KING SOLOMON' S MIMES King Solomon enjoys a prominent place in the Bible and Quran; in Arabic the name is Sulayman.
A son of King David, Solomon was, according to scripture, the wisest and wealthiest of the Hebrew Kings.
After his reign, Israel split in two, with the smaller part governed by Solomon’s son Rehoboam, the larger part by the unrelated Jeroboam.
Our greatest contemporary corporate kings resemble Solomon.
While none have 700 wives and 300 concubines, their lawyers, dreaming of the prenup work, may wish they had Solomon’s connubial inclinations.
While archeologists and other scholars have not been able to put science behind all the stories of Solomon, that hasn’t kept writers delving into faith, mythology and whatever else goes into biblical commentary and embellishment from building a rich, if at times fanciful, body of literature.
Solomon’s life also inspired quite a few painters and sculptors.
For example, Solomon used some of his great wealth to build the first Great Temple in Jerusalem.
There’s nothing left of that building, although there might be parts of its foundation on the presumed site.
Nonetheless, writers and artists have suggested that the building of the Temple was extremely important to Solomon, much the way the new space ship headquarters is of monumental important to Apple even though its Solomon, Steve Jobs, is long gone.
There is no question that some perhaps many of the stories of Solomon exaggerate his gifts, however extraordinary they may have been.
Some myths ascribe not merely human powers to Solomon but also supernatural gifts.