Succession Narrativein Second Samuel and First and Second Kings; Temple archives; and various folk-tales, but what the Bible says about the glory of his reign is impossible to confirm from the archaeological record.
Solomon's wisdom is proverbial. Proverbs and Ecclesiastes were ascribed to him, as was Wisdom of Solomon , a book of the Old Testament Apocrypha , and the Song of Solomon bears his name. The Psalms of Solomon (1st cent. BC) and the Odes of Solomon (early 2d cent. AD) are found in the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha . Solomon's original name was Jedidiah.
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