JesusWalk® Publications

King Solomon
Wisdom, Wealth, Weakness
a 176-page book
by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson


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King Solomon is difficult to figure out. He loves the Lord and is loved by God, yet commits apostasy. How can such a wise man be so stupid?

Solomon is the wisest of all men before or since and fabulously wealthy. A man of peace, yet he dominates the nations around him by military strength and trade supremacy.

Solomon mobilizes an army of workers to construct a temple for Yahweh, as well as palaces, cities, fortifications, and storehouses.

He is a singer of songs and author of books, an observant botanist and zoologist. If he lived today, we'd call him a genius and wonder at his intellect. Yet for all his devotion and accomplishments, a  weakness for foreign women leads him to build shrines that honor their false gods.

Our primary text to study Solomon's life is 1 Kings 1 to 11, with additions here and there from 2 Chronicles and other Bible passages. Along the way, we:

  • Examine the Davidic Covenant that points directly to Jesus,
  • Apply understandings of the temple to our worship today,
  • Explore his insightful prayer at the dedication of the temple,
  • Probe the great revival promises of 2 Chronicles 7:14 -- "If my people ... will humble themselves and pray,"
  • Find a discipleship balance of talents and gifts, wealth and care for the poor, honor and humility, and
  • Study Solomon's undoing to sharpen awareness of our own vulnerabilities.

We study Solomon's life over six lessons. Thought-provoking questions encourage insights by individual students and stimulate powerful discussions in classes and small groups. Preachers and teachers will find a great deal of their research done for them. Includes 13 diagrams and historical maps.

Here's an outline of the 6-week study (detailed Table of Contents):

  • Preface
  • Introduction to Solomon's Time
  1. Solomon's Path to Kingship (1 Kings 1-2)
  2. Solomon's Wisdom (1 Kings 3-4)
  3. Building Solomon's Temple (1 Kings 5-7)
  4. Dedicating Solomon's Temple (1 Kings 8-9)
  5. Solomon's Splendor (1 Kings 9-10)
  6. Solomon's Legacy (1 Kings 11)
  • Appendix 1. Participant Handouts (free)
  • Appendix 2. Parallel Accounts of the Davidic Covenant
  • Appendix 3. Five Kinds of Temple Sacrifices or Offerings
  • Appendix 4. Archaeology of Solomon's Era
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  • About the Author
  • Statement of Faith
  • Copying Policy
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  • This study is available in book format (below) or at no cost delivered via e-mail over a six-week period.

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