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The Account of Solomon’S Sin (1 Kgs. 11: 1–8—3 Reg. 11: 1–8)

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The account of Solomon's apostasy has come down to us in two versions widely divergent from each other. According to v. 2b, the regulation was meant to prevent the Israelites from turning their hearts away to other Gods than YHWH. Solomon's disregard of this prohibition constitutes a sin in its own right but, as v. 2b and v. 2c explain, it also made him susceptible to the much more serious sin of venerating foreign deities. V. 4 states that Solomon came close to committing this sin: In his old age, the king's fervour for YHWH had slackened so that he was unable to resist the entreaties of his wives to accommodate the cult of their Gods. In the LXX Solomon, for all his faults, is not the idol worshipper and, possibly, not the systematic sinner against the Deuteronomic prohibition on intermarriage.

Keywords: apostasy; Deuteronomic prohibition; foreign deities; Gods; idol worshipper; intermarriage; LXX; Sin; Solomon; YHWH



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