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External Textual Sources – Early Arabia

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The narratives of 1-2 Kings have little to say about Arabia, except for the visit of the queen of Sheba to Solomon, and his having traded with all the kings of Arabia. The Solomonic queen of Saba should be regarded as the consort of a ruling mukarrib (paramount ruler) of Saba who gave her executive power to bargain with Solomon on trade matters - with Ophir adjoining Havilah (a Hawlan) in Western Arabia the Hiram-Solomon activities in 1 Kgs 9:26-28; 10:11 threatened to cut the camel-borne incense-route from Saba through that zone up to the Levant. Between the Qurayyans and Gindibu new groups and their chiefs perhaps arose at least in Al-Ula (the future Dedan).

Keywords: queen of Sheba; Solomon; western Arabia



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