Five Imposing Faces
Damien F. Mackey
This article is dedicated to that “poor wise man [whom] no one remembered”,
of whom King Solomon told in Ecclesiastes 9:14-15.
Whereas I Kings 10 speaks of King Solomon as a king of the highest international reputation, wealth and power, “greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth” (v. 23), current historians and archaeologists have concluded, in their wisdom, that Solomon could have been, at the most, only a tin pot king ruling over a miserable phase of Israelite history. Such an unenlightened view I had cause to be critical of in:
when I wrote:
… the conventional chronology with its underlying stratigraphy has led to archaeologists systematically deleting ancient Israel (Moses; Exodus; Conquest; David, Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, etc.) from the history books. Late last year, the leading Israeli archaeologist, Israel Finkelstein, was quoted [in “Kings of Controversy”, National Geographic(David and Solomon, December 2010), p. 85] as saying: “Now Solomon. I think I destroyed Solomon, so to speak. Sorry for that!” Not only Solomon, but all the others as well. That is because the likes of professor Finkelstein and his colleagues are always constrained by the erroneous Sothic chronology to look at the wrong strata for the Conquest, David and Solomon (Iron Age instead of Late Bronze Age [including some Middle Bronze] in the latter case). Thanks to the conventional scheme, it is biblical history that is currently losing just about every battle. ….
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That the moribund conventional scheme of history must of necessity pass into oblivion, however, as it must inevitably be superseded by a wise (‘Solomonic’) revisionism, was well summed up by this correspondent (whose prediction of “soon”, though, may be a bit over optimistic), who wrote to me:
….Those holding to the old orthodoxy of Egyptian History will soon vanish and out of the mists will arise a new historical chronology that will again dramatically shorten the length of Egyptian chronology. I think the works of Velikovsky, Courville and Mackey and others will eventually unseat the modern Pharisees and Sadduccees who hold sway over the old orthodoxy which is dying as the revisionists get their ideas out in the internet. I hope that you are actively engaged in further research and I suspect you realize that the Hebrew Chronology which influenced three of the major religions in history is more critical than the Egyptian documents that are carved in stone as almost nothing in the Egyptian Chronology matches that of the Hebrews. Keep up the great research.
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The case of the glorious King Solomon is a testament to the lack of fruitfulness of the withered tree that is conventionalism. By total contrast a judicious revisionism, that properly re-aligns biblical with secular history, overflows with abundance. King Solomon, withered by the biblical minimalists to something resembling a dried prune, or, worse, reduced to non-existence by the likes of Finkelstein, is all of a sudden found to have been in reality a multi-dimensional historical character of epic proportions, influencing and ruling over, not only the kingdom of Israel, but a world empire. In his day King Solomon was, indeed, a King of Kings. In this article we are going to be considering:
Five Faces of the Great King
Most of these five I have already written about, but one, the last (No. 5.), is completely new. Three of these will turn out to be mythological, I believe, rather than historical. Solomon was:
- Pharaoh Thutmose II (and also Senenmut) of Egypt.
- Lawgiver Solon of Greek Legend.
- King Hammurabi of Babylon.
- Charlemagne, king of the Franks.
- Suleiman the Magnificent, king of the Ottoman Turks.
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