Religious Syncretism in Israel and Judah III

Originally posted on Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament:

To Read Part I: Introduction , click here .

To Read Part II: The Reign of Solomon, click here.


The Reforms of Jeroboam

Solomon’s religious and economic policies generated much unrest in Israel and caused the division of the monarchy along geographical lines. The tribes of Judah and Benjamin were strong supporters of David’s throne and after the death of Solomon, they were ready to accept Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, as his successor.

The northern tribes, however, unhappy with Solomon’s policy of forced labor, did not want to keep the agreement with David’s house that created the united monarchy. Thus, the division of the kingdom came mostly because of the oppressive policies of Solomon. However, the Deuteronomic Historian presents the division of the kingdom in religious terms.

According to the Deuteronomic Historian, the northern tribes revolted because there were groups of people within the Northern tribes who…

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King Solomon Is The Culprit


 Another round of Jewish and Palestinian peace talks have broken down is in the news again. Maybe politicians should stop and consider that perhaps two separate states is not the solution and consider what worked in the past for the culprit King Solomon.

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King Solomon on Causes of Disasters

We read or hear about terrible human casualties caused by natural disasters, wars, terrorist attacks, or travel mishaps. Every once in a while, a religious leader makes a statement that the reason for the disaster was that God willed the disaster to happen because of the sins of man. Continue reading


King Solomon and Xbox


If you follow my blog and read what I surmise King Solomon would have said to the Queen of Sheba based on his proverbs, I am going to take an artist license and state this. I believe he would have written a proverb about the wisdom of a child using their time playing with an Xbox, compared to using their time playing this HERE.


King Solomon on Benevolence of Friends

I read this morning a young woman’s blog about abuse victims.  Her Gravatar picture shows a smiling very attractive young woman along with this statement. “I am a Christian, a survivor of abuse and a voice for the victims.”

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Things We Need to Teach Our Daughters (and Sons)


i believe King Solomon would agree with this post.

Originally posted on Good Time Stories:

Monkey As parents, there isn’t anything more precious in the world to us as our children. One of the most important things that we should teach our children (and encourage them to use) is wisdom…the ability to differentiate between good and bad, etc.

I recently came across some great “words of wisdom” that I thought that would be good to share for everyone who is a parent (or who will be someday). These are principles that we need to teach our daughters to know the difference between…

a man who flatters her and a man who compliments her

a man who spends money on her and a man who invests in her

a man who views her as property and a man who views her properly

a man who lusts after her and a man who loves her

a man who believes he’s a gift to women, and a man who…

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King Solomon, a Women without a Husband, Mars and Venus Orbits


I recently read a very popular blog in which a young woman expressed her thoughts and feelings about not being married and living five years with a man she loves. She and a number of commenters expressed their frustrations about people asking them when they will get married.

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How King Solomon and a Jungle Made My Dream Come True


What did King Solomon and a jungle have to do to make a 73 year old first novelist dream come true? No, it was not a dream contract from a book publisher or an acceptance offer by a top name agent to represent my first novel. Every first author may appreciate my explanation of what they will most likely discover and experience after writing their first novel. There is a publishing world, a blogging world, and even a jungle path out there which in my case literally played the major part in making my dream come true.

After going the submission rejection route, and realizing that publishers and agents are not very interested in first time novelists, especially if they have a limited platform and are anywhere near my age because that limits the time frame of the writer to hopefully write a sequel if the novel proves to be commercially successful. Even though most submission replies were congenial and some even complementary, the book was “not for them.” Having a business background I well understood that their basic motives are profit and their decisions are based on experiences and acumen of book marketing they must ponder before they decide to invest their time and resources. Continue reading