The ship builder Solomon and his mining expertise (1 Kings 9:26-9:28)

“King Solomon built a fleet of ships at Ezion-geber, which is near Eloth on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom. Hiram sent his servants with the fleet, sailors who were familiar with the sea, together with the servants of Solomon. They went to Ophir. They imported from there four hundred twenty talents of gold. They brought it to King Solomon.”

Solomon went into the ship building business. He immediately got his good friend Hiram from Tyre, the Phoenician, to help with his ships since they were good seamen. Eloth was a seaport in the land of Edom on the Red Sea in the Gulf of Aqaba. Ophir is difficult to locate, but there was a huge gold mine there. There is a mention of this in Genesis, chapter 10, when showing how the earth was populated after the great flood. The descendants of Shem, Noah’s son lived in the Persian Gulf or the Indian Ocean area and they mention the town of Ophir. So both authors were familiar with this town and its gold. This time the gold haul is 420 talents of gold. As we discussed in chapter 9, the value of a gold talent, this gold delivery to Solomon would be 4 times the value that Hiram gave him. That would put its value around 2 billion USA dollars, $2,000,000,000.00, quite a large amount of money or wealth for anything, even for 3,000 years ago.