Some of you may have noticed a new addition in the links section of this blog. It is called “State of Exile” and it includes many articles and links of Jewish interest. One of the links is to a website called kulanu.org, which has a fascinating article about the kingdom of Adiabene. You can read it here. Unfortunately, it seems the author was lax in proofreading it (or not a native English speaker) but it is still a great read.
I think it is interesting that all three of the Jewish kingdoms I am aware of, which existed outside the Land of Israel, were founded by converts: The Khazarian empire, the Himyarite kingdom of Yemen and the Adiabene kingdom. This is probably because the rigors of exile had robbed the Jewish people of both its political self-confidence and its military capabilities.