In 1 Kings 10:13, Rashi says there that:

He cohabited with her and Nebuchadnezzar was born to her. He later destroyed the Temple that had stood 410 years in the territory of the twelve tribes. From the Arizal.

Does this mean Solomon was the father of Nebuchadnezzar, or that Nebuchadnezzar came from Solomon?

Can someone provide the source where the Arizal said this or hinted to this.

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    I'm still trying to figure out how Rashi said that quoting someone who was alive 400+ years after Rashi died.
    – rosends
    Commented Aug 4, 2023 at 20:44
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    "("Alphabet Ben Sira," ed. Venice, 21b; comp. Brüll's "Jahrb." ix. 9)" jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/11407-nebuchadnezzar and the story seems to be here coproduced-religions.org/resources/case-studies/… and this site mentions an unsourced "midrash" aish.com/king-solomon-and-the-queen-of-sheba
    – rosends
    Commented Aug 4, 2023 at 20:53
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    There's a reason it's in parentheses ... surprised Chabad chose to include it. It's not Rashi. The proper translation is "was born from her", not "to her." Which would reasonably imply some distant descendant many generations.
    – Shalom
    Commented Aug 4, 2023 at 21:17
  • @rosends wow my mistake I really didn't think of that and always assumed Chabad included Rashi Commented Aug 5, 2023 at 1:10
  • @Shalom I see now, I did not catch that. Thank you Commented Aug 5, 2023 at 1:17

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I saw this related in the sefer Shalsheles Hakabbalah written by Gedaliah ibn Yahya.

He writes there (starts on the bottom line):

אומר המדרש שזאת המלכה נתעברה משלמה ועשתה בת וממנה נולד נבוכדנצר שחרב הבית

This Midrash says that the Queen (of Sheba) cohabited with Shlomo and she bore a daughter, and from her (the daughter) Nevuchadnezzar was born and he destroyed the Temple.

  • Note, this doesn't answer the question of "where does the Arizal say this"?
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented Mar 21 at 18:10
  • @Rabbi_Kaii - The OP is only making an assumption and doesn't give any more details...
    – Dov
    Commented Mar 21 at 18:50
  • It is printed in many Nachs, in brackets in Rashi: sefaria.org/…, also see the OP's source
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented Mar 21 at 19:04
  • Anyway, do you think the same question can be asked on the above? Was Nevuchadnezzar Shlomo's grandson, or does it just mean he is a descendant of his daughter
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented Mar 21 at 19:49

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