What happened to all of king Solomon’s sons?

Solomon had many wives and concubines:

[1Ki 11:3 ESV] (3) He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart.

Why is there only mention of Rehoboam?

[1Ki 11:43 ESV] (43) And Solomon slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David his father. And Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.

[1Ki 12:1 ESV] (1) Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king.

Should we assume that he was the only one withheld from sacrifice??

And did he have a child with Queen Sheba?

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Let me attempt to answer the three questions in reverse order.

The Queen of Sheba

There is a persistent story that the union of Solomon with the enigmatic Queen of Sheba founded an Ethiopian dynasty that lasted until Haile Selassie, supposed to be almost 3000 years. Unfortunately, there is no historical data to support this assertion - but there is just as little to refute it as well. That is, we do not know. (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon )

Sacrifice of Sons

Child sacrifice in Israel was strictly illegal (Lev 18:21, 20:3, Deut 12:30, 31, 18:10, etc, see also Ps 106:37) and is quite unlikely (though not impossible see Isa 30:27-33) to have occurred. Even if it were practiced, it is unthinkable that a prosperous king would kill his own progeny and heirs. However, it is not impossible because according to the record in 1 Kings 11, Solomon provided places for the worship and sacrifice to foreign gods including Chemosh, Molech, etc, which involved child sacrifice. Just how many of Solomon's sons were actually sacrificed (if any), we do not know. The enigmatic reference in Isa 30:27-33 may allude to this. But again, it is unlikely that all of Solomon's children would have suffered this fate; but we are not told.


We have no record of Solomon's sons which must have been numerous. The fact that Solomon was about 60 when he died and Rehoboam was 41 suggests he was likely the first-born son, but no more are listed.

  • To add to this, I find interesting that out of David's 17 sons that are listed, the bible only mentions the sons of Nathan and of Solomon. The sons/lineage of Nathan is the line of Mary, while the sons/lineage of Solomon is of the line of Joseph. If God's word is about the Messiah, it would suit the reader to pay attention to the lineage of 1 woman of Solomon than the other 999. SOURCE: biblefamilytree.info
    – user42370
    May 17, 2021 at 23:42

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