King Solomon, by Frederic Thieberger
Thanks to the progress of archaeology, it is becoming increasingly possible to fit the narratives of the Bible into their true historical context and to read the scriptural sagas against the background of events. In the process, a number of biblical figures who have hitherto been swathed in the wrappings of legend at last emerge as real personalities. One such figure is that of King Solomon, who is now transformed from a mere romantic exemplar of wisdom into a shrewd and discerning political administrator whose exploits and activities were informed by a consistent regard for the exigencies of his day.
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