What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.
Monday, January 5, 2015
King Solomon, Sexiest Man in the Old Testament (ud)
People Magazine recently published their pick of the sexiest man alive. Who in the Old Testament would a woman have considered the sexiest man?
Some contemporary words used in People Magazine to describe him on the cover were, Cool, Confident, Seductive. Who or what criteria words would be used to describe ot qualify a man in the Old Testament as sexy? Would it 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 could be meaningless because I am a male. Only the mind and chemical composition of a woman can understand or feel the atomic attractions within to draw her attention or affection to the opposite sex.
What did the Queen of Sheba comment to King Solomon when he tried to explain why he had so many wives? In a novel excerpt I surmised what the Queen commented and what every woman ever since Adam and Eve has probably thought at one time or another. The novel is a contemporary application of a story form to promote understanding of proverbs and ancient wise sayings in relation to modern times.
“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.”
Excerpt After King Solomon Explained .
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
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