New PDF release: Solomon: The Lure of Wisdom

By Steven Weitzman

ISBN-10: 0300137184

ISBN-13: 9780300137187

Tradition has it that King Solomon knew every little thing there has been to know—the mysteries of nature, of affection, of God himself—but what will we be aware of of him? Esteemed biblical student Steven Weitzman reintroduces readers to Solomon's tale and its incredible impact in shaping Western tradition, and he additionally examines what Solomon's existence, knowledge, and writings have come to intend for Jews, Christians, and Muslims over the last thousand years.

Weitzman's Solomon is populated by way of a colourful solid of bold characters—Byzantine emperors, explorers, rabbis, saints, scientists, poets, archaeologists, trial judges, reggae singers, and moviemakers between them—whose universal aim is to unearth the reality approximately Solomon's lifestyles and knowledge. packed with the Solomonic texts of the Bible, besides lesser–known magical texts and different writings, this publication demanding situations either spiritual and secular assumptions. while it seeks to inform the tale of historic Israel's maximum ruler, this insightful ebook can also be a meditation at the Solomonic wish to understand all of life's secrets and techniques, and at the function of this wish in global heritage.

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This hasn’t stopped scholars from trying to come up with such a meaning. The theory to which I am most sympathetic takes its cue from the fact that David was trying to comfort Bathsheba for the death of their first child when Solomon was conceived. Solomon’s name can be parsed as “his replacement,” and the circumstances suggest that David saw in him a substitute for the child that he lost. It is a touching idea, but there are problems with it, not least of which is that it imputes to the king more grief, and more humanity, than he would seem capable of.

One of the few pieces of information that we can glean is that Solomon had many older brothers. According to Chronicles, six sons were born to David while he ruled from his base in the city of Hebron—Amnon, Daniel, Absalom, Adonijah, Shephatiah, and Ithream—and still other brothers born after he moved to Jerusalem, includ- 16 a l us t for knowl e dg e ing a brother named Nathan who may or may not be the prophet that gave Solomon the name Yedidyah. But 2 Samuel and 1 Kings give us information about only a few of these brothers, and only those who threaten Solomon’s future as king by vying for the throne themselves, and we are told nothing at all about any of the other people who may have populated his childhood—sisters, servants, friends, or teachers.

Whatever merit that hypothesis has, the kind of dream that he has seems typically ancient Near Eastern in other respects, a dream in which the divine, not the psyche, reveals itself. Born of a different understanding of psychology than the one that Freud developed, the dream at Gibeon seems impervious to psychoanalytic interpretation—there are no uncanny symbols that Freudian dreams use to encrypt repressed desire—and with nothing in the dream to decode, we have no way into the preconscious impulses that generated it.

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