2. He is the king of Israel.
Solomon was the son of King David and Bathsheba.
Solomon was not the oldest son of David, but David promised Bathsheba that Solomon would be the next king.
3. Almost all knowledge of him is derived from the biblical books of Kings I: 1-11, and Chronicles II: 1-9.
4. He became ruler in approximately 967 B.C.E.
6. His character:
Marrying many women.
Disobey God by multiplying horses, chariots, gold, and silver. Continued worshiping god at the Canaanite high places.
He did not finish his life well.
He loved God, even as David did.
He asked God for wisdom and discernment instead of money or fame. He desired to, and did, built a temple for the lord.
He set a good example for Israel in prayer to the lord.
5. (1)1. Temple of Solomon
Prior to Solomon's financing the construction of the First Temple on the mount in Jerusalem, the sacred articles were housed in a moveable tabernacle. The First Temple was destroyed about 350 years later. Nothing remains of the building, although descriptions in I Kings provide some clues.
2. Wisdom of Solomon
Solomon was renowned for his wisdom, which was granted him in a dream dialogue with Yahweh. Solomon's wisdom may appear a bit different from that of other ancient sages, but like the Socratic philosophers, he wanted to do what was right.
3. Solomon and Sheba
Solomon and Sheba are sexually linked in the popular imagination -- it makes a better story than what appears in the canonical Books of the Old Testament. There Solomon and Sheba's encounter has as much romance as any encounter between Trojan War hero Odysseus or his son, Telemachus, and the local lords whose islands they visited: see, for example, Odyssey Book XV.
4. The Wives of Solomon
The wife of Solomon, when mentioned...