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Benaiah and the Queen of Sheba


The following is a short passage from the Targum Sheni of Esther, which relates Benaiah’s meeting with the Queen of Sheba, before taking her to Solomon. The full targum can be found here, pages 263-344. This specific passage was found on pages 280-82. Looking around for Benaiah lead to the post yesterday, so I figured I’d pop this up.

Just as a quick note, I did change the names to be the more well known names so the Queen of Saba  is now the Queen of Sheba and Benayahu, son of Yehoyada  To Benaiah son of Jehoiada

Benaiah and the Queen of Sheba

After three years, the Queen of Sheba really came to King Solomon, who, when he heard of her arrival, sent Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, to meet her. He was beautiful as sunrise (or like Venus the lustrous star), and like the white lily which stands by brooks of water. Now when the Queen of Sheba saw Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, she dismounted from her riding animal.

“Why,” asked Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, “dost thou dismount from thy riding animal?”

She rejoined, “Art not thou King Solomon?”

He replied, “I am not King Solomon, but one of his servants who attend upon him.”

Thereupon she turned to her great men, and said this proverbial saying: “If you do not see the lion, you see his lair; though you do not see King Solomon, yet you see a handsome man who stands before him.”

Then Benaiah conducted her to the king.


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