The biblical figure, King Solomon , was the ruler of the first great Israel kingdom and builder of the first temple in Jerusalem. According to the bible, it states that Solomon was the richest and wisest man of his time. The historical documentary entitled, Quest to Solomon’s Mines, tells us about legends of Solomon’s magnificent gold mine, Ophir ,which is thought to be the source of gold that King Solomon used to build his great temple (“Quest for…”). Although, the mines were never mentioned in the bible, there have been Hollywood movies such as King Solomon’s Mines, which provided great speculation that the mines existed. Despite Hollywood efforts, the archeologists have constantly revisited the site and found nothing. This site still remains a mystery because there is little evidence to prove the existence Solomon or his gold mines.
There is very little evidence about the existence of Solomon outside of the bible. In the bible, it discusses how the most important achievement that Solomon accomplished was building the temple of God in Jerusalem. About three thousand talents of gold from Ophir and seven thousand talents of silver were used to build the enormous temple (New International Version, I Chronicles. 29. 3-4). The building took about seven years; however, it stood for about four hundred years. According to the Holy Bible, The International Version,
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