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post #31 of 45 (permalink) Old 04-21-2016, 04:50 PM
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Israeli archaeologists have been excavating areas near Jerusalem for many years, but no evidence of the existence of King Solomon has been found. Outside of the old testament, his name has not been found, yet there have been ample evidence of rulers in the area that had power before the supposed time of King Solomon.

"The conclusion accepted by a majority of the new archaeologists and Bible scholars was that there never was a great united monarchy and that King Solomon never had grand palaces in which he housed his 700 wives and 300 concubines.
"The Invention of the Jewish People" by Shlomo Sand (2009)


I guess that he could satisfy 1000 women in the same way that Superman can bend steel with his bare hands.
Perhaps it's a story told to make a point or two and not really historical.

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If you look at the historical context there was a political reason why Solomon took these women, and as one poster said before, many of these concubines represented a pact between Solomon and the hundreds of various kingdoms he made treaties with.

But I think, and this is just my speculation, much of it has to do with Solomon wanting to evoke a powerful masculine hegemony to the competing kingdoms who were hostile to him. These wives were a living representation of his personal and political virility. A king who has made alliances with hundreds of kingdoms is not a king you want to go to war with.

Many of the children born by these women were most likely sent back the home countries of their mothers to act as ambassadors, to cement relations, and to send back vital information as spies.

The Edomites, the Egyptians and Sheba all wanted a piece of Solomon's kingdom...if not outright subjugation of the Israelites. Solomon was not a warrior like his father David was. Solomon was a politician. So instead of waging war and overthrowing his neighbors, he made alliances and bought them off.
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Does such a woman exist?
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Perhaps it's a story told to make a point or two and not really historical.
Ever here of Wilt Chamberlain?
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Ever here of Wilt Chamberlain?
His numbers are so ridiculous that they can't be believed. Even he probably laughed at them as he wrote his book. Wonder why there aren't any little Wilts running around?
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That's a thousand women right there, and no men on earth could satisfy 1000 beautiful women. He used the vast wisdom that God gave him and forged alliances and treaties with many kingdoms and tribes, and every time a treaty was sealed, he would receive an attractive woman as a present. He wrote some very erotic poems about his beautiful women.

What he did was wrong in the sight of God but God allowed him to exercise his free will to chase after his lust. Even though he had many gorgeous women at his beck and call, King Solomon never mentioned finding that virtuous woman he described in Proverbs 31 10:31. Somewhere in Ecclesiastes, I believe, he said he searched but did not find even one. He had quantity, not quality.

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It's the seven hundred mother in laws that would worry me.
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It's the seven hundred mother in laws that would worry me.
That's why the armed guards are such a good idea...
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Above all, faithfulness and undying loyalty to spouse! They must be Godly, intelligent, and never self-centered!

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It's the seven hundred mother in laws that would worry me.
Now that's one rather sobering prospect that would have the good King falling on his sword!


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Solomon is the most powerful example that riches & copious sex / partners will NOT satisfy the soul. He later wrote it was all meaningless vanity. True, lasting satisfaction is found in Christ alone
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That's a thousand women right there, and no men on earth could satisfy 1000 beautiful women. He used the vast wisdom that God gave him and forged alliances and treaties with many kingdoms and tribes, and every time a treaty was sealed, he would receive an attractive woman as a present. He wrote some very erotic poems about his beautiful women.

What he did was wrong in the sight of God but God allowed him to exercise his free will to chase after his lust. Even though he had many gorgeous women at his beck and call, King Solomon never mentioned finding that virtuous woman he described in Proverbs 31 10:31. Somewhere in Ecclesiastes, I believe, he said he searched but did not find even one. He had quantity, not quality.

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What he did was wrong in the sight of God but God allowed him to exercise his free will to chase after his lust.
There can be no love without choice. Contrary to popular belief God doesn't strike one down as soon as he/she disobeys. That's like your parents deciding to commit infanticide at your first infraction. Human race would be extinct. You must make your own choices and live with them.

It's like a man holding a gun to a woman's head, "If you don't love me I'll kill you." Not going to be true love, ever. If Solomon wanted to lead a sinful life that was a choice he had the power to make. That is where grace comes in. Unmerited favour. Solomon did eventually repent. Thank God he wasn't struck down.

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Solomon is the most powerful example that riches & copious sex / partners will NOT satisfy the soul. He later wrote it was all meaningless vanity. True, lasting satisfaction is found in Christ alone
Something he wrote towards the end of his life, 'Be faithful to the wife of your youth'. Better late than never.
A man in his position may well have been very lonely, with no real close intimate relationship with a woman, which in the end he realised was very important.
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Well I wasn't looking when I found her but Mrs. Conan has total commitment and loyalty to me.
Yes, those things are vital in marriage.
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