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King Solomon and Queen of Sheba as depicted in an illuminated manuscript of Speculum Humanae Salvationis.

Queen of Sheba: Bible

Sheba, despite the mystery of her origins, presents us with a valid memory of women who managed to carve out high-ranking positions for themselves in worlds dominated by men. An independent woman ruling a fabulously wealthy Arabian or African kingdom to the south of Judah, this unnamed queen appears in one of the many stories emphasizing the grandeur of Solomon’s court and his international reputation for extraordinary wisdom.

King Solomon and Queen of Sheba as depicted in an illuminated manuscript of Speculum Humanae Salvationis.

Queen of Sheba: Midrash and Aggadah

In the midrashic account, the Queen of Sheba heard of King Solomon’s great wisdom and declared: “I will go and see whether he is wise or not, and I will come to test him with riddles.”

Qumran

Any discussion of women in Qumran must needs open with the question of whether there were any. A significant trend in research claims that there were none.

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