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Book of the Acts of Solomon
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A lost noncanonical book mentioned in 1 Kgs 11:41, which is said to contain “the rest of the acts of Solomon.” The Book of the Acts of Solomon may borrow details from state documents that were kept by an official recorder. The fact that the “rest” of the acts are found in this book may indicate that 1 Kings 1–11 contain the initial portion of Solomon’s acts.The “acts of Solomon” are also mentioned in 2 Chronicles, where they are said to be “written in the chronicles of Nathan the prophet” and elsewhere (2 Chr 9:29).Other lost books mentioned in the Old Testament include the Book of the Wars of the Lord and the Book of Jashar. First—Second Kings also mentions the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings as a source (1 Kgs 14:19–29; 15:23–31; 16:5–27; 22:39–45). It is possible that the various “books,” including the Acts of Solomon, are descriptors more than titles and all refer to the same source (see also the “Book of the Chronicles/Annals” in Neh 12:23).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Acts of Solomon, Book of the
Acts of Solomon, Book of the (סֵפֶר דִּבְרֵי שֵׁלֹמְֹה‎, sepher divrey shelomoh). A lost noncanonical book mentioned in 1 Kgs 11:41, which is said to contain “the rest of the acts of Solomon.” The Book of the Acts of Solomon may borrow details from state documents that were kept by an official recorder.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Acts of Solomon, Book of the (Writing)
Acts of Solomon, Book of the [Heb. sēp̱er diḇrê šelōmōh (1 K. 11:41); NEB ANNALS OF SOLOMON. Probably a history based on the state documents kept by the official recorder. See 14:19, 29; 15:23, 31; 16:5, 14. 20, 27; 22:39, 45; etc.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Solomon, Book of the Acts of (Writing)
Solomon, Book of the Acts ofA book referred to at 1 Kgs. 11:41, thought to be a major source for 3:1–11:40. What was included in this book and what was derived from other sources cannot be determined with certainty, but the reference to both deeds and wisdom suggests a variety of materials.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Solomon, Book of the Acts of (Writing)
Solomon, Book of the Acts of (Heb. sēp̱er diḇrê šelōmōh).† A book referred to at 1 Kgs. 11:41, thought to be a major source for 3:1–11:40. What was included in this book and what was derived from other sources cannot be determined with certainty, but the reference to both deeds and wisdom (11:41)
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ACTS OF SOLOMON
ACTS OF SOLOMON“The book of the acts of Solomon” (1 Kings 11:41), probably a history based on the state documents kept by the official recorder. See 1 Kings 14:19, 29; 15:23, 31; 16:5, 14, 20, 27; 22:39, 45, etc.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Acts of Solomon
Acts of Solomon. This book, referred to in 1 Ki. 11:41 (with the same formula used to describe the “annals of the kings of Judah/Israel” in 14:19, 29 and elsewhere), may be a history of Solomon’s reign based on official state documents.A. K. Helmbold
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Acts of Solomon
ACTS OF SOLOMON: “The book of the acts of Solomon” (1 K 11:41), probably a history based on the state documents kept by the official recorder. See 14:19, 29; 15:23, 31; 16:5, 14, 20, 27; 22:39, 45, etc.