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1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:27-30, 41-43 Commentary
by Roger Nam
At the height of Israel's success as a monarchy, King Solomon stops and prays.
After David declares his intention to build a temple for God, he is rebuked and redirected to a new vision of a house. Now, Solomon ascends to the Israelite kingship. With the changing of the guard, Solomon recalls the earlier promise to David and makes arrangements to build a magnificent temple (1 Kings 5:1-5).
At the completion of the temple, Solomon gives his prayer of dedication. Scholars have long recognized 1 Kings 8 as a "chapter of reflection," one of the crucial chapters in the narrative of Israel's history from Deuteronomy through 2 Kings. (Other chapters of reflection include Deuteronomy 1-4; Joshua 1, 23; Judges 2; 1 Samuel 12; 2 Kings 17).
These chapters of reflection occur at pivotal moments throughout the grand narrative of ancient Israel. Together, they hold together the vast history from the wilderness through the settlement and partition of land, to the end of the Davidic monarchy. At these junctures, the Bible momentarily halts the action in order to reflect on past ...
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Narrative Lectionary 051: Solomon
October 28, 2012
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's readings are: 1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:27-30, 41-43, and Luke 19:45-46.