1000 - 900 BCE

King Solomon

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The Israelite Temple of King Solomon
c. 960 BCE

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The Veil of Purple In King Solomon’s Temple

2 Chronicles 3:14
The Temple Construction
“He made the curtain of blue, purple, and crimson yarn and fine linen, and he worked cherubim into it.” 


In this picture by the Israel Antiquities Authority, you can see royal purple fabric found in Israel in 2021, dating to the time of King Solomon.      

2 Chronicles 3:14 
“He made the curtain of blue, purple, and crimson yarn and fine linen, and he worked cherubim into it.”

Royal purple fabric found in Israel in 2021, dating to the time of King Solomon.  
Israel Antiquities Authority 

The Walls of Solomon

1 Kings 9:15
This was the purpose of the forced labor which Solomon imposed: It was to build the House of the LORD, his own palace, the Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and to fortify Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer.

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Solomon’s Wall in Jerusalem, Discovered in 2010 by Eilat Mazar, Israel Antiquities Authority

King Solomon’s Wealth

1 Kings 10:14-16

"The weight of gold that came to Solomon each year was 666 talents…”

“King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred shekels of gold went into each shield.” 

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Jeroboam's Idolatry 

1 Kings 12:28-29
The king (Jeroboam I) made two golden calves… One he set up in Bethel, and the other in Dan.

Bronze Bull from Samaria, 12th Century BCE
Israel Museum / Israel Antiquities Authority 

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לְאַחַר שֶׁשָּׁאוּל הַמֶּלֶךְ וּבְנוֹ יְהוֹנָתָן מֵתִים בַּקְּרָב, פּוֹנִים רָאשֵׁי הַשְּׁבָטִים לְדָוִד, שֶׁמָּלַךְ כְּבָר שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים וָחֵצִי בְּחֶבְרוֹן. הֵם מְמַנִּים אוֹתוֹ לְמֶלֶךְ עַל הַקּוֹנְפֵדֵרַצְיָה הַשִּׁבְטִית הַמְּאֻחֶדֶת שֶׁל יִשְׂרָאֵל.     

דָּוִד הַמֶּלֶךְ פּוֹנֶה מִיָּד לְכִוּוּן יְרוּשָׁלַיִם, אַחַת הֶעָרִים הָאַחֲרוֹנוֹת שֶׁטֶּרֶם נִכְבְּשָׁה בְּמַהֲלַךְ כִּבּוּשׁ הָאָרֶץ בִּידֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל.   דָּוִד בּוֹחֵר בִּירוּשָׁלַיִם מֵאַרְבַּע סִבּוֹת עִקָּרִיּוֹת: מַיִם, בִּטָּחוֹן, אִחוּד וְשִׁלְטוֹן קַרְקָעִי נֵיטְרָלִי, אַךְ חָשׁוּב מֵהַכֹּל, בִּגְלַל הַקְּדוֹשָׁה שֶׁל יְרוּשָׁלַיִם הַטְּבוּעָה בַּמָּקוֹם הַנִּבְחָר, שֶׁבּוֹ יִבָּנֶה בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ הָעֲתִידִי.     

לְפָנֶיךָ סִרְטוֹן הַמְּסַפֵּר אֶת הַסִּבּוֹת שֶׁל דָּוִד בְּכִבּוּשׁ הָעִיר.