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Solomon’s Temple was to assume an importance far beyond what its dimensions might suggest, for its site became the site of the Second Temple ( Solomon was renowned as a sage.
When two women each claimed to be the mother of the same baby, he determined the real mother by observing each woman’s reaction to the prospect of dividing the child into two halves; he acknowledged the woman who protested as the mother.
To consolidate his interests in the province, he planted Israelite colonies to look after military, administrative, and commercial matters.
It is also considered possible that Solomon’s treatment of the northern tribes showed favouritism to his own tribe of Rehoboam, ill-advisedly adopted a harsh policy toward the northern tribes, which seceded and formed their own kingdom of Israel.
Although some scholars claim to have discovered artifacts that corroborate the biblical account of his reign in the early 10th century , others claim that the archaeological record strongly suggests that the fortified cities and even the Temple of Jerusalem actually emerged more than a century later.
In the latter view, the kingdom of Solomon was far from the vast empire that the biblical narrative describes.
The Bible says that Solomon consolidated his position by liquidating his opponents ruthlessly as soon as he acceded to the throne.
Once rid of his foes, he established his friends in the key posts of the military, governmental, and religious institutions.
This left the descendants of Solomon with the southern kingdom of Judah.