King Solomon’s Copper.

I’m not really up on my Biblical history.  This could be a flaw in my education, or perhaps just in my interest.  Somehow, the lineages of the Kingdom of Edom and when the Israelites were where don’t really pique my interest.  Despite this, occasionally I wish I knew a little bit more about the timeline, mostly in places where it would improve my knowledge of certain stories or would help in trivia games.

One of the areas where I have limited knowledge is about the ‘real’ reign of King Solomon.  This is probably partially due to H. Rider Haggard and various associated movies.  Why did the king bury bunches of treasure in a mine?  Who ends up dying as they leave?  Was there a previous lost love?  Is it a friend who is taken in the unfairness of African life?  Does a safari end in melancholy?

Well, archeology is trying to answer some of those questions.  A copper mine has recently been dated to the time of King Solomon.  It is possible that this mine, therefore, had some connection to the king and may even have been one of ‘King Solomon’s Mines’.  However, both the Bible (which is one of few written sources we have) and early archeologist linked the area to the Edomites at the time the site was dated to.  So to me this indicates that despite it being during Solomon’s rule, it was probably not under his direct control.  Edom was basically a vassal state, but I’m guessing that any mines in question would have been the governor of Edom’s, rather than Solomon’s.

However, that’s niether here nor there.  The real question is, how far will fact follow fiction?  In this particualr set of mines (which are probably not the only ones for an entire kingdom), is there any ‘buried treasure’?  or was that all relegated to other mines?  is there romance, or monumental loss, or ideal friendship that is about to unfold in this story of rediscovery?  And what about the Queen of Sheba?

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4 Comments

  1. October 28, 2008 at 10:33 am

    King Sol was paid 666 talents in gold, listed twice in the bible. If he existed at all it is your illusion he is mining and your pocket he is picking. It’s game over at http://www.myspace.com/revelation911

  2. sedgehammer said,

    October 28, 2008 at 11:26 am

    There you have it, people. My pocket has been officially picked.

  3. Alex said,

    October 28, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    I think we all know Sean Connery got all the goodies out before The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was filmed.

  4. sedgehammer said,

    October 28, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Well, as we all know, short men make better heroes anyway. Just look at Patrick Swayze – he rocks as Allan Quartermain OR as James Dalton in Roadhouse. Really, I think he could kick butt in real life.


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