The visit of the Queen of Sheba (2 Chr 9:1-9:4)

“When the Queen of Sheba heard of the fame of King Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. She came with a very great retinue, camels bearing spices, very much gold, and precious stones. When she came to King Solomon, she discussed with him all that was on her mind. King Solomon answered all her questions. There was nothing hidden from King Solomon that he could not explain to her. When the Queen of Sheba had observed the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, his valets, and their clothing, as well as his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of Yahweh, there was no more spirit in her.”

Based on 1 Kings, chapter 10, this is almost word for word about the visit of the Queen of Sheba, which has a mythical ring to it. Where does this mysterious woman come from? This queen of Sheba does not have a particular name. Some have said that she was a regent mother for her son. Most put her from Ethiopia or the Persian Gulf. Where is Sheba? Sheba was the name of a few people in Genesis, chapter 10, that puts Sheba as a descendant of Ham, Noah’s son, or a descendant of Cush. There is another Sheba mentioned as a brother of Ophir in the same Genesis chapter. So she might have been around the gold mine at Ophir, wherever that might be. This might explain her wealth in spices, gold, and precious stones. Anyway, King Solomon answered all her questions with wisdom. She observed all his wisdom, plus his house, his food, his clothing, his servants, and their clothing. She somehow lost her spirit. King Solomon also offered burnt offerings in the temple.

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