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King Solomon ruled all of Israel in an outstanding way from 977 to 937 BCE 12 Despite his wealth and power Solomon is known to history for his wisdom and as the builder of the Temple of Jerusalem He has been credited with authoring all or parts of three books of the Bible Proverbs Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon King Solomon was the ruler of ancient Israel who reigned from 961-922 BC 8 He is the son of David and Bathsheba Solomon succeeded his father as king and his territory extended from the Euphrates River to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt With his wealth he built the great Temple of Jerusalem In 950 BCE Solomons household included 700 wives and 300 other mistresses 1 To insure the future peace and security of his kingdom Solomon yielded to the custom of the times and made many domestic alliances with subject races and tribes by marrying foreign women An able administrator Solomon kept the kingdom of Israel largely intact strengthened its protection and made alliances with several surrounding nations He united his already strong position and even extended his influence by skillful diplomacy rather than war 8 International commerce and a large copper-mining industry aided in Solomons wealth Contact with other nations showed his advanced intelligence Solomon displayed political and administrative wisdom and showed himself equal to his father by taking full advantage of the chance for economic expansion The Song of Solomon is a book of the Old Testament It is a unique collection of love poetry In Christian versions of the Bible it usually appears after the Book of Ecclesiastes In the Hebrew Bible it is found after the Book of Job It is believed to be written by King Solomon but the actual author or authors of the book are unknown It is a non-religious subject so it did not appear in all pre-Christian Jewish literature The
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