Son of David
“And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river to the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt: they brought presents, and served Solomon all the days of his life.” –1 Kings 4, 21
King Solomon, son of David, ruler of Jerusalem for 40 years or so has been written about so many times by so many authors over the years that his legend has grown to unimaginable proportions.
In 2001, an air of excitement raced through the Middle East. A stone tablet was presented to a group of leading Israeli archeologists. It was written in ancient Hebrew and recounted the story of repairs made to Solomon’s temple. It was the first archeological evidence ever found of a document bearing Solomon’s name from that era. The tablet was later declared to be a hoax.
King Solomon built the first temple, King Solomon’s Mines; the Wisdom of King Solomon is legendary. He had a thousand wives and concubines. King Solomon and the Queen of Bathsheba; the Song of Solomon and the Seal of Solomon, the list of his accomplishments goes on and on.
Israeli archaeologists have been diligently excavating Jerusalem for many decades searching for evidence of the existence of King Solomon. Anyone who has visited Egypt will have seen widespread evidence of a monarch who reigned three hundred years before Solomon, Pharaoh Ramses II. An extensive search throughout Israel’s museums and you will find evidence and ample artifacts marked “Canaan” or “Philistine”. Examples of contemporary armor and weapons from other lands have been discovered, but look for a single item from the Solomonic empire, and you will find none. No mention of his name has been found on any tablet, any inscription, and any tax record or pot decoration.
“And Judah and Israel dwelled safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon. ” –1 Kings 4, 25
“And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen. ” –1 Kings 4, 26
King Solomon ruled over a vast empire and army for over forty years and yet there is no archeological trace. All the vassal people who paid taxes to him have left not a single record of account or inscription. Not one of the soldiers of his conquering army left a sword, helmet or shield.
In all the archaeological “digs” throughout Israel over the centuries, not a trace of Solomon or his empire has ever been found.