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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

King Solomon's Mines - Is the Bible a myth or a true historical record?

Treasure hunters have been searching for King Solomon’s mines for over a hundred years. Now at last Archeologists believe they have found one of his mines in modern-day Jordan in an area called Khirbat en-Nahas, which means “ruins of copper” in Arabic. The region was known in the Old Testament as the Kingdom of Edom.

Now the debate will reopen about whether the Old Testament is a myth or a true historical record. It is said that the book of Proverbs and the Book of Ecclesiastes were written by King Solomon, the son of King David. Under his rule, Israel achieved great power and glory, possibly from these vast copper mines.

King Solomon was the third king of Israel and ruled for 40 years between 965BC and 925BC. He was famous for his wisdom, his wealth, and the size of his harem which included 700 wives and 300 concubines. He was also a gifted writer and composed 1005 songs and 3000 proverbs, one of which is still used today – Pride comes before a fall”.

In the middle of 10 hectares, covered in black slag, the site contains 100 buildings and a fortress and can be seen on Google Earth’s satellite images.

The findings are reported in today's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences