History of Ancient Israel 9 - King Solomon
- This article is part of a series Divine Principle - History of restoration
Summary: Solomon was, according to the Bible, a King of Israel and according to the Talmud one of the 48 prophets. He was a son of David, also called Jedidiah, and is described as the third king of the United Monarchy, and the final king before the northern Kingdom of Israel and the southern Kingdom of Judah split. Following the split his patrilineal descendants ruled over Judah alone. The Hebrew Bible credits Solomon as the builder of the First Temple in Jerusalem, and portrays him as great in wisdom, wealth, and power, but ultimately as a king whose sin, including idolatry and turning away from Yahweh, leads to the kingdom being torn in two during the reign of his son Rehoboam.