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I Kings 10

Chapter 10

v. 26: Statements like this confirm my suspicions that the author of Kings is critical of Solomon, even when he does not criticize him overtly as he does in the next chapter.  Solomon’s actions here are a direct violation of Deuteronomy 17:16, not only because he is gathering horses and chariots but also because he is getting them from Egypt.  In fact, the wording of Deuteronomy and Kings is so similar, here and elsewhere, that it is very likely that the author of Kings had the book of Deuteronomy in mind as he wrote Kings.[1] For examples of other similar wording, compare the blessings and curses in chapter 8:33 and following with Deuteronomy 28.  Note also the place “God chooses to dwell” (Deuteronomy 12:5 and 1st Kings 11:36).


[1] This theory is much more acceptable to me than the one which suggests that the author of Kings himself actually wrote sections of Deuteronomy with Solomon in mind.  The latter theory presumes a certain degree of dishonesty on the part of the author of Kings by making him a forger who inserted his own beliefs into Deuteronomy as though Moses himself had set them down.  My theory assumes that the author is only recognizing in Solomon the fulfillment of Deuteronomy’s prediction.  Good writers often allude to earlier, authoritative works by mimicking their style and wording; I see no reason to believe this is not the case here.

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