Study Guide

1 Chronicles Allusions

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Literary and Philosophical References:

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
Dante runs into Solomon up in Heaven. Guess he turned out to be a pretty decent king after all.

God Knows by Joseph Heller
In this 1984 novel, David retells his own story.

One Thousand and One Nights
One of the stories in this collection involves a fisherman who finds a bottle in the sea with the seal of Solomon on it. When he opens it, he finds a genie who was put in there because he made King Solomon angry.

The Physicists by Friedrich Durrenmatt
This 1962 play features a mentally ill patient who believes that King Solomon himself visits him every night. That's some conversation we'd like to eavesdrop on.

The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson
Based on the super brief prayer in 1 Chronicles 4:10—"Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, 'Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from hurt and harm!'" The author believed that if people recited this verse daily, blessings would follow. Hey, it worked for Jabez. Not everyone was amused. The book was criticized for its focus on gaining material blessings.

King Solomon's Ring by Karl Lorenz
This famous ethologist wrote about his research into animal behavior in this popular book that took its name from the Seal of Solomon, which was supposed to have given Solomon the ability to talk the language of animals.

King Solomon's Mines by Sir H.R. Haggard
This novel is an adventure about a group of treasure hunters looking for the legendary mines that provided Solomon with all his bling. People are still looking for those mines. 

Pop Culture References

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
The Ark of the Covenant makes an appearance at the end of this movie when the Nazis try to open it. Seriously guys, God was not kidding when he said keep your hands off.

"Xena, Warrior Princess"
Xena runs into a young lad named David just as he's about to fight a Philistine named Goliath. Good luck, kid!

"Davey and Goliath"
The main characters in this TV show are named for King David and his most famous foe. Except they're best friends who learn all kinds of Bible lessons. Way to change it up, guys.

"Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic"
Solomon makes an appearance in this magna series as a king who was betrayed (and went on to create the entire world that the series is set in). So meta.

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