Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Solomon's Great Influence

After reading the Kabra Negast through, I began to notice more and more themes that are present in the Bible, a lot of which have to do with King Solomon.  Such themes that are stressed throughout the text are wisdom and Solomon’s code of ethics. Like the Bible, wisdom is idealized and brings knowledge, morality and ethics; all of which are seen and also idealized in the Kabra Negast. After studying this texts, I began to realize this texts serves more as a form of propaganda that is indoctrinating Christianity into other cultures through a text that is so similar to the Bible.
     The structure of the text is similar to the Bible by the use of short stories possessing individual meanings and connecting back to an overarching meaning. Another observation I made from the two texts was Solomon’s divine power he had been given by God through a vision. In this vision God offers to grant Solomon whatever he asks, Solomon then asks God for wisdom. With this, Solomon will become one of the greatest political powers of his time. Thus reflecting Israel’s pinnacle point of power.  This position seems to have an effect on less politically strong powers such as Ethiopia, for instance the influence of Christianity on Ethiopia via. Israel. This transformation can be seen during the Queen of Sheba’s change from polytheistic gods to a monotheistic god (God of Israel). King Solomon’s influence of wisdom also wears off onto the Queen of Sheba, one can see the principals of a previous culture beginning to change and transform to a more “ordered” culture. “I am smitten with love of wisdom and I am constrained by the chords of understanding; for wisdom is far better than treasure of gold and silver”.
        After King Solomon impregnates the Queen of Sheba, their son is born and eventually brings the Arc of the Covenant back to Ethiopia from his trip to Jerusalem where he finally meets his father. During this, their son Menyelek serves as the bearer for the Christian texts to come into Ethiopia.  Once again this strengthens the point of this text having hints of propaganda that strengthen Christianity’s influence on Ethiopia.

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