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Born in England, Wallis Budge is the author of numerous history books.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Research Associates School Times Publications; Reprint edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948390425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948390425
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Fegely on February 3, 2002
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This is an excellent accessible reprint of the famous Oxford Univ Press translation by Sir E. A. Wallis Budge, perhaps the foremost Egyptologist and archaeolinguist of the late 19th Century. It retells the Ethiopian legend of the founding of the "Solomonic" dynasty, which only ended with the demise of Emperor Haille Selassie I, and the insistent "proof" provided by the presence of a hidden artifact in the Sanctuary Chapel at Mariam Tseyon in Axum, said to be the original Ark of the Covenant. This edition suffers somewhat in omitting Budge's 50-odd page introductory essay, which was rich in historical background and knowledgeable commentary. The interesting part for many, the famed romance between King Solomon and Queen Makeda, is somewhat glossed as the scribe/deacon was in no little hurry to provde a patent of the divine right to rule for the then-current monarch. Scholars might find useful query in whether there is evidence of an older (pre-Christian tale) with interpolations later made to "Christianize" it as the religion of the aristocracy in Ethiopia changed, which might indicate the pedigree of the tale. This is the legend prompting many current sects' preaching of Afrocentric ownership of <"true"> Judaism and Christianity -and Rastafarianism (Haille Selassie's given name was Ras Tafari). Persons looking for a good romance will find here the foundations for Ms. Janice Dennie's series of historical romances such as "Moon Goddess; the Queen of Sheba" and the forthcoming "Menyelik the Conquering Lion" -also available through Amazon!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By icebergslims on October 24, 2001
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The story goes back to a time in history when Ethiopia was a great trading civilzation. The kingdom of Ethiopia of course being tied betweeen the Sabeans and Abyssinians. The story of Saba was greatly absorbed into the lore of the ethiopian people. The Abyssinians adapted christainty under the king Ezra and wrote many sacred book in the native language of Ge'ez. The story encompaes a Queen by the name of Makeda that would give birth to a mighty son named Ras Memelik. Memelik would then lead nations under the Solmanic dynasty that would be ruled in Ethiopia,and giving way to Aksum. I recommend anyone that want to learn about the mystical and magical place known as Ethiopia. The book will take you into the root of Ethiopic soul. I wouldn't Recommend Budge, but the other two versions of this are filled with biased or rastafarinism. If you can get another book by Budge called The Ethiopian book of the dead aka the Bandlement of rightenous. Overall Budge's translation is not all that bad,but sometimes he is not liked because he is one of the White Egyptaintologist who sugested that Egypt had an African origin.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christopher L. Fessler on October 17, 2003
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I would have given this book zero stars but 1 was the lowest allowed. This is a total cheap rip off chop job reprint. I could take the corn ball dread lock guys pasted on the cover with green crowns on their heads but they don't tell you that they have completely left out Budge's introducti0n. I had to go find it on line and download it (the whole book is online by the way, if you care to read/ print it).
The typface is in at least two different fonts.
How they got an actual photograph of Makeda, the legendary Queen of Sheba is beyond me.
When you look through the index, they have left in all the references to the missing introduction so there are all these entries in roman numerals that do not exist.
Give me a break.
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By David Beltrán on November 14, 2013
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God book , for free soul, the ethiopian history , is the true history of the bible pople.
Nice book for read.
This book is a key to understanding the African origins of Christianity.
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