"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:1-13 Commentary
by Stephen B. Reid
Any prominent public space needs a rationale and a dedication.
1 Kings 5:1-5 and 8:1-13 provide both of these for the Temple. The distillation of 1 Kings 5-8 begins with the pledge to build the temple (1 Kings: 5:3-5) and ends with the statement of conclusion. (8:12-13)
Chapters 5 and 8 are embedded in the Solomon materials in Kings (1 Kings 2-11). The temple material is the heart of the Solomon story. Most of the depiction of Solomon in popular culture focuses on wisdom and wealth, but the authors and editors of Kings give the pride of place and the most words to his role as the builder of the temple.
The writers of the books of Kings may have been ambivalent about Solomon. He married outside of the Hebrew community (exogamy). He is accused of putting persons in the northern regions of his rule into forced labor (1 Kings 5:13-14). The writer/editor has little interest in the building of the palace except to make the case that Solomon spent more time on that than he did on the building of the temple (1 Kings 6:39-7:1). These indictments serve as an ...
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The narrative lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. Read more.
Narrative Lectionary 097: Solomon's Temple
October 27, 2013
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker for "I Love to Tell the Story," a conversation on Year 4 of the narrative lectionary. This podcast covers texts for Oct. 27, 2013: 1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:1-13 (corresponding Gospel: John 2: 19-21).