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The Kebra Nagast: The Queen of Sheba and Her Only Son Menyelek (Forgotten Books) Paperback – November 7, 2007
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"E.A. Wallis Budge was the Curator of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities at the British Museum from 1894 to 1924. Along with his post at the British Museum, he was a Sometime Scholar of Christ's College, a scholar at the University of Cambridge, Tyrwhitt, and a Hebrew Scholar. Best known for his numerous translator works, Budge collected a large number of Coptic, Greek, Arabic, Syriac, Ethiopian, and Egyptian Papyri manuscripts. He was also involved in numerous archaeology digs in Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Sudan.
Budge is perhaps best known for translating The Egyptian Book of The Dead (also known as The Papyrus of Ani), as well as analyzing many of the practices of Egyptian religion, language and ritual. Of his written works, Budge made the first books oriented toward students of hieroglyphics. They consisted of translated texts and hieroglyphs, as well as a complete dictionary of hieroglyphs. In addition, his published works cover areas of Egyptian culture reaching from Egyptian religion, to Egyptian mythology, and magical practices. Budge was knighted in 1920. He died November 23, 1934 in London, England." (Quote from mnsu.edu)
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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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