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Kebra Negast: A Book of Rastafarian Wisdom [Hardcover]

Gerald Hausman , Ziggy Marley
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Hardcover: 203 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (31 Dec 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312167938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312167936
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What did Jamaican reggae singer Bob Marley and Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia have in common? A love for the Kebra Negast, holy book of Ethiopian Christians and Jamaican Rastafarians. Contemporary scholars date the Kebra Negast to the 14th century, but it retells the stories of much earlier Biblical times, one very important story in particular. According to the Kebra Negast, the Israelites' Ark of the Covenant was spirited away to the ancient kingdom of Ethiopia by wise King Solomon's own son, offspring of the union between Solomon and the exotic Queen Makeda of Ethiopia (a.k.a. the Queen of Sheba). Gerald Hausman, a consummate storyteller of native traditions, presents the core narrative of the Kebra Negast, from Adam to the rise of Solomonid dynasty. On top of this, he injects his own encounters with Rastafarians during his travels in Jamaica--dreadlocked Rastas as modern-day Samsons, their unwavering faith in Jah, and a rare outsider's glimpse at the Nyabinghi ceremony. The combination of ancient tale and modern belief gives Hausman's Kebra Negast the rich flavour of enduring truth. --Brian Bruya


Presents a new English translation of the centuries-old African interpretation of the Bible.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 27 May 2013
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This book is a great piece written in a way that tells the story of a traveling man (white American Rasta) who goes on a pilgrimage to Jamaica and pays homage to Bob Marley, through out the book it tells the story of King David and The queen of Sheba including the Ark of the covenant and Twelve Tribes etc..

The two stories intermingle and flit back and forth from one to the other, very well written and easy to understand, this IS NOT the Kebra Negast but a book written to explain the original story,. Highly Recommend .
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5.0 out of 5 stars TRUTH 25 Mar 2014
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If you have got as far as reading this review YOU NEED TO GET THIS BOOK. Guidance on your journey, peace and love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 8 Oct 2013
Got this for my brother for Christmas he told me it was a brilliant read big book for price super fast delivery
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3.0 out of 5 stars kebra negast ... ? 13 July 2009
Having read the above reviews, I respect the light given to many by this book. However, having started with E. Wallis Budge the two are hardly comparable. One is a fairly good attempt at a close translation from the Ethiopian book the Kebra Negast - Glory of Kings. The other (this book) is as far as the I can see, using the name of the Kebra Negast to gain publicity and draw people in. This is not the Kebra Negast original. I am glad it has given many pleasure and insight into Rastafari - but there are many more insightful books out there on the market. This one seems fairly self indulgent to the I.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seekers Of Truth 29 July 1999
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IRIE! This reading of the Kebra Nagast has shown me......A piece of "The Truth". I am greatful for the overstanding. You may be too.....
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