Sons in the Bible: Sons of Solomon

King Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba and the grandson of Jesse.

While Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines we do not know a lot about his children.

Here’s what we do know:

Rehoboam—means he enlarges the people; was Solomon’s successor and the son of his wife, Naamah the Ammonite. During his reign the Kingdom of Israel was split in two {as the Lord promised Solomon} and he reigned over the Kingdom of Judah. He reigned for seventeen years, retaining Jerusalem as Judah’s capital. He had 18 wives and 60 concubines, which resulted in 28 sons and 60 daughters. He was buried with his ancestors in Jerusalem and succeeded by his son Abijah.

The Kingdom of Israel was split when Rehoboam became king


Taphath– the son of Abinadab, in all the region of Dor; he had Taphath the daughter of Solomon to wife {1 Kings 4:11}; means distillation or drop

BasemathAhinadab the son of Iddo, in Mahanaim; Ahimaaz, in Naphtali; he also took Basemath the daughter of Solomon to wife {1 Kings 4:14}; means sweet smelling or sweet smile

Solomon had many wives and worshiped foreign idols

While King Saul and King David’s descendants are well documented, King Solomon’s were not.  This is very unusual giving the detailed genealogies in the Bible.  We do know he had other children.  Maybe one reason they are not mentioned is becauseKing Solomon loved many women who were not from Israel… The Lord had told the Israelite’s, “You must not marry people of other nations. If you do, they will cause you to follow their gods.” But Solomon fell in love with these women.  He had seven hundred wives who were from royal families and three hundred slave women who gave birth to his children. His wives caused him to turn away from God.”  {1 Kings 11}

We can be sure Solomon had many more children and descendants than we are told of in scripture.

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