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The Black Jews of AfricaHistory, Religion, Identity$
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Edith Bruder

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333565.001.0001

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 The Legend of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

 The Legend of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

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(p.29) 4 The Legend of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
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The Black Jews of Africa
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Edith Bruder

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333565.003.0006

This chapter focuses on how the biblical episode of Solomon and the queen of Sheba played a major role in the Western perception of Africa, not only the country and its history but also its inhabitants. It argues that the connection between the Ten Tribes and Ethiopia and the lineage established by the legend of Solomon and the queen of Sheba made consistent the use of biblical imagery in the African oral cultural milieu. The convergence of these traditions from earliest times, often emerging in multifaceted and sometimes indirect combinations, contributed to the spread of an implicit connection of African inhabitants with the Hebrews.

Keywords:   Africa, Africans, Solomon, Queen of Sheba, mythology, Bible, Ten Tribes, Jews, Hebrews

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