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A Term Paper Discussing the Characterization of Solomon By Randy Hawley DCC6 Literature of the Israelite Kingdom As we study the Scriptures we are confronted with the various ways and means that God communicates with and acts through various peoples cultures and nations We must also recognize that God in His omniscience may choose to use people and means that we do not fully understand Such is the case with Rahab the harlot Josh 21-21 in which God not only uses someone outside the chosen the race but a woman of questionable character God choosing to use the unlikely candidate of a prostitute to achieve His promise to the Israelites the promise of occupying a land flowing with milk and honey Exodus 38 In this paper we will see that God in spite of what Solomon does or does not do will achieve His plans and purposes for the nation Israel Our first look into the character of Solomon is found in the first chapter of I Kings and unfortunately it is one that does nothing to give us any clear impressions as to the character of Solomon As we see the story unfolding and the characters being introduced Solomon is very much in the background almost a hiding figure if you wish With others such as Nathan and Bathsheba doing their scheming best to ensure Solomon succeeds his father David as King of Israel Right at the outset of the chapter we are beginning to question why the narrator is leaving Solomon in the background Then when we finally hear from Solomon we are left with resolving the issue of first impressions Is it a good first impression of Solomon or a bad first impression Walsh would have us believe that this first impression is a positive one Solomon from all indications thus far is the rival of Adonijah for the throne of their father David and when they
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