Solomon's Temple






Solomon's Temple

 Surprisingly  enough for this part of the world, religious tolerance was one of the strengths of the Phoenician people. It allowed them to conduct their business in all parts of the Mediterranean, and also protected them from the aggression of others. This was apparently a survival mechanism, rather than a nice-to-have social grace. A very clear demonstration of this was the building of Solomon's Temple.

The Old Testament of the Bible and the Jewish Tanakh describe in detail the cooperation between Solomon and Hiram, the King of Tyre. As one of the three original Phoenician cities, Tyre was just now beginning to take a leadership role among the Phoenicians. In the years to come, they would create the city of Carthage. But for now, their attention was on their Hebrew neighbors in the south. Rather than fight and lose, as so many others had done against Solomon's father King David, the Phoenician king sold cedar, fir, and the labor of craftsmen to Solomon for the building of his Temple.

And Hiram king of Tyre . . . sent to Solomon, saying, 

. . . I will do all thy desire concerning timber of cedar, and concerning timber of fir. My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon unto the sea; and I will convey them by sea in floats unto the place that thou shalt appoint me, and will cause them to be discharged there, and thou shalt receive them; and thou shalt accomplish my desire, in giving food for my household.

1 Kings 5:1-8

A master craftsman from the Phoenician city of Tyre, also named Hiram, performed great work on the Temple, and was singled out for mention.

And king Solomon sent and fectched Hiram out of Tyre. He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass; and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.

1 Kings 7:13-17

The Phoenicians and Hebrews then went on to perform joint ventures in trade, and earned great amounts of gold together. Once there was a time when the ancestors of today's Lebanese and Israeli people lived side-by-side in peace. Will that day come again?

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