What a lady to talk about today! I’ve seen many movies and even documentaries on programs with Josh Gates regarding The Queen of Sheba.
We learned that she visited King Solomon (1 Kings 10 & 2 Chronicles 9) during his reign. There’s speculation as to why she came to visit. Some believe he had an affair with her during her visit. Yet some sources say that there’s no tangible evidence she existed. I say she did since it’s in the Bible. Of all countries she’s claimed to have reigned in Ethiopia. Scholars believe her name was actually Makeda from the land of Sheba.
According to Christian Ethiopians who have visited Jerusalem; claim that she was seduced by Solomon and returned home and gave birth to a son Menelik. After Menelik grew older, he would end up journeying back to Jerusalem to visit his father Solomon and subsequently stole the Ark of the Covenant to Aksum, where it resides in St. Mary of Zion Church. I’ve also read that King Solomon gave it to him. I’ve also seen that he gave each child a “reproduction of it”.
I saw a documentary with Josh Gates where he visited this monastery that claims to hold and protect the Ark of the Covenant. Of course they wouldn’t allow him in to lay eyes on it. Unfortunately as far as any archeological evidence of there being an empire dating back to the time she could’ve reigned, hasn’t been found. According to https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/who-is-the-queen-of-sheba-in-the-bible/ “the land of Sheba truly ancient Ethiopia, as purported by the Kebra Nagast? Archaeological and historical sources document a Kingdom of Saba (Sheba) during Biblical times in modern-day Yemen.” So Yemen and not Ethiopia? Hmmm..
It wasn’t a secret that King Solomon had many lady friends. The Bible tells us The Queen of Sheba came to see King Solomon to see if what she heard was true. She brought him a lot of lavish gifts, and he seemed to impress her by answering every question she asked.
Is it possible that she conceived a child from this visit? Is the Ark of the Covenant in this monastery in Ethiopia? It sure makes for a great book or movie base doesn’t it? We all love a good mystery or treasure hunt. Some of the people in this region were DNA tested and so far there’s nothing connecting them back to Jerusalem. I’m unsure if these tests have continued. For now, The Queen of Sheba will remain the mysterious woman who dazzled King Solomon.
Lord, thank you for this beautiful Saturday. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share with those who follow me and share my posts. I hope they all are blessed by your word. Amen