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Map of Ancient Jerusalem featuring Solomon's First Temple (960 B.C.)

King Solomon:  Wise, masterful architect

Like his father before him, King Solomon was known for his prolific writing. Having authored the Song of Songs (Song of Solomon), the book of Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, Solomon assumed the throne as King of Israel in approximately 967 B.C. He ruled over an Israel that extended much farther than the Israel we know today. His Kingdom extended from the River Euphrates in the northern region all the way down to Egypt in the south. His signature accomplishment was the successful and brilliant construction of the First Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. For the first temple, Solomon brought forth the cedars of Lebanon, and imported them through the old port city of Jaffa. The First Jewish Temple took approximately seven years to construct. The First Jewish Temple was comprised of cedar and stone, and overlaid with pure gold. Solomon ruled Israel for 40 years. He died and was buried in Jerusalem in the City of David.

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