November 18, 2008

The Queen of Sheba- Woman of Mystery

Many people think that the origins of the Queen of Sheba is a mystery, not in Ethiopia. They believe the woman who entranced King Solomon was the Ethiopian queen Makeda. Queen Makeda was born in 1020 B.C.E., when her father died she became the queen over the land and it was reported that she was both beautiful and rich.

Makeda found out about King Solomon of Jerusalem through an Ethiopian merchant prince named Tamrin. The queen was so impressed with the description of the king that she traveled to Jerusalem to meet him.

When she arrived in Jerusalem, King Solomon wined and dined her and her entourage, paying special attention to Makeda. They both were delighted with eachother's company that Solomon converted her to his religion Judaism.

While she stayed with King Solomon Makeda became pregnant with his child. Though she was pregnant she had to return her country to rule. Shortly after she returned to Sheba she gave birth to a son naming him Ebna Hakim meaning "son of the wise man."

As the legend goes when their son turned 22 he was sent to visit his father. Solomon was overjoyed to see his son. Solomon wanted him to stay in Jerusalem to become his successor but Ebna wanted to return to Sheba. Solomon let him go sending his counselors' sons who were trained in Hebraic law. These missionaries formed a community of the Falasha (Black Jews- bet ya'll didn't know there were Black Jews in the world) of Ethiiopia, who still form a significant part of the population.

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  1. These are awesome! I love reading about powerful and strong women! :)

  2. Thanks for the comment. You should stay tune I still have 99 more..... lol