Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall at sunset

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Queen of Sheba's Gold Mine

A recent discovery in Ethiopia may prove to be the fabled gold mine of the Queen of Sheba.

Being both a Christian and an archaeology buff, I'm always thrilled when discoveries that support the bible are found.

A British archaeologist named Louise Schofield has been excavating in northern Ethiopia. The kingdom of Sheba covered Yemen and Ethiopia 3,000 years ago.

She has uncovered an ancient gold mine and the ruins of a small temple dedicated to a moon god who was the primary deity of Sheba. Miss Schofield crawled under a 20 foot stele, or stone slab, carved with a sun and a crescent moon, the "calling card of the land of Sheba."

A 9 foot rattlesnake was said to live under the stone. Fortunately, she didn't come face to face with the rattler but she did find an ancient inscription written in Sabean, the language of Sheba.

The Queen's visit to Solomon is immortalized in I Kings 10:1-13. She had heard of the wisdom of Solomon and came "to test him with hard questions." When she saw the palace he had built and was convinced of his wisdom, "she gave him 120 talents of gold, quantities of spices and of precious stones."

Once Miss Schofield acquires the necessary funding to finish excavating the mine she will begin at once.

I've discovered one other item of interest concerning Sheba, that may especially interest my friend Stephanie Thornton. Check out her blog at http://www.stephanie-thornton.com/. Some sources seem to think there is a good chance that the Queen of Sheba may actually have been Hatshepsut, the only female pharaoh of Egypt. Stephanie has written a book about Hatsheput that will very probably be published soon.

Any thoughts, Stephanie?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Last chance to pick up A Secret Hope for 99 cents!

Isn't that a cool pic? It comes from last Chance, Colorado. What a great name for a town. Almost makes me want to write a story set there. Another great town name I've come across is Half Moon. I think I saw it in New York State and it's stuck with me for several years.

Tomorrow February 8 is the last day to pick up an e-copy of A Secret Hope for only 99 cents. The price is going up to $2.99.

A few readers have written to ask when the next book will be out. Music to a writer's ear! The second book in the trilogy, The Fury of Dragons, is written and in the last stages of editing. It continues the tale of Eleri from the first book.

Thanks for the support and encouragement I've received from friends and family. You rock!