Kitchen (1996: 72-76) through his method of "dead-reckoning" back from a claimed fixed point in 716 BCE, despite the significant incongruities in the two kings' itineraries and the absence of any mention of Jerusalem and of all but one of Rehoboam
's fifteen fortified Judean towns, Aijalon (2 Chron.
King Solomon had just died and his son, Rehoboam
, had succeeded him when the people from the 12 tribes of Israel sent a delegation to him, asking him to lessen repression.The young king sought the counsel of elders, who told him that good governance would secure loyalty.
After the death of Solomon, Jeroboam was summoned by his countrymen to return and act as their spokesman at a confrontation with Rehoboam
which took place in Shechem (12: 3).
As a result, God said to him that he would be punished by having the kingdom split after his son, Rehoboam
, took over.
Throughout the Prophets and Writings we encounter Gideon (who had "many wives" (67)), King Saul (who had multiple wives, although no exact number is given (68)), King David (who had seven wives before he reigned in Jerusalem, (69) and then took additional wives and concubines when he left Hebron (70)), King Solomon (seven hundred royal wives and three hundred concubines (71)), King Mennasseh (at least one concubine (72)), Shaharaim (three wives, unclear how many concurrent (73)), King Rehoboam
of Judah (eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and who sired twenty eight sons for whom he sought many wives (74)), Abia (fourteen wives and an unknown number of concubines (75)), and King Jehoash (two wives (76)).
wine bottle holds the equivalent of how many ordinary bottles?
The crisis created by this abuse is intensified by his son Rehoboam
who compounds the economic and social problems by more of the same.
Within two centuries, however, the northern tribes repudiated David's grandson Rehoboam
, crying, "What portion have we in David?
The prohibitions on what a king may do fit well with what Solomon and his tyrannical son Rehoboam
TABLE 18.1 Standard Bottle Sizes Number of Standard-Sized Name for Name for Sparkling Bottles Volume Bordeaux-Shaped Wine Bottle Bottle 1/2 375 ml Half bottle or "tenth" Same 1 750 ml Bottle or "fifth" Same 2 1.5 L Magnum Same 4 3 L Double magnum Jeroboam 6 4.5 L Jeroboam Rehoboam
8 6 L Imperiale Methuselah 12 9 L Usually used for Salmanazar sparkling wine 16 12 L Usually used for Balthazar sparkling wine 20 15 L Usually used for Nebuchadnezzar sparkling wine FIGURE 18.2 House Wines by the Glass Whites Columbia Crest Chardonnay $5.50 Campanile Pinot Grigio $5.00 Hugel Riesling $5.75 Reds Castle Rock Cabernet Sauvignon$5.50 Mark West Pinot Noir $5.75 Cline Zinfandel $5.75 Reserve Wines by the Glass Whites Brancott Sauvignon Blanc $7.00 St.
The first was Rehoboam
, the son and heir of the great King Solomon, who told his people: "my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions".
King Solomon was married to 1,000 women, King Rehoboam
had 78 wives, and King David had "only" 18.