the son of David and Bathsheba. He came
to the throne aided by his mother, Nathan the prophet, and Zadok
the priest. Solomon prayed for wisdom and became famous for his
wise sayings. He built the first Temple in Jerusalem using forced labor and materials obtained
from Hiram of Tyre. Solomon solidified his power by marriage alliances
with other kingdoms. These marriages eventually led to the establishment
of pagan shrines in Jerusalem.
Kgs 3:1-15 - Prays for wisdom.
1 Kgs 8:1-6
- Dedicates the temple
11:1-13 - Marriages and idolatry
Solomon built the Temple