The Queen of Sheba

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Edward Poynter, 1890, in the Art Gallery of NSW.
Queen of Sheba visits King Solomon

Below I copied an interesting article about the Queen of Sheba:

(I only copied the first part)

The Queen Of Sheba
By Michael Wood
Last updated 2011-02-17
Graphic showing ancient caravan trade routes
Michael Wood explores the historical background to the legend of the Queen of Sheba, and discusses the role she plays in the cultural traditions of the Red Sea region.
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Layers of the legend
Jewish legend
Unpicking the clues
Islamic tradition
Ethiopian tradition
An enigma
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Layers of the legend

The Queen of Sheba – an exotic and mysterious woman of power – is immortalised in the world’s great religious works, among them the Hebrew Bible and the Muslim Koran. She also appears in Turkish and Persian painting, in Kabbalistic treatises, and in medieval Christian mystical works, where she is viewed as the embodiment of Divine Wisdom and a foreteller of the cult of the Holy Cross. In Africa and Arabia her tale is still told to this day and, indeed, her tale has been told and retold in many lands for nearly 3,000 years.

The sources and history of the legend, however, are elusive.

Hollywood, too, has fallen under her spell, releasing its own polished epic version of her story in the glossy Solomon and Sheba of 1959. The sources and history of the legend, however, are elusive. No other popular heroine is so celebrated but so puzzling.

Trying to ascertain who she may really have been is an arduous task, and a question soon arises. Why, if so little is known about her, has she become such an important figure? The tales of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba have, after all, even provided the founding myths for the modern states of Israel and Ethiopia.

3 thoughts on “The Queen of Sheba

  1. Fascinating! I remember seeing the film Solomon and Sheba in 1959 or 60, with Gina Lollobrigida – it was one of the first widescreen production, I think – but remember nothing at all about it!

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