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Bibil Identifier bibil:214332
Publication Type Article of book
Title (German, Long) Batscheba und der Name ihres Sohnes Salomo
Author Särkiö, Pekka
Congress volume Seitenblicke
Year (Reference) 2011
Language German
Pages 256-262 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The intention of this article is to examine the meaning of King Solomon's name in its historical context. Solomon's becoming king is told in the Succession narrative of David in 2Sam 11-1 Kings 2. Its character as critical of Solomon is clear alone in that, that Solomon was born of David's and Bathsheba's adultery and that he murdered his political opponents. The explanation for the name of Solomon as "his replacement," a commemorative name with a view to the dead Uriah and Bathsheba's husband, does not suit well with the situation. One gets the impression from the Succession narrative that the Canaanite circle of Jerusalem, namely Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, foreign mercenaries AND Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite, was behind Solomon's becoming king. The etymology of the name Jerusalem is "foundation of the god Shalem." Shalem was the Canaanite solar divinity of the morning dawn or the evening twilight and its hypostasis the evening star. Therefore the name "Solomon" could point to the old Canaanite divinity of the pre-Israelite, Jebusite Jerusalem. This name aetiology could speak for the historicity of the king Solomon, who reigned in Jerusalem. At the same time the name pointing to a canaanite deity was difficult from the perspective of Israelite religion and was tried, to be concealed by a more orthodox name Jedidiah (2Sam 12:24).
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Religion
Terms שְׁלֹמֹה שׁלמה
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