Queen Makeda, The Queen of Sheba

Around 960 B.C. this African Queen reigned over a vast empire that included Ethiopia and surrounding regions. She was an independent ruler who set a new standard for women in power.
Queen Makeda was virtuous, beautiful, extremely wealthy and prosperous, an astute business woman, intelligent and very wise.
This Queen changed the course of history in many ways, but it was her encounter with the Judean King Solomon that she’s most remembered for:
“Now when the Queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of God, she came to test him with hard questions. She came to Jerusalem with a very great caravan, with camels that bore spices, very much gold, and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart. So Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing so difficult for the king that he could not explain it to her… Then she said to the king: “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. However I did not believe the words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame of which I heard…She gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold (4 million dollars today!), spices in great quantity, and precious stones. There never again came such abundance of spices as the Queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.” (1 Kings 10)
“Upon meeting, the King and Queen were equally intrigued with one another. She admired his great knowledge; he her grace, beauty and intelligence. Fondness grew into love and their union produced Menelik I, from whom history’s longest line of royalty descends.” 20th century Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I or “Ras Tafari” is said to be a descendant of Queen Makeda and King Solomon.
Queen Makeda is also credited for introducing Ethiopia to the Judeo-Christian philosophy she learned from Solomon.
Even Jesus refers to her in the New Testament when He says:
The Queen of Sheba will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here. (Matthew 12:42).
-Molesey Crawford, The Queen Code
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