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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

1 Kings 3

THEME

God’s wisdom through Solomon

SETTING

c.962–922 BCE Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel.

KEY FIGURES

King Solomon The son of David and Bathsheba, Solomon rules Israel from around 962 to 922 BCE. He is wise, just, and devout.

King David The father of Solomon and the second king of Israel.

Two unknown women Described as prostitutes, the women ask Solomon to decide which of them is the rightful mother of a baby.

Queen of Sheba Her visit to Solomon is described in one brief biblical passage (1 Kings 10:1–13) but has intrigued readers of the Bible for centuries.

Zadok The first high priest to serve in the Temple. ...

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