The Kebra Negast, with 15 original illustrations

The Kebra Negast with original illustrations The Kebra Nagast Glory of Kings was written at least one thousand years ago and takes its theme from much older sources some going back to the first century AD Written originally in the African clas

  • Title: The Kebra Negast, with 15 original illustrations
  • Author: E.A. Wallis Budge
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Kebra Nagast Glory of Kings was written at least one thousand years ago, and takes its theme from much older sources, some going back to the first century AD Written originally in the African classical language Ge ez, the book tells the history of a Davidic line of African monarchs, descended from King Solomon of Israel and Maqeda, Queen of Sheba Saba , who journThe Kebra Nagast Glory of Kings was written at least one thousand years ago, and takes its theme from much older sources, some going back to the first century AD Written originally in the African classical language Ge ez, the book tells the history of a Davidic line of African monarchs, descended from King Solomon of Israel and Maqeda, Queen of Sheba Saba , who journeyed to the Levant specifically to visit the wise and far famed monarch It was a successful meeting of minds, and Maqeda proved the equal of Solomon the Wise in a series of long philosophical discussions But the Hebrew monarch was not merely attracted to the African Queen s intellect by means of a ploy, he seduced Maqeda, who gave birth to a son, Ebna Lahakim But this seduction proved to be Solomon s undoing While in Israel, Prince Ebna Lahakim gathered around him a group of royal nobles and together they seized the two most powerful symbols of Israel s compact with the Almighty the Ark of the Covenant and the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments These trophies were carried back to Abyssinia where, it is said, they remain to this day.

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    1. The majority of this book is pretty great, and I was sure I'd give it a perfect rating until I reached the last 11 or 12 chapters. At that point, the structure switched completely from narratives and interesting comparisons between Jewish and Christian concepts to simply listing "prophecies" allegedly made about Jesus in the Old Testament. They were not in the most concise order, and some of the quotes were altered or taken out of context so the comparisons would work better.After a few chapters [...]

    2. When I saw an old manuscript copy of the Kebra Nagast in a church in Addis Abeba, I knew I wanted to find out what was said on those fragile, yellowing pages. I can't read the ancient Ge'ez script, but this 1922 translation by Sir Wallis Budge appears to be well done. Kebra Nagast means Glory of Kings, and is the story of the Kings of Ethiopia. The first chapters relate a large part of the Old Testament, albeit in a very condensed form: the creation of the world, Adam (Eve isn't mentioned at all [...]

    3. A fascinating read. A curious mixture of the old and new testament with a long addition about how the Ethiopians stole the Ark of the Covenant, apparently with Yahweh's blessing.It's more a book of rather garbled history that is in part made up (the king of Rome was a Jew) than a book of wisdom. And as far as wisdom goes, it comes across rather misogynistic (women can not rule), anti-Semitic (117: "they were to determine that the Jews were no longer to live"), xenophobe (do not marry outsiders) [...]

    4. Another purchase when I was in my Ark of the Covenant phase. Some say that it was stolen by Menyelek, son of the Queen of Sheba and King David, out of revenge for being spurned by his father. Menyelek brought it to Ethiopia where it sits today. The Templars followed the clues found when they dug beneath the site of Temple in Israel, and on their journey to Ethiopia built churches throughout Africa, many of which can be seen today. A wonderful theory if anything!

    5. Really enjoyed this book. The translation and editing was done really well for such a old text. Now I understand why there is such a strong Jewish presence in Ethiopia. It also explains why the people of this country were so receptive to Christianity. Since they were well aware of the prophecies concerning the Messiah, they would have understood that Jesus fulfilled them. Also enjoyed reading about a women who was a queen in such ancient times.

    6. This was absolutely fascinating. However, I couldn't help wondering if the stealing of the Ark of the Covenant was really just to big themselves up, like when the Scots pretended that they had the Stone of Scone all along, even though they were quite happy to see our "fake" one returned to them and never produced the real one!

    7. Lots of randomly interjected Holy Roman Empire trickery, but overall, the story of Solomon, Bathsheba/Makeda, and their son Menelik is solid and fits within the narratives from the official books(Quran, Injeel, Torah) on the great Prophet.

    8. Facsinating Etheopian bible documenting their version of the King Solomon/ Queen of Etheopia encounter. It describes the ark of the covenant leaving Solomons kingdom, stolen by the son the Queen conceived during her visit to him.

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