Thursday, May 08, 2008

Report of Queen of Sheba's Palace

Trend News reports the discovery of Queen of Sheba's palace.  I have no independent knowledge of this excavation, so it not impossible that there's a kernel of truth in the story.  But I would note a few things that suggest caution before you include this in your list of "greatest discoveries of the Bible."  1) The news sources which are currently carrying the story are not ones I'm familiar with.  If this was carried by a source like the Associated Press, then it would carry more weight. 2) The story's claim that Sheba was married to Solomon is based on late tradition, and certainly is not mentioned in the Bible, as the article says.  Getting simple facts like these wrong makes me wonder if the rest of the facts are based on such flimsy reporting.  3) There is no evidence that the ark of the covenant went to Ethiopia.  The tradition is based in part on the tradition that Sheba was married to Solomon (or at least gave birth to his child).  4) Many scholars believe that Sheba was in modern Yemen. 

Archaeologists believe they have found the Queen of Sheba's palace at Axum, Ethiopia and an altar which held the most precious treasure of ancient Judaism, the Ark of the Covenant, the University of Hamburg said Wednesday, the dpa reported.

Scientists from the German city made the startling find during their spring excavation of the site over the past three months.

The Ethiopian queen was the bride of King Solomon of Israel in the 10th century before the Christian era. The royal match is among the memorable events in the Bible.

Ethiopian tradition claims the Ark, which allegedly contained Moses' stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written, was smuggled to Ethiopia by their son Menelek and is still in that country.

The University said scientists led by Helmut Ziegert had found remains of a 10th-century-BC palace at Axum-Dungur under the palace of a later Christian king. There was evidence the early palace had been torn down and realigned to the path of the star Sirius.

The story continues here.

HT: Paleojudaica

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  • Is there any relationship between this recent article and the Smithsonian piece that was done a while ago: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/11155706.html

    By Blogger Ragamuffin Gunner, at Thu May 08, 11:48:00 AM  

  • The Smithsonian article seems to deal only with the tradition about the ark in Ethiopia, and not the excavations of the 10th century palace.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Thu May 08, 01:03:00 PM  

  • What are your thoughts on "The Sign and The Seal" by Graham Hancock?

    By Blogger Ragamuffin Gunner, at Mon May 19, 12:41:00 PM  

  • I have not read that book.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Mon May 19, 10:48:00 PM  

  • I wonder what exactly they found that leads them to believe that the palace uncovered belongs to the same queen as the Queen of Sheba.

    By Blogger Heather B. Moore, at Fri Jun 06, 02:54:00 PM  

  • THE ANCIENT ETHIOPIANS HAD AN EMPIRE THAT STRETCHED FROM PRESENT DAY YEMEN SAUDI ARABIA SUDAN ETHIOPIA AND KENYA. tHE HEAD QUARTERS WAS IN ETHIOPIA AXUM. PLEASE DONT GET FOOLED BY THE BAD ETHIOPIAN MEDIA OUT THERE THAT INVOLVES FAMINE BELIEVE IT OR NOT ABYSSYNIA (ETHIOPIA)was A HISTORICAL OLD NATION MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE PLENTY OF TIMES please visit ethiopia you will open your eyes at what great history culture it has or go to the imperial website

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Jun 07, 11:27:00 AM  

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