Archeologists assumed that the legend of the Queen of Sheba, who ruled what is now Ethiopia and Yemen 3,000 years ago, was simply a Biblical legend--until now. She purportedly brought the then-ruler of Jerusalem--King Solomon--a vast quantity of gold from her private mine, but nobody has was able to locate the treasure or the mine. But now the goldmine may have been found: An enormous mine has been located in the territory that was once the Kingdom of Sheba, along with the ruins of a temple and a battlefield (implying that battles were fought over the gold). Locals still pan for gold in the nearby river, but were unaware of the ancient mine.
Almost 3,000 years ago, the ruler of Sheba, which spanned modern-day Ethiopia and Yemen, arrived in Jerusalem with vast quantities of gold to give to King Solomon. Now an enormous ancient goldmine, together with the ruins of a temple and the site of a battlefield, have been discovered in her former territory. The nearby buried temple consists of broken columns and carved stones and seems to be dedicated to the moon god, which was the main deity of Sheba. An ancient human skull is embedded in the shaft that leads down to the mine.
In the Observer, Dalya Alberge quotes archeologist Louise Schofield as saying, "One of the things I've always loved about archeology is the way it can tie up with legends and myths. The fact that we might have the Queen of Sheba's mines is extraordinary."
The mine was identified by a 20 foot stone slab carved with a sun and crescent moon, which were the symbols of the ancient kingdom of Sheba. Alberge quotes Schofield as saying,."I crawled beneath the stone--wary of a 9 foot cobra I was warned lives here--and came face to face with an inscription in Sabaean, the language that the Queen of Sheba would have spoken."
In Whitley's Room, just for subscribers, there are now several short (15 min.) discussions by Whitley Strieber on bible verses. The first covers the meaning of the phrase "because man goeth to his long home" in Ecclesiastes 12:5. It explains this enigmatic phrase in a startling and deeply moving way.
The second in the series covers John 13: 34: "Love one another." When Whitley begins talking about what the imposition of doctrine did at the Council of Nicea, this quickly becomes one of the most powerful discussions on any biblical passage you are going to hear. These brief fifteen minutes have the potential to free us from thousands of years of unacknowledged bondage to doctrine, and bring vivid new life to the experience of Jesus.
The third is on the opening lines of Genesis (you've never heard an interpretation like THIS before)!
In another, Whitley Strieber talks about how the Romans saw Jesus, and uses the gospels and his deep knowledge of Roman history to explain what Jesus meant to them and why they executed him, and why they did it in the precise way that they did.
And the latest is on the REAL meaning of the "marriage feast at Cana."
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