King Solomon was the son of King David and was supposed to have been bestowed with great wisdom. It is told in the Bible that it was God’s will that Solomon be named King when David died, rather than the true heir Adonijah, the eldest son of David.
Solomon is reknowned for his wisdom, which was bestowed upon him by God because he prayed for knowledge and understanding, rather than wealth, power or the death of his enemies (1 Kings 3:4-9).
This is a passage from the Hebrew Bible “The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.” (1 Kings 10:24).
The Bible also tells us that Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines! That seems a lot just for one man, I wonder if they all got along? Sadly for King Solomon it is also said that it is his wives that led him away from God and to the path of idolatory. This idol worship was deemed sinful because he was only supposed to worship one true God. Worse still, God had given him a great gift and now he was being disprespectful!
It was only because his father King David remained in God’s favour that King Solomon was not punished for his sins in his own lifetime. Indeed it is said he died of natural causes aged 80. However his great temple was destroyed and his was kingdom split. The sin of the father was effectively passed down to his sons.
There have been many famous references to King Solomon in fictional tales. The most famous perhaps, was a great influence on Clara Bow; King Solomon’s Mines, by H Rider Haggard. This is a favourite book of author Michael Dale and was instrumental in nurturing an early interest in adventure and myth.
The Seal of Solomon
It was reading about the Seal of Solomon that first inspired me to write about Clara Bow. It is said to have had magical powers, primarily to control the otherwise unruly and powerful Jinni.
The Seal itself is a ring, but what it looked like is not really known. It is commonly associated with the Star of David, the six-pointed start (hexagram), which would have been engraved upon the face, possibly with dots or symbolic embellishments. It could have been made from brass or iron and some say it was engraved with the true name of God.
Whatever its appearance, it is the supposed power of the ring that inspired the magical tale of Clara Bow. Various powers have been assigned to the ring, such as the ability to control demons, genies, also known as Jinni or Djinn and even allowed Solomon to talk to animals.
It is said that the magnificent First Temple, built by King Solomon was actually built by Jinni, all under the control of this Seal. How else could such a spectacular and impressive temple have been built?
King Solomon’s Temple
Known as the First Temple, this magnificent temple was supposed to have been built upon the Temple Mount in ancient Jerusalem. Sadly, due to the current political and religious complications of the area no proper archaeological digs have been allowed. This has meant there is still no evidenced the temple ever stood.
It was supposed to have been destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar II after the Siege of Jerusalem in 587BC. Such a shame, because it sounds like an amazing building, built to honour God and to house the fabled Ark of the Convenant. The Ark is well known in popular culture because of the first Indiana Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, in which he seeks the Ark in order to protect it from the Nazis. The connection is not coincidental, because at one stage the idea of a hunt for the Seal of Solomon was author Michael Dale’s idea for a new Indiana Jones adventure!
Whether the secrets of the temple will be revealed by Clara Bow, you will have to find out by reading Clara Bow and the Seal of Solomon!
The Staff of Aaron
Moses is probably the most famous biblical figure other than Jesus. His exploits in Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery is most notable for the plagues visited upon the Egyptians due to Pharaoh’s stubborness. Aaron was Moses’ brother and he too had a staff, or rod, which was used to perform miracles. When Pharaoh is unimpressed by Moses’ staff becoming a snake when cast down, he prompts his sorcerors to perform the same ‘trick’, after which Aaron also casts down his staff to become a snake that eats theirs!
According to tradition, the rod of Aaron bore sweet almonds on one side and bitter on the other; if the Israelites followed the Lord, the sweet almonds would be ripe and edible, but if they were to forsake the path of the Lord, the bitter almonds would predominate.
In the second Clara Bow adventure the staff demonstrates powers that cause even more confusion for Clara, who has had little time to recover from the dramatic, life-changing events of The Seal of Solomon.