There is a strong tradition that some of the descendants of Noah
through his son Ham were black. Ham had a son named Cush, which means
"black" in Hebrew. Cush is the most common term designating color in
reference to persons, people or lands used in the Bible. It’s used 58
times in the King James Version. The Greek and Latin word is Ethiopia.
In classical literature, Greek and Roman authors describe Ethiopians
as black. Archaeology has found these people to be black. In the book
of Jeremiah, the question is asked, "Can the Ethiopian change his
Genesis 10:6-20 describes the descendants of Ham as being located in
North Africa, Central Africa and in parts of southern Asia. Psalm
105:23 mentions the "land of Ham" in Egypt, and Psalm 78:51 connects
the "tents of Ham" with Egypt.
I'm going to write this answer from top of my head. It's not unreasonable to believe this theory. If we take in consideration scripture that describes Ancient of Days (name Daniel used for God) having hair like wool. Or in revelations similar description: "The hair of His head was white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes were like a blazing fire." referring to Yeshua... key clue is wooly head which is of course typical "African" (for lack of better term) feature. If we look at ancient archaeology we can conclude that ancient B.C. civilisations like Sumer, Babylon, Akkadian, Hattites, 'Israel', and others had darker complexion... even ancient Chinese etc.
So how did the current Jews some to Israel and no trace of darker complexion?
Well answer is diaspora, exile and numerous ethnic cleansing and wars on the Jews etc...
This is even in scriptures all over the place.
This is why now we have various African Jewish tribes claiming to be "original jews"...
Genetic tests carried out by British scientists have revealed that
many of the Lemba tribesmen in southern Africa have Jewish origins,
according to a report by the BBC. The Lemba, a tribe of 70,000 to
80,000 members who live in central Zimbabwe and northern South Africa,
have customs which are similar to Jewish ones: Lemba refrain from
eating pork or other foods forbidden by the Torah, or forbidden
combinations of permitted foods, wear yarmulke-like skull caps,
conduct ritual animal slaughter, have a holy day once a week, and even
put a Star of David on their gravestones. According to their oral
tradition, the Lemba are descended from seven Jewish men who left
Israel 2,500 years ago and married African women, according to the
BBC. The Lemba prefer their children to marry other Lembas, and
marriage to non-Lembas is being discouraged.
Their sacred prayer language is a mixture of Hebrew and Arabic. Their
religious artifact is a replica of the Biblical Ark of the Covenant
known as the ‘ngoma lungundu’, meaning "the drum that thunders.” The
object went on display recently at a museum in Harare, Zimbabwe, and
has instilled pride in many of the Lemba. They say the ark was built
almost 700 years ago from the remains of the original ark, which
according to the Bible was used to store the Ten Commandments. For
decades, the ancient vessel was thought to be lost until it was
discovered in a storeroom in Harare recently.
Members of the priestly clan of the Lemba, the Buba – which is one of
12 clans – have a genetic element also found among the Jewish priestly
line, known as Kohanim. "This was amazing," Professor Tudor Parfitt
from the University of London told the BBC. "It looks as if the Jewish
priesthood continued in the West by people called Cohen, and in same
way it was continued by the priestly clan of the Lemba.”
It's not that crazy if you study the history IMO...
There is a lot of correlation between Hebrew customs and African customs of West Africa for example, you have Books like "Hebrewisms of West Africa: From Nile to Niger with the Jews" that describe this.
In 1930 the Dial Press of New York published a book by Joseph J.
Williams entitled Hebrewisms of West Africa: From Nile to Niger with
the Jews. Williams was a Catholic friar who devoted several years in
Jamaica studying the Ashanti. In his observations, he noted remarkable
evidence of Hebraic culture amongst them.
He indicates quite interestingly that, “The very name Ashanti has
itself a strong Hebraic flavor. For, while some would derive the word
from ‘Shan’ the name of a plant, and ‘dti,’ to eat, claiming that the
title must have been acquired in the time of great famine, when they
found sustenance in the plan in question, this is mere quesswork.
Actually, the termination of “ti” or “tie” in the names of West
African Tribes has usually the general meaning of ‘the race of,’ ‘the
men of,’ ‘the children of.’ This would make Ashanti, ‘the people of
Ashan.’ There was as a fact, a town of the name Ashan in the domain of
Juda. Priests were in residence there according to the First Book of
Chronicles, where the word is spelt ASHAN though in the corresponding
passage of Joshua it is spelt AIN, which the Jewish Encyclopedia
suggests ‘may be a corruption of Ashan.’” (pp. 60-61)
Note: See 1 Chronicles 6:59 and Joshua 21:16 for the Scriptural references.
Williams also notes a “truly remarkable similarity of the Ashanti Yame
and the Hebrew Yahweh, first as regards the etymological derivation of
the words themselves; and then in the tribal concept of Divine
Attributes and the created channels of Divine influence; and finally
in the divided service.” (p.320) The Ashanti also believed in a
Redeemer whose name was Ta Kora, the “son of the supreme God.” (p.320)
Not all Jews are anti-Christ but to the contrary, the true Jews
acknowledge Moshiach as being identified as Yeshua.
Hebrewisms were not just limited to the Ashanti in Jamaica but were
plentiful in the land from which they came: Africa. Williams notes the
following irrefutable evidence of Hebrewisms in Africa:
• The Floggings, the traditional number of strokes: forty less one
• The common practice of New Moon festivals • The oath drink • The
expectation of a Moshiach • Jewish distinction between diaboli and
demonia • The duodecimal division of tribes into families • Exogamy •
Blood sacrifices with the sprinkling of blood upon the altar and
door-posts • Mourning Customs • Obsessions • Legal defilement • Jewish
octave • Law on adultery • Sabbath rest • Levirate marriages •
Circumcision • Priestly garb
Today there are numerous "Hebrew Isrealite" movements that claim that original jews were indeed darker complexion.
It's still very controversial because of classical icon of Jesus in Roman Catholic church.
But also let's take in consideration Eastern orthodox or Ethiopian orthodox churches their iconography shows darker "Jesus/Yeshua" and old Ethiopian story of how they became Jewish/Christian goes that son of Solomon and Queen of Sheba went south and started Ethiopian empire.
Ethiopia has one of the oldest churches and even claims to have ark of the covenant maybe we should look into their traditions and knowledge to learn what they have to say and not only look at Roman Catholic perspective and imagery.
The Solomonic dynasty, also known as the House of Solomon, is the
former ruling Imperial House of the Ethiopian Empire. The dynasty's
members claim patrilineal descent from the biblical King Solomon and
the Queen of Sheba. Tradition asserts that the Queen gave birth to
Menelik I after her biblically described visit to Solomon in
Jerusalem.1 In 1270, the Zagwe dynasty of Ethiopia was overthrown by
Yekuno Amlak, who claimed descent from Solomon and initiated the
Solomonic era of Ethiopia. The dynasty would last until 1974, ended by
a coup d'état and deposition of the emperor Haile Selassie.
This first image shows Jews being taken to Babylonian captivity
The blackness of the ancient Hebrews has been vehemently denied by
most historians and lay people. Most Jews do not want to acknowledge
this truth because of what it means regarding the present day Jewish
population. The images in this document prove that the ancient Hebrews
were black. Notice the kinky short afros in some pictures, the dread
locks of the Hebrews, the brown complexion of
skin, and the African facial features of the Hebrews in the pictures.
Siege of Lachish:
Detail of the Assyrian conquest of the Jewish fortified town of Lachish (battle 701 BC). Part of a relief from the palace of Sennacherib at Niniveh