What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.
Monday, December 16, 2013
The Sexiest Man in the Old Testament
People Magazine recently published their pick of the sexiest man alive. Some contemporary words used to describe him on the cover were, Cool, Confident, Seductive.
Who in the Old Testament would a woman have considered the sexiest man and what words would be used to describe him to be sexy? Would her choice be because of his looks, personality, charisma, smile, wit, poetry, magnetism, intelligence, wealth, or his chemistry that would cause a woman to swoon?
My guess would be it was King Solomon. Why? Because of the following descriptions of him in the Bible, and the passionate love song he wrote in his Song of Songs. For example:
He purportedly had 700 wives and 300 concubines.
He wrote a Song considered being the most eloquent song of love still being recited in weddings today.
His magnetism drew a Queen to travel three months through a desert to meet him.
He acquired vast wealth and a reputation for his wit, wisdom, and storytelling charm.
He is described as being a handsome prince in the Song of Songs riding in a chariot to meet his bride.
Now I well understand that my above examples may be considered meaningless. That is because I am a male and that disqualifies me to understand a woman in regards to the chemistry that attracts a woman’s eye and affection for the opposite sex. What the Queen of Sheba commented to King Solomon in the excerpts of my novel below would apply to me too.
In Chapter 16, the Queen of Sheba comments to King Solomon.
“However, tonight you promised to explain the reason why you choose to have so many wives and concubines. I also want to understand your views about the differences in the roles of men and women. I will not allow you to distract me with your charming compliments.”
In this excerpt, the Queen of Sheba reacts and comments after Solomon explains his views.
Her face continued to indicate her displeasure of our beliefs.
“Bilqis, I knew when we began this conversation that the subject would not be pleasing or agreeable with you. However, it is what we Israelite men believe to be the role of our woman.”
“What do men really know about women? I believe you stated that women know better than men the perceptions of women.” Bilqis commented cynically.
“Perceptions of women are indeed a difficult matter for men to comprehend.” I acknowledged.
“Solomon, why are men favored to have more wives rather than woman having more husbands? Seems even your Yahweh does not appear to be fair to woman on this matter.”
*As a Lily among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka
Now available as an e-Book at all sellers. View beginning excerpts @ Amazon.com below.