After the death of King David, his son Solomon
became king. The name Solomon means "peace" in
the Hebrew language and King Solomon brought
peace to his people.
King Solomon was known as a wise man. One story
about his wisdom is about two women who came
to the king for a decision. Both woman claimed that
they were the mother of a baby. Solomon ordered
his soldiers to cut the baby in half so that the women
could share the baby. One woman accepted the
king's decision. The second woman cried out that
the other woman could have the baby to spare the
baby's life. Solomon gave the baby to the
second woman because he knew that the real
mother would not allow her baby to be cut in half.
"The Judgement of Solomon" by Gustav Dore
King Solomon is said to have written many proverbs
(wise sayings) as well as the Book of
Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs. One of his
proverbs is "He who walks honestly
walks securely, but he whose ways
are crooked will fare badly."
What does that mean to you?
King Solomon made wise business dealings with
the Pharoah of Egypt and other rulers. He found
other countries to trade with Israel to increase
the wealth of his people.
Unfortunately, he also started many building projects.
These projects were so expensive that the Israelites
had to pay heavy taxes. The people were also
angry when King Solomon ordered men of Israel to
work on these buildings without any pay.
The ruins of King Solomon's fort at Megiddo
The ruins of the horse stalls and feeding troughs at Megiddo
Secret passage to a spring that supplied water to Megiddo.
King Solomon's engineers dug this 165 foot long tunnel under the city.
The most popular and most beautiful of King
Solomon's building projects was the main temple
in Jerusalem. The temple was very important to
the Israelites because it was their main place to
worship their God.
The temple was not a large building. It was 120 feet
long, 40 feet wide and 60 feet high according
to the Bible. It was made with great beauty. The
outer doors were covered with ivory. The walls
of the holiest rooms were decorated with gold.
It became a symbol of the Jewish faith.
Most of the magnificent temple
was destroyed by the Babylonians
in 586 B.C.
Today the "Wailing Wall" in Jerusalem is an
important religious place for people from all over
the world. Is it really part of King Solomon's