Messy upbringing; dad was murderer/ adulterer; mom was an adulterer.
Solomon’s dream: power, wealth, fame; wisdom
Gained reputation as wisest person ever
king for 40 years, brought Israel into a reign of peace.
Built the Temple—1 of 7 wonders of the ancient world
Author of 3 books of the Bible; The Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes, most of Proverbs