It is believed that Ethiopia has a long line of Jewish heritage. Some speculate that the country's Jewish tradition may go as far back as the legendary visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon of Israel. With the conversion of King Ezana of Aksum in the 4th Century, Christianity was spread in northern parts of the country. The Ethiopian Orthodox church traces its roots back to this period. Islam is said to have been introduced to Ethiopia when the followers of the Prophet Mohammad sought refuge in Ethiopia in 616 AD.
Presently, a small number of Ethiopian Jews exist although various sects of christianity and Islam continue to dominate.