Conclusion of the reign of King Solomon (1 Kings 11:41-11:43)

“Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, everything that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the Book of the Acts of Solomon? The time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. Solomon slept with his ancestors. He was buried in the city of his father David. His son Rehoboam succeeded him.”

The Book of the Acts of Solomon might be part of the state documents kept by the official recorder of Solomon. As this is a reference to a book that no longer exists, it is hard to pinpoint what it is or where it came from. Certainly it existed at the time of this biblical writing.   Once again there is the obligatory 40 year reign of King Solomon, just like King David. There is no indication of his age but some would put it around 80. There is a whole controversy around the mythical stories of Solomon’s wealth. There are few archeological finds that indicate that this tremendous empire existed in the 10th century BCE. Nevertheless, these stories are still wonderful. There is no indication of a power struggle after Solomon’s death since the writer simply says Rehoboam, who was the son of the Ammonite princess Naamah, became king. You would have thought that with 700 wives, some of those kids might have complained. He might have been the oldest, but the oldest wife was the daughter of the Egyptian Pharaoh. So the end of the Solomon reign comes to an end without any dramatic ending or a historic speech. The split kingdom promised by Yahweh is about to begin.

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