The Queen of Sheba and Her Fabled Goldmine

The Daily Mail is reporting that archaeologists have found the Queen of Sheba’s fabled goldmine in Ethiopia.

Below is an excerpt from the news report:

British archaeologists have struck gold with a discovery that may solve the mystery of where the Queen of Sheba unearthed her fabled treasures.

According to the Bible, the ruler of Sheba, which spanned modern-day Ethiopa [sic] and Yemen, travelled to King Solomon in Jerusalem, bringing 120 talents (four-and-half tons) of gold.

Now an ancient goldmine, together with the ruins of a temple, has been found on the high Gheralta plateau in northern Ethiopia, part of the Queen’s former territory.

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Sheba was an 8th century BC civilisation that lasted a milennium, prospering through trade in incense spices with Jerusalem and the Roman empire.

Its legendary Queen is chronicled in both the Koran and the Bible, which describes her visiting Solomon ‘with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices, and very much gold and precious stones’.

The Biblical account says the Queen was ‘overwhelmed’ by Solomon’s wisdom and the happiness of his kingdom and, as she departed, ‘she gave the king 120 talents of gold’ – equal to about four-and-a-half tons.

You can read the news report here.

I have to confess that I am very skeptical about this discovery.  Over and over again reports have been published about these types of discovery only to be discredited at a later time.  Only time will tell whether this discovery is authentic.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Theological Seminary

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