The BBC has a really interesting piece which folk may find as intriguing as I have. Here’s part of it:
Listeners to the More or Less programme on Radio 4 have been challenging me to answer any fiendish question they can throw at me. A question about Jesus’s genealogy was rather interesting and the answer has astounding ramifications. The Bible says Jesus was a descendant of King David. But with 1,000 years between them, and since King David’s son Solomon was said to have had about 1,000 wives and mistresses, couldn’t many of Jesus’s peers in Holy Land have claimed the same royal ancestor? Theory tells us that not only would all of Jesus’s contemporaries be descended from King David, but that this would probably be the case even if Solomon had been into monogamy.
Things that make you go, hmmmm… With thanks to Jona Lendering for mentioning it on FB.
It’s a fine post TM puts together on the Chronicler’s extreme makeover of Solomon.
There is no hint of the fraternal conflict that we read about in Kings, no court intrigue involving Bathsheba and Nathan, just that Solomon came to the throne unopposed, and quickly earned the acclaim of everyone in the kingdom. Instead of the unflattering instructions for revenge David gave to Solomon on his deathbed (1 Kings 2:1-9), we go straight into the directions for building the Temple. So the first part of the Solomon story that was told in 1 Kings 1-2 is lopped off. But there’s more sawing to be done. If it was easy to omit the first part to save David, it was just as easy to omit the ending to save Solomon. There, in 1 Kings 11, we have the brief but tragic demise of Solomon, which a later Jewish writer by the name of Ben Sira will exploit. But the Chronicler wanted nothing to do with it. All in between we find other modifications to the account in Kings so that Solomon appears in a much more glorious light.
Loads more which you’ll enjoy.
T. M. Law has an interesting post up on ‘The King of Kings‘ that’s worth a look. He notes
I’ll soon be writing about Jewish and Christian reconceptualisations of the Historical Solomon (though I’m aware many believe Solomon is merely a literary/theological figure, I do not) in the Greco-Roman world. Even though I’m more interested in the period between the end of the 4th century BCE and the first CE, I’m still fascinated by the growth of the Solomon tradition within the Hebrew book of Kings.
And there’s more. Enjoy.
In tandem with the upcoming (Nov 23rd) NOVA special on Solomon’s mines, which was mentioned the other day, National Geographic has published an essay on David and Solomon.
Read the essay and decide for yourself whether NatGeo is doing history or simply retelling the biblical text and calling it history. And don’t forget to tune in next Tuesday (the 23rd) to the NOVA special. Or, if you can’t, don’t worry, I’ll be live-blogging it.
- NOVA: Quest for Solomon’s Mines (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)