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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453709088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453709085
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A "great storehouse of legends and traditions" according to translator E.A. Wallis Budge, 'The Kebra Nagast' most likely dates back to the sixth century AD, and provides an alternative view of many biblical stories.

According to this ancient text, the kings of Ethiopia were descended from Solomon, King of Israel, and the Queen of Sheba; the Ark of the Covenant had been brought from Jerusalem to Aksum by Meyelek, the son of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba; and the God of Israel had transferred his place of abode on earth from Jerusalem to Aksum, the ecclesiastical and political capital of Ethiopia. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I love the book, found it easy to read and very exciting.
PC
This is a paperback type book, but is put together nicely, and the print is easy to read.
C. Sleigh
And I was also pleased to receive the book in three days!
Yehochanan

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on December 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
Scholar E.A. Wallis Budge does a masterful job in highlighting the key elements contained in the 177 inspired chapters that explain the origins of the Solomonic line of the Emperors of Ethiopia and then presenting a clear and accurate translation.

Budge has five introductory sections - The Manuscripts of the Kebra Nagast, Translation of the Arabic Version, Legends of the Queen of Sheba in the Kur'an, Modern Legends of Soloman and the Queen of Sheba, Summary of the Contents of the Kebra Nagast - that are indispensable.

The Glory of Kings delves into how the Queen of Sheba met Solomon and how the Ark of the Covenant came to Ethiopia with Menelik I. It also contains an account of the conversion of the Ethiopians to the "Lord God of Israel."

This volume is a wonderful means to fully appreciate an incredible spiritual journey and awakening that continues today.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Yehochanan on January 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I give this book a 5! The paperback appears to be put together very well. The paper is thick and the letters are large for easy reading. So, the physical book is pretty good. The five introductions are an added bonus. And I was also pleased to receive the book in three days!

I would also like to make a comment about some other commentaries I have heard.

It is rather condescending to claim that the Kebra Negast contains "embellished stories". First, there is nothing in the Kebra Negast that contradicts the Holy Bible. Second, the Bible does not pretend to give a full of account of EVERY historical account in history. Such a description would fill a room full of books. The Tanakh (aka Old Testament) speaks only of the events that describe the nescience, rises, falls and ultimate redemption of Israel along with the way of life for Israel (the Torah). The New Testament speaks of the advent of the messiah, the Gospel, the initial conversion Gentiles to the true God and, finally, gives instructions on how to live in accordance with the Gospel. The Kebra Negast speaks of the how the Nation of Ethiopia came to know the Torah and then the Gospel. Therefore, it expounds on historical events that are important to the Ethiopian church and state. Since some of the events do not carry universal importance to all nations, they are not included in the Bible.

For example, the Bible does not include the narrative about the Solomonic dynasty through Menelik since the messianic lineage does not go through Menelik. The Kebra Negast clearly confirms the lineage of the messiah as given in the Tanakh and New Testament, that is, that the Messiah is from lineage of the Kings of Judah, not Ethiopia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SELDAB on December 27, 2012
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This is a very good print of a most holy book, which has been translated by a professional. It includes a very well written (almost 40 page) overview of the material and is put together extremely well. My only complaint, (if any), is that the book itself is wider than normal, so it sticks out much further than the other books on my shelf, hahaha.

If you are Jewish or Christian, you need to read this book even if you don't believe all of the material. It is a good Ethiopian history lesson and reveals much about their faith. It presents another story not found in the traditional Bible but does not contradict anything, in some cases it enhances the story and makes it more understandable! I don't think you will be disappointed if you make this purchase.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Sleigh on December 24, 2009
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This is a paperback type book, but is put together nicely, and the print is easy to read. The introduction explains that this is an English translation of the book, which is a combination of some truth, some Bible verses, and a lot of stories embellished with some imagination. It is interesting to review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Malach VINE VOICE on May 4, 2011
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The translation is not hard to read, but thou canst definitely telleth it is a translation. And yes, there are entire chapters devoted to begatting.

The book tells parts of the story of Solomon & Sheba, once through in each of the different versions of what transpired. It's not as repetitious as you think. In one, Sheba had one normal foot and the other was the foot of a goat. In another she had hairy legs and feet. Nice visual.

It totally blows my image of King Solomon. He had 400 wives and 600 concubines... but it's not what you think, they'd like us to believe. Then you get to the part where he tricks the Queen of Sheba into sleeping with him. As smart as Solomon was, he obviously didn't learn anything from Adam.

The first half of the book was entertaining to read, but it slowed down in the second half which, I felt, added nothing to the story.
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This is a very informative book. The illustrations were great but of course would have been better in color. I really enjoy this Coptic art.
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