A question about King Solomon and his 1,000 women

King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba 400
Painting: De Min, Giovanni (1789–1859), Solomon and The Queen of Sheba

Solomon, the son of David, was a great king of Israel. He was known for a number of things, including his wisdom, his great wealth, his famous temple, and his many women. Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines. In many ways, King Solomon is case study material, but that is for some other day. Earlier today, my friend and chief tormentor, Abigail, tweeted something interesting about King Solo (King Solo sounds cool; right?). Have a look:

Someone would argue that back then, women were treated like property, and so perhaps Solomon just took which women he wanted. But that has been addressed in part by the fact that even queens sought to be identified with him. The queen of Sheba was a ruling monarch and was in no way subject to King Solo (or K Solo; that’s not a bad nickname either; is it?). As a matter of fact, the story reads like she really was a formidable ruler too. Yet, she travelled from afar to come see for herself.

Psst: This was 970 to 931 BC, and we see that Sheba and other nations had queens. Patriarchy didn’t seem to have prevented such an “abomination” as female rulers from happening. *cough! cough!* We might also need to research how women fared under these female rulers. I am betting that the results will be interesting. Don’t believe everything you read about men being responsible for subjugating women and all what not.

Anyway, K Solo liked women, but it is also clear that women liked him a lot too. Many of his wives were foreign queens and princesses. What was it about him that made all those women want to be identified with him? His wisdom, his wealth, or both? We know that many women are attracted to intelligent, wealthy and powerful men, and K. Solo was all three. But perhaps there was also something else.

Who knows? Maybe there was also a legend about his phallus, his romantic ways, or his skills in bed? The bible wouldn’t dare mention that now; would it? But who is it that the Song Of Solomon is attributed to again?

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2 thoughts on “A question about King Solomon and his 1,000 women

  1. What kind of wisdom can be attributed to a man who would maintain a harem of women? Traditional sayings about the folly of cavorting with too many women, are manifold.

    I have often wondered how Solomon could be considered wise if he can not temper his febrile libido. A man who can not control his own passion is not fit to rule over others.

    Women are known as being very jealous, and only a man looking for a thousand troubles would have thousands of them.

    Perhaps the women of that era are not Like the fire spitting acid throwing, jealous types we have now?

    Well, What do I know?

  2. King Solomon bought his wives. End of story.

    Queen sheba came to Solomon because he would make for a formidable ally, he was rich, could offer security (due to his father fighting the wars for his successor even the Bible alludes to this). We all know how marriage among the nobles work, they didn’t do it for love they didn’t to secure their position

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