The Ambivalence of Solomon

As a part of my annual Bible reading plan, reading through the Bible during the year, I've been in 1 Kings. What struck me going back through the story of Solomon once again was how deeply ambivalent a character Solomon is in the history of Israel. Mostly, when we think of Solomon, we think of the good stuff. Namely three things. First, his humble request for wisdom in leading Israel. Second, his building the temple. And third, his leading Israel to its geo-political and economic zenith.

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