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Is the 480 years mentioned in 1 Kings 6 accurate?

As noted in the question, Paul's reciting of the history of the nation includes periods of time which when added together total 573 years: Led by God in the wilderness 40 years Given to judges ...
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How did Solomon manage to sacrifice 144000 animals?

If we imagine that the people did most of the killing and that the priest's only sprinkled from each on to the altar then a sacrifice every four seconds is quite possible. The large number indicates ...
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If David wanted Joab killed, why did he leave it to Solomon instead of doing it himself?

When men war side by side in life or death battle, a lifelong brotherhood is formed. That brotherhood can cover a multitude of sins; Uriah's murder, the census, even the ugly reality of taking life in ...
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When does it all start to go wrong for Solomon?

The change is even more gradual than that. The narrative is intended to show Solomon very slowly becoming corrupted due to his power and wealth. For example: at the end of 1 Kings 6 it says he took ...
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Why is it significant for the author to point out that no iron tools were used on the site of Solomon's temple? (1 Kings 6:7)

This is because the stone was already honed from the quarry from which it was taken so it did not require to be chizzeled or hammered at the building sight. It only required to be put in position. ...
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How can we reconcile the suppossed contradiction 1 Kings 7 & 2 Chronicles 2?

1. I Kings 7:13. he, son of a woman, a widow, of the tribe of Naphtali [Young's Literal] son of a woman, a widow, he, of the tribe of Naphtali [Green's Literal] A 'widow of the tribe of Naphtali' is ...
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Who are the ones who "ruled Jerusalem before me" in Ecclesiastes 1:16?

If, for the moment, we assume that the author of Ecclesiastes is Solomon, then the known rulers of Jerusalem before him, of which Solomon was far wiser were: King David Melchizedek, king of "...
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If David wanted Joab killed, why did he leave it to Solomon instead of doing it himself?

From the testimony of Holy Scripture (2 Samuel 2:13 and 1 Chronicles 2:12-16, and others) it's apparent that David was Joab's uncle. Only speculating here, but perhaps David and Joab grew up together ...
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Was the appointing of Solomon not contrary to the law in 1 Kings 1:28-30?

The narrative describing the conflict leading to Solomon's succeeding to David's throne in 1 Kings 1-2 is subtle and complex. However, there is no sense that there was a rule -- let alone a "law" -- ...
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Why did King Solomon have Adonijah killed?

In doing some research on this subject, this is what I found. According to the ISBE She [Abhishag], had an intimate knowledge of the condition of David, and was present at the interview of ...
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Ecclesiastes - Could Solomon have repented and been forgiven for his sinful life

The following answer is based on the important assumption that Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon as strongly implied in Eccl 1:1 and as commonly accepted traditionally. [There are some who doubt ...
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Is (Proverbs 6:1-3) broad enough to go beyond financial debt obligations/money lending etc.,?

A law is one thing. A moral principle is another. Proverbs 6:1-3 is not dealing with law but with a king giving counsel to his son. The writer is giving written instructions to the heir to the throne, ...
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In 1 Kings 10:24, how literal is "all the earth"?

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 ...
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What does Song 1:1 tell us about Solomon's relationship to the book?

This book is attributed to Solomon by a very old tradition. Yet as noted in this video from the Bible Project, min 1:03 onwards ... you do have to admit Solomon is a very odd candidate as the author ...
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What does Song 1:1 tell us about Solomon's relationship to the book?

Superscripts were added to many of the Old Testament books and psalms by scribes, mostly during the Exilic or post-Exilic period. The superscript to Song of Solomon, "The Song of Songs, which is ...
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1 Kings 3:16-28 - The Story of Solomon and the Two Mothers

The answer is provided by Lester L. Grabbe,Professor of the Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at the University of Hull, in his book, Ancient Israel. He says (page 114) he finds it difficult to discover ...
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In 1 Kings 2:13-25 why didn't Solomon's mother see Adonijah's request as treasonous?

In reply to Dottard, the “room” on the housetops was a common way adds room to a house cheaply, provide a cooler place to be, etc. Every king went to battle with his troops, so it would’ve been ...
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In 1 Kings 2:13-25 why didn't Solomon's mother see Adonijah's request as treasonous?

Here are two suggestions to answer this good question. 1. Benson: 1 Kings 2:17. That he give me Abishag to wife — It is not likely that either Adonijah or Bath-sheba was ignorant that it was unlawful ...
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If David wanted Joab killed, why did he leave it to Solomon instead of doing it himself?

David didn’t kill Joab for the sole reason that he was Joab’s uncle. Joab was the son of David’s sister Zeruiah. This being the case, even if David wanted to kill Joab, he couldn’t because of his love ...
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If David wanted Joab killed, why did he leave it to Solomon instead of doing it himself?

The absolute answers are only those that can be arrived at by a direct reference to the text. The only explicit reason given is in 1 kings 2:4, namely that Joab had killed two of David's captains ...
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Did not King Solomon defile the altar by killing Joab while he was still holding onto its horns in 1 Kings?

UNDER THE LAW GIVEN TO MOSES NO SANCTUARY COULD BE GIVEN TO A WILLFUL MURDERER. In ancient times churches of Christendom became sanctuaries for criminals who deliberately violated God's law,such as ...
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In 1 Kings 1:33, where was Gihon and why did David instruct Solomon be taken there to be anointed?

'Gihon' is Hebrew word that means 'to burst forth' or 'to gush'. It was that name of the spring that supplied water to the tabernacle and temple complex that Solomon later built. 2Chronicles 32 ...
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Harlots before king Solomon in 1 Kings 3:16

Deut. 22:20 is not about harlotry but about deceiving a man that he is about to marry a virgin when in fact she is not. Virginity in the ANE was highly prized, and tricking someone by selling him an ...
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