The birth of Solomon (Wis 7:1-7:6)

“I also am mortal.

Like everyone else,

I am a descendant

Of the first-formed child of earth.

In the womb of a mother,

I was molded into flesh,

Within the period of ten months,

Compacted with blood,

From the seed of a man,

Within the pleasure of marriage.

When I was born,

I began to breathe the common air.

I fell upon the kindred earth.

My first sound was a cry,

As is true of all.

I was nursed with care

In swaddling clothes.

No king has had a different beginning of existence.

There is for all

One entrance into life.

There is one common way out.”

This author proclaims the human male mortality (ἄνθρωπος) of Solomon in the first person singular (ειμι). He was a mortal child of the earth like everyone else. He became flesh (σὰρξ) in his mother’s womb (κοιλίᾳ μητρὸς), where he had been 10 months since they used the lunar 28 day month calendar. He came from the seed of a man (ἐκ σπέρματος ἀνδρὸς) within a marriage. After birth, he began to breathe the common air (ἀέρα) that we all breathe. He was on the same ground and nursed in the same swaddling clothes like everyone else. A king (βασιλεὺς) does not come to exist in a different kind of way than everyone else. Everyone has the same entrance (εἴσοδος) and the same exit (ἔξοδός) to life.

The birth of Solomon (2 Sam 12:24-12:25)

“Then David consoled his wife, Bathsheba. He went in to her and lay with her. Then she bore him a son. He named him Solomon. Yahweh loved him. He sent a message by the prophet Nathan. So he named him Jedidiah, because of Yahweh.”

There is no miraculous birth for Solomon, like that of Samson or some other prophets. Solomon is to make up for the lost infant in the old fashioned way of sexual intercourse. This time Yahweh is pleased with child Solomon. This is the only time that Solomon is called Jedidiah, which means beloved of Yahweh, in all the biblical literature. I am not sure why Solomon stuck as a name, but it surely did, since it appears over 270 times in the biblical literature. Some books of the Bible have a proposed Solomon authorship.