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On 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 d. After my unfortunate experience with the awful edition published by Red Sea press I bought this edition This edition is published by a publishing company specialising in ecclesiastical historyThe edition had few notes and is the Budge translation but at least they didn t lie to me about the contents and the translation

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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 Maeda ueen of Sheba Saba who journeye. 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 uotes were altered or taken out of context so the comparisons would work betterAfter a few chapters the structure switched back and became acceptable but this time the issue was several disturbingly anti Jewish passages I m not completely stunned that a book telling how the Ark of the Covenant left Israel and resided in Ethiopia an Orthodox Christian country would contain some anti Jewish sentiments but it gets pretty vicious towards the end I ve read many books I didn t agree with but it just brought down the epic nature of the book that was established in the first 100 or so chapters Maybe it s just me

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D to the Levant specifically to visit the wise and far famed monarch It was a successful meeting of minds and Maeda proved the eual of Solomon the Wise in a series of long philosophical discussions But the Hebrew monarch was not merely attracted to the African ueen’s intellect by means of a ploy he seduced Maeda who gave birth to a son Ebna Lahakim But this seducti. 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 Cain slaying his brother Abel Noah and the Flood Abraham Moses Although the stories are slightly different from those in the Bible and much shorter I think it is fascinating to see how they have spread to Northern Africa to become part of culture in EthiopiaWhen we arrive at Solomon and the construction of the temple the Kebra Negast takes an interesting turn it tells us about an Ethiopian merchant called T mr n who provides some of the materials for the temple construction and is very much impressed with the wisdom of King Solomon Upon return in his own country this T mr n tells the ueen of the South or ueen of Sheba all about the wise King and she becomes very wishful and most desirous to go that she might hear his wisdom and see his face and embrace him and petition his royaltyThe rest reads like a romance the ueen of Sheba does indeed travel to Jerusalem and King Solomon seduces her by means of a cunning scheme When she returns to Ethiopia she carries a child who is to become King Menyelek I of Ethiopia the first in a series of monarchs who Ethiopians believe all descended from Solomon Sir Wallis Budge added several introductory chapters all very enlightening on the various manuscripts of the Kebra Nagast and how the existence of the book was unknown in Europe until the Portuguese went searching for the legendary Prester John in what was then called Abyssinia on the Arabic translation on what is written about the ueen of Sheba and King Solomon in the uran surprisingly in that version the ueen s legs are hairy as the legs of a donkey and an alternative legend in which the ueen of the South travels to Jerusalem not in search of Solomon s wisdom but to find a cure for her deformed heel I am glad to finally have read this if only to have a better understanding of the traditions in Ethiopia its many churches and religious holidays With King Menyelek I alleged to have ruled around 950 BC these must be very old stories indeed


10 thoughts on “ክብረ ነገሥት kəbrä nägäśt

  1. says:

    The majority of this book is pretty great and I was sure I'd give it a perfect rating until I reached the last 1

  2. says:

    Beautiful Ethiopian version of the Bible Praise to HIM

  3. says:

    Note I am reviewing the edition not the book the book I would give a 35 I bought this book intending to read a work of huge importance with regard to the Monophysite faith’s historical development This edition said a mo

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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 blessingIt's 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

  6. says:

    A little dull at parts lists of scripture prophecies eg and with typical medieval prejudices anti Jewish rhetoric but a really important and interesting document outlining the central political mythology of the Ethiopian empire which traces each Negus of Ethiopia back to King Solomon It also has other elaborations on biblical stories interesting ideas about the Fathers at Nicaea and a theory of how all kings are descendants of She

  7. says:

    After my unfortunate experience with the awful edition published by Red Sea press I bought this edition This edition is published by a publishing company specialising in ecclesiastical historyThe edition had few notes and is the Budge translation but at least they didn't lie to me about the contents and the translation

  8. says:

    A deep and inconspicuous detail of the fall of the tribes of Judah and the manner with which the holy law was made perverse by the Roman empire and the spiritual reasons for the west oppressing the African Zion

  9. says:

    Helped me connect with my roots

  10. says:

    Pretty redundant but gets the point across