The Secrets of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

by M. Carol Coffey


Book Details

Makeda, the fabled Queen of Sheba, was exotic, wise, courageous, and determined. She was also one of the most powerful women in history.

As the ruler of two kingdoms, Ethiopia and Yemen, Sheba controlled the Red Sea, an important trade route, and was a legendary trader—with precious spices and stones and gold at her command. Sheba had heard of King Solomon and wanted to meet the man who was known to surpass all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. Solomon ruled Israel and built a magnificent temple in Jerusalem that housed the Ark of the Covenant; he believed in the One True God and authorized the Bible’s Song of Songs and the book of Ecclesiastes. Sheba traveled six long months over the Arabian Desert to meet King Solomon in Jerusalem, where she showered him with gold and gifts, hoping to establish new trade routes. The Secrets of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba brings the story of the infamous meeting between these two influential people from ancient times to vivid life.


About the Author

M. Carol Coffey

M. CAROL COFFEY was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended art classes at the Carnegie Library of Oakland and painting classes at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Perhaps because she lived in a multiracial area, the idea that all people are born equal was of paramount importance to Carol, and she joined the South Hills Association for Racial Equality when Martin Luther King was marching for equal rights. She brings this interest to the forefront in her novel The Secrets of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, a book that contains her own illustrations. Fascinated by Sheba’s prominence 2,000 years ago, even though she was “black” and from Ethiopia, Carol decided to use this book as inspiration for today’s youth and adults.

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