The Queen of Sheba:
Makeda

full_makedaMakeda was the Queen of Ethiopia. Some believe that the capital of her kingdom, Axum, was founded 100 years after the Great Flood depicted in the Bible.

To King Solomon of Israel she was the Queen of Sheba. Queen Makeda had an unquenchable desire for truth and wisdom. Her adventurous spirit led to her to explore many kingdoms and to capture the love of Solomon, the most powerful king of the time.

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She was so impressed with his wisdom that she adopted Jehova as the one true God. Shortly thereafter she returned to her own country. Although Solomon would have preferred that she stay, he pulled her aside saying, “Take this ring so that thou mayest not forget me.”

Queen Makeda departed for home, and nine months and five days after she left King Solomon, she gave birth to a male child, Ibn al-Hakim, “Son of the wise man.” His royal name was Menelik.

When he was 15 years old, Menelik traveled to Jerusalem to visit his father. As it turned out, he did not need the ring Solomon had given his mother to be recognized by the ruler. Solomon kissed and embraced his son, and asked him to stay.  “My lord, it is impossible for me to abandon my country and my mother; I swore that I would return to her.”

Except for a brief period during the ninth and tenth centuries, and until the demise of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Conquering Lion of Judah, descendants of Queen Makeda ruled the throne of Ethiopia until 1974.

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