ABYSSINIA: Shcba to Jerusalem

The caravan of the lush, black Queen of Sheba crawled down 3,000 years ago from the mountains of what is now Abyssinia and made for Jerusalem's plateau. The wilful Queen had a fancy to prove the great King Solomon "with hard questions." Legend tells how Solomon fed skeptical Sheba heavily salted dishes. When she grew thirsty in the night, she was obliged to pass through Solomon's chamber to reach the fountain. Said she afterward. "The half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exccedeth the fame which I heard" (I Kings 10: 7). From that thirst, according to Abyssinian...

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