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Connecting The Dots From Enoch To Sheba And Solomon

Connecting The Dots From Enoch To Sheba And Solomon

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Jews of Ethiopia have long believed they were descended from King Solomon through the mysterious queen of Sheba. In I Kings, chapter 10, she is said to have traveled to Jerusalem to experience for herself the riches and wisdom of King Solomon, son of David and greatest of the Hebrew kings. If the event ever took place, it probably happened between 965 and 931 BC. She brought a caravan full of lavish gifts and seemed to be quite taken with the king himself. The Queen of Sheba said to the king : “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard. How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness.” And she gave the king 120 talents of gold, large quantities of spices, and precious stones. Never again were so many spices brought in as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

17th-century AD painting of the Queen of Sheba from a church in Lalibela, Ethiopia.  National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa (CC BY-SA 2.0)

17th-century AD painting of the Queen of Sheba from a church in Lalibela, Ethiopia.  National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Who Was Sheba

Here is the problem. No one really knows who the queen of Sheba was or where she came from. There are two traditions: First: According to Arab and Islamic sources, the queen of Sheba was called Bilquis, and ruled over a nation on the southern Arabian Peninsula. It would have been located in what is now Yemen. Second: Ethiopian records have long claimed that she was called Makeda, and ruled over an empire based in northern Ethiopia.

There may be confirmation that one is dealing with history and not unsubstantiated legend, since archaeological evidence indicates that at the same time the mysterious monarch was said to have lived, Ethiopia and Yemen were ruled by a single dynasty for some four centuries. In other words, both traditions might be right. The queen of Sheba might have ruled over the entire empire of Ethiopia and Yemen.


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Jim Willis is author of nine books on religion and spirituality, he has been an ordained minister for over forty years while working part-time as a carpenter, the host of his own drive-time radio show, an arts council director and adjunct college professor in the fields of World Religions and Instrumental Music. He is author of Censoring God: The History of the Lost Books (and other Excluded Scriptures)

Top Image: Solomon and The Queen of Sheba, Giovanni De Min (19th Century) (Public Domain)

By Jim Willis



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It is my 100% belief that the Queen of Sheba was the Ethiopian Queen Makada of Ethiopia and Yemen, and it is a fact that Yemen was simply a part of the Ethiopian empire.  There is no confusion here to me in that it would be true that since Yemen was a colony of the Ethiopian empire, that the Ethiopian Queen Makada would indeed be associated with Yemen, same as the present day queen of England is still associated with its former colonies such as with Canada, Australia, and some Caribbean Island nations, but the administration would be headquartered in England, right?   That was the same with the relationship between Ethiopia and its client state of Yemen, whereas, the administration headquarters was centered in Ethiopia on the African continent, according to documented history.   So therefore, Queen Bilquis of Yemen and the Queen Makeda of Ethiopia are indeed the same person since it is  a fact that a single Ethiopian Dynasty ruled over both ountries for more than four centuries (400+ years)..  I must have missed the part about the Ethiopian Prophet Enoch, who was the oinly prophet who walked with God...

Charles Bowles

Hi All,

Jesus speaks of Queen Sheba in The Gospel of Matthew and Christ gives Her Praise for doing such a thing as meeting King Solomon too test him in his Wisdom in fact Jesus goes so far too say Queen Sheba will be present at The Judgement an will Condemn this Generation for the Murder of Jesus too the Second Death.

I noticed Jesus directed that warning too the Evangelists of John the Baptist and Christ's Day.

Not too long ago on PBS I watched an Episode of Finding your Root's, an this man name Norman Lear participated in the show where it turned out He was 100% Jewish ✡, it was also discovered that He is an Ancestor of Levi Father of the Levites; Dr. Gates research Team found Abraham's Genetic signature within Norman Lear. This is why I'm sharing this information.

In 2008, National Geographic aired the Documentary (which can occassionally be seen on Ytube) In Search of Adam.

It was an impressive Journey but, while launching this exploration in to who we are and where we come from In Search of Adam as in Genesis & Jubilees Adam; the Scientists tracked down an Ethiopian exile Royal whose location couldn't be revealed now the DNA did show the man's DNA had Jewish Y Chromosomes.

The program wasn't sure although the Royals DNA was that of Jewish Ancestry ✡ they weren't sure it was King Solomon's but, apparently the Y Chromosomes did date back to King Solomon's Timeline.

If Dr. Gates retraced the steps of the scientist who did the In Search of Adam documentary I think they'll be able to uncover more DNA from the Ethiopian Exiled Royal, his research team. Besides Dr. Gates Team found Eve within the Kenyan Born Actress Lupita knowing how Science works this would be Scientific Eve.

That's all I wished to share about Queen Sheba and King Solomon. There is one thing that puzzles me about this article, What of Enoch?

I know that since Abraham was found in Norman Lear with painstaking care it's possible DNA Scientists could begin to dig like Palentologist do for Behemoth's & Dragon's (Biblical Humor), and search for Shem father of the Semites; First Born Son of Noah.

Noah was the 10th Generation from Adam by the way did anyone know when the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered that They Found fragments of an Scroll The Book of Noah?

Getting back to Generation's from Adam. So Noah is 10th Generation from Adam and Noah's Great-grandfather who Did Not Taste Death Enoch was the 7th Generation from Adam.

I think since I'm not God, that God took Enoch because He was Reverting all the way back to How Adam first started out so there was No Room for Enoch on Earth or in Death.

With What was discovered within Norman Lear I think that geneticist can begin to find Shem, Noah, Lamech (Noah's father) Methuselah, & finally Enoch.

Well until next time, Everyone, Goodbye!

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After graduating from the Eastman School of Music, Jim Willis became a high school band and orchestra teacher during the week, a symphony trombonist on the weekends, a jazz musician at night and a choral conductor on Sunday mornings. ... Read More

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