Where Did The Treasure Of Solomon Go?

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Statuette photo credit Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund (CC BY),  Brooklyn Museum. Painting by David Roberts, c.1838 {{PD}} Wikimedia Commons.

Post 16 – This week in #weeklybiblereadingarcheology, technically has to do with last week’s Bible reading, but close enough! Where did the immense wealth and treasure of King Solomon go? To Egypt! After the death of Solomon, his feckless and reckless son Rehoboam took the throne. Shortly thereafter, the kingdom of Judah was invaded by Pharoah Shishak (see Post 15). “He took the treasures of the house of Jehovah and the treasure of the king’s house. He took everything…” – 2 Chronicles 12: 9. Shishak seems to have died shortly after his conquest and was replaced on the throne by his son Osorkon I (Right. Statuette of Osorkon at the Brooklyn Museum). Less than a decade after Solomon’s death, Osorkon proudly recorded on a pillar in the Temple of Bubastis that he had gifted to the many and various temples of Egypt at least 383 tons of silver and gold! Where did Osorkon obtain such treasure so early in his reign? World renowned Egyptologist Kenneth Kitchen says that the most logical source was the treasure his father had looted in Jerusalem. This provides further corroboration that the Bible is not exaggerating the wealth of Solomon! #biblereadingarcheology #biblereadingarchaeology

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