Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Prophetess

The Queen of Sheba has been called a demon by some religions. Others profess that she was actually a prophetess--one who prophesied the coming of Christ. Quite different views. But both interesting all the same.

The story behind the queen prophesying of Christ was when she had a vision right before arriving in Jerusalem to visit King Solomon. She saw his "image" on a log that served as a footbridge over a small pond. Just as the queen was about to step on the log she had a vision of Christ on the cross--the cross made from that very log.

The story grows even more fantastical when the queen wades across the pond instead of using the log, and in the process her goosefeet (or goatfeet) are cured! Voila!

In the novel I'm writing, the queen shares her vision with Solomon and he declares that she is a visionary woman. But she sees Christ's image on a growing tree that is already considered sacred. Nature worshipping was a part of the queen's world and even the world of Solomon. He struggled with a lifetime of allegiance to the one and only god, until he finally returned to nature worshipping.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Final Words of a Saint

If you were on your deathbed, what would your last words be?

On December 6, 1273, St. Thomas Aquinas uttered these final words:

"Venite, dilecti filii, egredemini in hortum."


"Come, beloved sons, go forth into the garden." (Sixtus of Sienna, Bibliotheca Sancta [Frankfurt, 1575], p. 331; as quoted in Sheba by Nicholas Clapp, 28).

Thomas Aquinas was enamoured with the Queen of Sheba. A strange thing for a monk. But on his path to enlightenment, he studied the passion-filled Song of Songs (or Songs of Solomon) with increasing fervor. Some scholars believe that Solomon's songs may have been about the foreign queen, the Queen of the South, aka the Queen of Sheba.

Interesting that St. Thomas Aquinas's final words paraphrased the Song of Songs.

Friday, June 6, 2008

New Discovery Made

Well, not quite so new, but you might find this recent article interesting. Thanks to Todd Bolen:

Trend News reports:

"Archaeologists believe they have found the Queen of Sheba's palace at Axum, Ethiopia and an altar which held the most precious treasure of ancient Judaism, the Ark of the Covenant, the University of Hamburg said Wednesday, the dpa reported.

Scientists from the German city made the startling find during their spring excavation of the site over the past three months.

The Ethiopian queen was the bride of King Solomon of Israel in the 10th century before the Christian era. The royal match is among the memorable events in the Bible.

Ethiopian tradition claims the Ark, which allegedly contained Moses' stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written, was smuggled to Ethiopia by their son Menelek and is still in that country.

The University said scientists led by Helmut Ziegert had found remains of a 10th-century-BC palace at Axum-Dungur under the palace of a later Christian king. There was evidence the early palace had been torn down and realigned to the path of the star Sirius.

The team hypothesized that Menelek had changed religion and become a worshipper of Sirius while keeping the Ark, described in the Bible as an acacia-wood chest covered with gold. Remains of sacrifices of bullocks were evident around the altar.

The research at Axum, which began in 1999, is aimed at documenting the origins of the Ethiopian state and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

"The results we have suggest that a Cult of Sothis developed in Ethiopia with the arrival of Judaism and the Ark of the Covenant and continued until 600 AD," the announcement said. Sothis is the ancient Greek name for a star thought to be Sirius.

The team said evidence for this included Sirius symbols at the site, the debris of sacrifices and the alignment of sacred buildings to the rising-point of Sirius, the brightest star in the sky."