Kebra Nagast : The Lost Bible of Rastafarian Wisdom and Faith from Ethiopia and Jamaica
- Author: Gerald Hausman
- Introduction:Ziggy Marley
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Published: October 1997
- ISBN-10: 0312167938
- ISBN-13: 9780312167936
- Format: Hardcover
- Copyright: 1997
- Subject: RELIGION / Ethnic & Tribal
Our Price: $28.99
Presents a new English translation of
The Kebra Negast, a centuries-old African interpretation of the Bible, which has long been banned in many Caribbean nations but has been carried orally through generations, and includes an introduction that sheds light on the Rastafarian faith. 25,000 first printing.
Folklorist and author Hausman has combined ten years of informal study in Jamaica, the 1922 version of "The Queen of Sheba and Her Only Son Menyelek" (translated by E.A. Wallis Budge), the Koran, the King James Bible, and the words of reggae great Bob Marley into a new version of the Kebra Negast ("the glory of the Kings"). This "lost bible," the core of Rastafarian wisdom and faith, has survived through oral tradition in many Caribbean nations, even though it has been banned because of its African glory themes. Hausman effectively puts the Kebra Negast into the that "we must learn to live by the laws of compassion rather than judgment" through anecdotes from the author's travels in the Rasta community. A recommended introduction to the Kebra Negast. L. Kriz, West Des Moines Lib., Iowa Copyright 1998 Library Journal Reviews
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