e traced the Ark's journey back to the son of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (who, he maintains, was Ethiopian and not Persian). Supposedly, the son, having fallen to disfavor among the Hebrew religious leaders, was banished. Solomon, being much troubled by this because he loved his son, retaliated by banishing the sons of these leaders in order that they might accompany his son on his return to Ethiopia. Angered by the banishment, the Hebrew youths conspired to and stole the Ark from the Temple. They did not tell Solomon's son about it until they were well on their way through Egypt on their journey to the headwaters of the Nile (in Ethopia). Solomon's son, being a good lad, wanted to return the Ark to Israel. But the others convinced him that God had said that the Ark could not be taken unless it was by His will. Reluctantly, he agreed and proceeded to his homeland with the Ark.
ast forward several thousand years, after the Templars, those busy little gophers, found something in their digging in the recaptured city of Jerusalem. All of a sudden, this group of white strangers shows up in front the Emperor of Ethiopia and volunteers, no less, to give a helping hand in the construction of the churches. The emperor, being a canny fellow and suspicious of Trojans bearing gifts, agreed to their offer of help but kept a watchful eye on them. Who knows what tipped him off to the Templars true intentions of stealing the Ark and returning it to Europe (such a powerful artifact, as important to the Christian religion as, say, the True Cross or the Holy Grail, would create quite a stir in post dark-ages Europe, where such things were of extreme importance). Whatever it was, he decreed that the Templars were to become his guests for the rest of their lives. Having problems of their own in Europe with the increasing discontent of the Roman Catholic Church and the European nobles with the Templars autonomous status and increasing wealth and power, the order failed to follow up on the results of their investigation.
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