The Kebra Nagast (var. Kebra Negast, Ge’ez, kəbrä nägäst), or the Book of the Glory of Kings, is an account written in Ge’ez of the origins of the Solomonic line. Kebra And The Fetha (feat. Laza) · Morgan Heritage | Length: This track is on the 3 following albums: More Teachings · Morgan Heritage. Play full-length songs from Kebra And The Fetha by Morgan Heritage on your phone, computer and home audio system with Napster.

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Kebra Nagast

Implications in Ethiopian Catholic Church today. Hubbard, “The Literary Sources”, p. A completely modernised penal code had already been introduced in Overjoyed by this reunion, Solomon tries to convince Menelik to stay and succeed him as king, but Menelik insists on returning to his mother in Ethiopia. After praising the king of Ethiopia, the king of Egypt, and the book Domitius has found, which has established not only Ethiopia’s possession of the true Ark of the Covenant, but that the Solomonic dynasty is descended from the first-born son of Solomon chapter During the kebga home, Menelik learns the Ark is with him, and Solomon discovers that it is gone from his kingdom.

Many scholars doubt that a Coptic version ever existed, and that the history of the text goes back no further than the Arabic vorlage. Godinho published some traditions about King Solomon and his son Menelekderived from the Kebra Nagast.

Even though Ethiopia’s Penal Code replaced the criminal provisions of the Fetha Nagast, the latter document provided the starting point for the code, along with several European penal codes. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. These fathers pose the question, “Of what doth the Glory of Kings consist? The second part, concerning issues pertaining to the laity, such as family law, debt, civil administration etc.

Following her departure, Solomon has a dream in which the sun leaves Israel chapter After chapter 94, the author takes a step back and describes a more global view of what he had been describing in previous chapters. Translated by Tzadua, Abba Paulos.


This company of young men, upset over leaving Jerusalem, then smuggle the Ark from the Temple and out of Solomon’s kingdom chapters without Menelik’s knowledge. Praetorius published chapters 19 through 32 with a Latin translation. Menelik then engages in a series of military campaigns with the Ark, and “no man conquered him, on the contrary, whosoever attacked him was conquered” chapter The Fetha Nagast Ge’ez: The king attempts to pursue Menelik, but through the Ark’s mysterious power, his son with his entire entourage is miraculously flown home to Ethiopia before Solomon can leave his kingdom.

The Old Testament kingly pattern was dogmatically adopted in the Kebra Nagast, including Samuel’s call to end the weaknesses of the twelve Judges one for each of the tribes of Israeland his establishment of one fftha with the people’s consent, to unify the state against enemy attack. They include not only both Testaments of the Bible although heavier use is made of the Old Testament than the Newbut he detects evidence of Rabbinical sources, influence from deuterocanonical or apocryphal works especially the Book of Enoch and Book of Jubileesboth canonical in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and such Syriac works as the Book of the Cave of Treasuresand its derivatives the Book of Adam and Eve and the Book of the Bee.

In due course these documents were given to the Bodleian Library at Oxford University shelfmark Bruce Although the author of the final redaction identified this Gregory with Gregory Thaumaturguswho lived in the 3rd century before this Council, the time and kegra allusion to Gregory’s imprisonment for 15 years by the king of Armenia make Gregory the Illuminator a better fit.

The Fetha Negest remained officially the supreme law in Ethiopia untilwhen a modern-style Constitution was first granted by Emperor Haile Selassie Kebrz.

Scholars have stated that the first section the Ecclesiastical law was already in use in Ethiopia before this time as part of the Senodosand that the title Fetha NegestLaws of the Kings, referred to the second lay part, that was new to Ethiopia.

Kebra Nagast – Wikipedia

King Solomon then settles for sending home with him a company formed from the first-born sons of the elders of his kingdom. When the third edition of his Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile was published ina description of the contents of the original manuscript was included.


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”.

This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat University of California Press. By virtue of his personal strength, David made the throne more stable and unconditional, while Solomon brought about the zenith of virtue, fetga and power; all held in the monarchy.

Fetha Nagast

Other historians to consider the evidence date parts of it as late as the end of the sixteenth century, when Muslim incursions and contacts with the wider Christian world made the Ethiopian Church concerned to assert its character and assert Jewish traditions.

Earlier, inshortly after becoming Regent, but before being crowned as Emperor, Haile Selassie I had directed that certain “cruel and unusual” punishments mandated in the Fethasuch as amputation of hands for conviction of theft, kebbra made to cease entirely.

Various scholars have identified these books as:. As the Ethiopianist Edward Ullendorff explained in the Schweich Lectures”The Kebra Nagast is not merely a literary work, but it is the repository of Ethiopian national and religious feelings.

Even so, its first recorded use in the function of a constitution supreme law of the land is with Sarsa Dengel beginning in On the journey home, she gives birth to Menelik chapter His manuscript is a valuable work. Hubbard details the many sources that the compiler of the Kebra Nagast drew on in creating this work. King Solomon then turns to solace from his wife, the daughter of the Pharaoh of Egypt, and she seduces him into worshiping the idols of her land chapter The Kebra Nagast is divided into chapters, and is clearly a composite work; Ullendorff describes its narrative as “a gigantic conflation of legendary cycles.