The First Book of the


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The Anointing of Solomon by Cornelis de Vos (c. 1630). According to 1 Kings 1:39, Solomon was anointed by Zadok. As king David grew frail his eldest living son (Solomon's half-brother) Adonijah was hosting a feast to celebrate a possible ascendency to the throne. However, Solomon's mother Bathsheba appealed to king David to have Solomon made king. So while Adonijah was feasting this annointing took place. Image Source

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First Kings covers the end of king David's life with the House of David continuing its reign with Solomon and then Rehoboam and his successors only retaining control of Judah while Jereboam and a succession of dynasties control Israel in the north.

First Kings is one of a series of books (along with Joshua, Judges, First Samuel, Second Samuel and Second Kings) which covers the theological history of the Israelites and explains God's law under the guidance of the prophets. According to Jewish tradition the author of the books of Kings was Jeremiah, who would have been alive during the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BCE.

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After two women give birth to children and one loses her child, she claims motherhood of the other woman's child. When the dispute is brought before king Solomon he suggests dividing the child in two. The woman who allows the child to go to the other woman so that it may live is given the child since Solomon sees her as loving the child more and therefore the likely mother. The Judgment of Solomon: by Peter Paul Rubens (1617) Image Source


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