The Kebra Nagast (var. Kebra Negast, Ge’ez, kəbrä nägäst), or the Book of the Glory of Kings, is an account written in Ge’ez of the origins of the Solomonic line. The Kebra nagast (Glory of Kings), written from to , relates the birth of Menelik—the son of Solomon and Makada, the queen of Sheba—who became. The Kebra Nagast, by E.A.W. Budge, [], full text etext at

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By the time that the Kebra Nagast, with its claim to Ethiopian kbire of the Tablets of the Law later the Ark of the Covenant was included as well23was written, the very loss of the talisman was a weapon against the Jews, who would engest have lost such treasures of their religion had they not been unworthy.

He had asked of Solomon only for a single tassel from the covering over the Ark, and Solomon had given him the entire cloth. It is considered to hold the genealogy of the Solomonic dynastywhich followed the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. In the first quarter of the 16th century, P.

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Johnson, ‘Dating the Kebra Nagast. Earlier, inshortly after becoming Regent, but before being crowned as Emperor, Haile Selassie I had directed that certain “cruel and unusual” punishments mandated in the Fethasuch as amputation of hands for conviction of theft, be made to cease entirely.

Instead, it praises the ambitious governor of Intarta in Tigray province, Ya’ibika Egzi’, who was patron of Yeshaq, the leader of the ‘translators’ and writer of the colophon. I, Munich ; Sir E. Kaleb is an historical person, unlike the legendary figures of the other prominent characters in the Kebra Nagast such as Ebna Hakim called in later versions of the legend, Menelik and his mother Queen Makeda the queen of Shebaand the Israelite contingent, sons of Solomon’s principal advisers, who supposedly came with 2 45 Menelik to Ethiopia and founded the priestly and administrative classes.

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After chapter 94, the author takes a step back and describes a more global view of what he had been describing in previous chapters. He goes on to postulate the potential source of hostile dialogue between Yusuf and Kaleb.


The very real possibility that Kaleb was a convert to Christianity may also be relevant to his church-building activity and to the destruction he is said to have inflicted upon the idols and the pagan temples of South Arabia.

In chapter 90, we see a heavy emphasis on God’s law and rules he sits forth for his believers to follow, which he presents by choosing the house of Jacob to reign as kings and to spread God’s message.

All this permits little confidence in the book as a contemporary or near contemporary work of the time of Kaleb, of the sixth or the seventh century, even with the possibility of emendations and additions; but nor does 5 48 it positively confirm it as a fourteenth century one.

Andrews,p. Indeed, given the book’s theme — the proving of the passing of the heritage from old Israel to the new Israel, in all its aspects — it would be extraordinary to encounter restraint towards the Jews.

This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat Shahid envisages, ‘a polemic on the Israelite origins of the parties involved’. It was not until the close of the eighteenth century when James Bruce of Kinnaird, the famous Scottish explorer, published an account of his travels in search of negestt sources of the Nilethat some information as to the contents of the Kebra Nagast came to be generally known amongst European scholars and theologians.

They thus date long before Kaleb, and provide, if anything, even stronger proof that the interim kings between Ezana and Kaleb were Christian.

All this permits little confidence in the book as a contemporary or near contemporary work of the time of Kaleb, of the sixth or the seventh century, even with the possibility of emendations and additions; but nor does. We seem to be very far from the definite assertion of Johnson: Then the kingdom of the Jews shall be made an end of and the Kingdom of Christ shall be jegest until the advent of the False Messiah.

The relation of Caleb’s building activity to the legend of Solomonic descent may receive support also from postbiblical literature, in which Solomon emerged as the great builder in many parts of the Near East to whom numerous structures were ascribed, including many in South Arabia itself in the pre-Islamic period.


And they were to rise up to fight, to make war upon the enemies of God, the Jews, and to destroy them, the King of Rome ‘Enya, and the King of Ethiopia Pinhas Phinehas ; and they were to negeet waste their lands, and to build churches there, and they were to cut to pieces Jews at the end of this Cycle in twelve cycles of the moon.


Even though Ethiopia’s Penal Code replaced the criminal provisions of the Fetha Nagast, the latter document provided the starting point for the code, along with several European penal codes. The Fetha Negest remained officially the supreme law in Ethiopia untilwhen a modern-style Constitution was first granted by Emperor Haile Selassie I. Based on the testimony of this colophon, “Conti Rossini, Littmann, and Cerulliinter alioshave marked off the period to for the composition of the book. The Old Testament kingly pattern was dogmatically adopted in the Kebra Nagast, including Samuel’s call to end the weaknesses of the twelve Judges one for each of the tribes of Israeland his establishment of one king with the nrgest consent, to unify the state against enemy attack.

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Not only do they all feature the cross in very prominent places, replacing the former disc and crescent, but many ,ibre have Christian mottoes written on them. Despite the usual assumption that ‘the final redaction of the book undoubtedly took place under the patronage of Amda Seyon and with the purpose of fostering the ambitions of his dynasty Why not add monophysite Syria and Armenia as well? Various scholars have identified these books as:. If a contemporary or near- contemporary had nfgest writing about the defeat of a Roman emperor at the hands of a Persian king, surely he would have known the name of the two protagonists, instead of offering Marcian and ‘Harenewos’.

Menelik to Ethiopia and founded the priestly and administrative classes.