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The wealth and glory of Solomon's reign as described in the Bible is nothing short of marvelous, too marvelous for some. On the other hand, the descriptions may balance out by also recording his eventual apostasy, excesses and quasi "existential" end. How credible are the stories of his wealth and wisdom in the light of history and archaeology compared to other ancient monarchs? Can we realistically assess Solomon's riches and wisdom? Was Solomon's reign the zenith of Ancient Israel? These are the relevant questions addressed in this lecture and derive mostly from a chapter in Patrick Hunt's 2019 - 2020 book Archaeology and the Bible: Ten Illuminations of Selected Biblical Texts.
Presented by Patrick Hunt, Ph.D., via live video stream with interactive Q&A. Saturday, March 20, 2021, 7:00PM. Tickets: $35 (ONLY ONE TICKET PER HOUSEHOLD IS NECESSARY).
Patrick Hunt believes the perceived boundaries between academic subjects are too often arbitrary and artificial, and thus explores junctions between many intersecting areas of interest across the broader humanities, sciences and the arts. Patrick has followed several of his life-long dreams--archaeologist, writer, composer, poet, and art historian -- for the last twenty years at Stanford University. Among many other works, he is author of Ten Discoveries that Rewrote History.