The first half of 1 Kings tells the story of Third king of Israel who was known for wisdom and building the first Temple More as he builds the The Jerusalem temple, unlike the tabernacle, was a permanent structure, although (like the tabernacle) it was a place of worship and religious activity. On one occasion Jesus felt such activity was unacceptable and, as reported in all four Gospels, drove from the temple those engaged... More, grows in Wisdom encompasses the qualities of experience, knowledge, and good judgment. The Old Testament book of Proverbs, which sometimes invokes a Woman as the personification of Wisdom, is a collection of aphorisms and moral teachings. Along with other biblical passages, it teaches, "The fear of the... More and wealth, and ultimately falls into apostasy.
The story of Solomon’s reign begins with the grisly account of Solomon’s accession to the throne of his father Second king of Israel, David united the northern and southern kingdoms. More amid plots and political manipulation (1 Kings 1-2). Following Solomon’s consolidation of his power, the story falls into two unequal halves: a generally positive section that lifts up the king’s gift of wisdom and how that gift manifested itself in judicial, administrative, religious, architectural, and diplomatic settings (chapters 3-10); and a decidedly negative portrayal in which Solomon’s many foreign wives ultimately lead him into apostasy and the worship of foreign gods (chapter 11). In response, after prophetic warnings, God punishes Solomon through two external adversaries and the internal rebellion of Jeroboam that ultimately results in the division of the kingdom.