The tribe of Judah established in the territory south of Jerusalem and through time became to become the most powerful and influential tribe in the region. This ancient kingdom not only produced the renowned kings David and Solomon, but it was also predicted that the Messiah would emerge from among its ranks.
During his lifetime, the religion of Solomon was Judaism, a monotheistic faith practiced by ancient Hebrews. However, according to the first book of Kings, Solomon had a large number of foreign spouses among his concubines.
As a result of God’s prophecy to Solomon that his kingdom would be divided due to his idolatrous practices and that the ten northern tribes would be given to his servant (in fact, Jeroboam had been seeking council with the prophet Ahijah), Solomon attempted to assassinate Jeroboam, who fled to Egypt and was imprisoned there.
There it is stated that Solomon became King of Israel when he was twelve years old, and Josiah was eight years old when he was upright, and that Joash began to lead the people when he was seven years old.
Israel’s geographic core was the area of Judea, and the city of Jerusalem served as its capital. The Kingdom of Israel, the other Israelite kingdom, situated to the north of the Jordan River. The Jews are identified by name and are mostly descended from the Kingdom of Judah. The Kingdom of Judah is a historical entity in Israel.
|Kingdom of Judah |
|Today part of||Israel West Bank|
|Born||c. 972 BCE|
|Died||c. 913 BCE|
|Spouse||Mahalath Maacah 16 other wives 60 concubines|
|Issue||Jeush Shemariah Zaham Abijam Attai Ziza Shelomith 21 other sons 60 daughters|
Background information from the Bible. Jeroboam was the son of Nebat, a member of the Tribe of Ephraim of Zereda who was also the father of Jeroboam. His mother, Zeruah (which means ‘leprous’ in Hebrew), was a widow. In addition to Abijah and Nadab, he had at least two other sons who succeeded him to the throne.
According to legend, Solomon, the third king of Israel (who ruled from 968–928 B.C.E.) had a harem that comprised 700 wives and 300 concubines (1 Kgs 11:3). In addition to the daughter of Pharaoh, he was expected to have married women from several tribes including the Moabite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite nations (1 Kgs 7:8; 11:1).
Last week’s dispatches from the Cairo daily Mokattam said that diggers had discovered the sumptuous tomb of Solomon’s favorite wife Moti Maris of Memphis, on the Mount of the Temple (Jerusalem’s Mount Moriah), and that the tomb had been discovered by accident.
The Concubine’s Personal History When translated into English, it is often believed to refer to a wife or sexual partner who has a secondary social rank. In spite of the fact that several individuals in the Hebrew Bible have both wives and concubines, there are no spouses or extra concubines mentioned in Judges 19.
|Died||c. 931 BCE (aged 58–59) Jerusalem, United Kingdom of Israel|
|Spouse||Naamah Pharaoh’s daughter 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines|
|Issue||3 recorded children: Rehoboam Taphath Basemath|
Solomon’s reign was a period of time in which Solomon, who inherited a powerful monarchy, reigned for 40 years as king of Israel.
King Solomon died of natural causes at the age of 80 in 931 BCE, when he was 80 years old. He left the throne to his son Rehoboam, who reigned for nine years before the United Kingdom of Israel was abolished in 930 BCE as a result of a civil war.