David and Solomon

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David and Solomon King David proved to be a wise and effective leader for Israel. However, it can be said that his son, Solomon, made several mistakes during his reign. Many of his problems originated from his Temple, a stucture that was conceptualized by his father to be a deterrent against the paganism, which infested the land. Yet, it seemed as if several of Solomon’s policies actually encouraged paganism rather than deter it. King …

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…of paganism and centralize the cult. Works Cited Rosovsky, Nitza, ed. City of the Great King . Boston : Harvard UP, 1996. Alt, A. “The Monarachy in the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah.” Essays on Old Testament History and Religion . New York : Oxford UP, 1966. Albright, William Foxwell . Archeology and the religion of Israel . Baltimore : John’s Hopkins Press, 1968 . May, Herbert G. and Bruce M. Metzger, eds. The Book of Kings. New Oxford Annotated Bible. New York : Oxford UP, 1973.