The Kebra Nagast, Or The Glory Of The Kings Essay

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The Kebra Nagast, or The Glory of the Kings, is a 14th­century account written in Ge 'ez of the origins of the Solomonic line of the Emperors of Ethiopia. The text, in its existing form, is at least 700 years old and is considered by many Ethiopian Christians and Rastafari to be a historically reliable work. It contains an account of how the Queen of Sheba/ Queen Makeda of Ethiopia met King Solomon and about how the Ark of the Covenant came to Ethiopia with Menelik I . It also discusses the conversion of the
Ethiopians from the worship of the Sun, Moon and stars to that of the "Lord God of Israel". As the Ethiopianist Edward Ullendorff explained in the 1967 Schweich Lectures,
"The Kebra Nagast is not merely a literary work, but it is the repository of Ethiopian national and religious feelings."
Summary of contents
The Kebra Nagast is divided into 117 chapters, and is clearly a composite work; Ullendorff describes its narrative "a gigantic conflation of legendary cycles." The document is presented in the form of a debate by the 318 "orthodox fathers" of the First Council of Nicaea. These fathers pose the question, "Of what doth the Glory of Kings consist?" One
Gregory answers with a speech which ends with the statement that a copy of the Glory of God was made by Moses and kept in the Ark of the Covenant. After this, the archbishop Domitius reads from a book he had found in the church of "Sophia", which introduces what Hubbard calls "the centerpiece" of this work, the story…

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