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Queen of Sheba

The legend of the queen of Sheba runs like a glittering thread through the world's three monotheistic civilizations, embodying everything from religious allegory to love story. The Old Testament and Qur'an describe Sheba, the alluring ruler of a vast Arabian trading empire, arriving at the court of King Solomon with gifts of gold, incense and precious stones. Medieval artists and commentators saw her as a symbol of the future church. (In Solomon, whose intelligence the queen tested with riddles, they discerned the precursor of Christ.) Today Sheba is also known as a siren.

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Artistic Influence

  • King Solomon receives the Queen of Sheba,... e l'Histoire Sainte' (colour litho)
  • King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
  • King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, after an original miniature (colour litho)
  • King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
  • Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba, 1648

History & Legend

  • The Legend of the True Cross, the Verificati... of Sheba Kissing the Cross, 1464
  • The Meeting of King Solomon and the Queen of... Doors of the Baptistery, 1425-52
  • A Clever Queen Learns the Wisdom of God: The Queen of Sheba in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Qur'an
    In making a study of the character of the Queen of Sheba, this article will use a narrative critical method for a close reading of the two scriptures.3 This method focuses on the structure of the narrative plot and how that unfolds for the... more
  • Family Life: Great dynasties of the world: No 30 The Ethiopian royal family: Ian Sansom on a clan that began with King Solomon
    The Ethiopian royal family base their right to rule on a dynastic line stretching back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, though Bahru Zewde in A History of Modern Ethiopia: 1855-1974, says the association between Solomon - king of... more
  • Guardians of the Lost Ark
    Ethiopia's Christians stake their identity on being heirs of Solomon and keepers of his treasure. more
  • Keepers of the Lost Ark?
    "They shall make an ark of acacia wood," God commanded Moses in the Book of Exodus, after delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. And so the Israelites built an ark, or chest, gilding it inside and out. And into this chest Moses... more
  • The Queen of Sheba's Fuzzy Legs
    Thank you for your feature on adoption ["Sex and Shame in a Different Era", Winter 2000]. In 1964 I was a pregnant teenager waiting out an illegitimate pregnancy and arranging to give up the baby. At the last minute I chickened out, let myself... more
  • Quest for the Ark of the Covenant: The True History of the Tablets of Moses
    The commercial title of this book may put off those literary scholars who would be interested in its contents. The purpose of this review is to call attention to some of the remarkable information it contains about medieval and early modern... more