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I don't think it's too much of a coincidence. If we look back at the law for kings in Deuteronomy 17, It prohibits the king from multiplying horses and chariots, wives, and wealth. This is exactly what Solomon is doing in 1 Kings 10-11. Chapter ten begins by commending his great wisdom, but then steps through his decline - that is, he begins violating the ...


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The Idea in Brief The term "וְכָל־הָאָרֶץ" appears to refer not only to the general area of Palestine and/or the Fertile Crescent, but beyond to the known world at the time. Discussion The Masoretic Text provides valuable clues. First, the photographic facsimiles of the Aleppo Codex and the Leningrad Codex indicate that the phrase "וְכָל־הָאָרֶץ" occurs ...


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One way of looking at this is a purely literal one, in which case it would be clearly impossible for everyone on earth to seek to hear Solomon. For example, Australian aborigines and American natives would obviously have no access to a Near Eastern ruler, no matter how wise. Another way is an allegorical one: the author of Kings was engaging in some ...



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