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This sequence seems at leaders who guided armies to victory and governed over big domain names. As one empire fell, one other might upward thrust, led via charismatic and strong commanders.

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A modern dam was built in 1987 to provide water to the arid region. incense trade. In fact, the kingdom dominated the international spice and incense market, comparable to dominating the world’s oil industry today. Incense was in daily use in Saba, Greece, Rome, Babylon, Jerusalem, Egypt, and elsewhere. It had many uses. People burned it in temples, in the hope that its white smoke would carry prayers to the gods. They threw it on funeral pyres as an 35 36 queen of sheba offering to the gods and as a way to mask the odor of burning bodies.

The Koran takes the queen’s devotion a step further. Here, in the sura (chapter) called “The Ant,” the king demands that she submit to his God. Eventually, she does, saying, “I submit with Solomon” to the one God. ” This decision would result in a change of fortune for Solomon and the beginnings of a new religion and a new dynasty for her country. ” Most people who know little else about the Queen of Sheba have at least heard that she had some sort of romance with King Solomon. This famous couple has been celebrated in story, song, books, operas, and movies, and painted on canvases, church walls, and wedding chests.

And it [fattens] more than oil, and it [satisfies] more than dainty meats, and it [gives a man] more renown than thousands of gold and silver.  .  . Wisdom is the best of all treasures. In Antiquities of the Jews (Book VIII, Chapter 6:5), Flavius Josephus also writes about the queen’s decision to visit Solomon. He stresses both Solomon’s outstanding qualities, and the queen’s sense of adventure and intellectual curiosity. She wanted “to be satisfied by her own experience, and not by a bare hearing,” he says.

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