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June 07, 1968 - Image 42

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-06-07

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42—Friday, June 7, 1968
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Hubler Produces Strong Novel About Solomon

Richard G. Hubler, a former
New Hebrew U. Center
Newsweek editor, who has to his
Established in London
credit more than 20 books, more
LONDON (JTA) — Prof. Moshe than half of them novels, including

one based on the life of Rabbi
Akiba, is the author of a new
novel on the life of King Solomon.
Published by Crown (419 Park St.,
NY16), under the title "Love and
Wisdom,'' Hubler's new work was
based on a• considerable amount of
research and provides a vivid his-
torical account of life in ancient
Judaea both under Solomon and
his father, King David.
By taking note of the important
events that transpired under David,
Hubler offers a complete picture
of the developments in the Judaean
Kingdom in olden times.
"Love and Wisdom" is impres-
sive for its details about the
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murdered, about the love affairs,
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including David's first for Michal
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and later for Bathsheba whose hus-
band Uriah was murdered so that
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David could fully possess his wife
who had become pregnant before
Uriah was killed by Joab on
David's orders.
Hubler's novel is told in the
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cleared. He wanted Uriah, his gen-
eral who was on a military mission
with his troops, back with his
wife so that the child should be
considered the legitimate hus-
band's, but Uriah, on his return,
slept outside David's door because
"he could not visit his wife while
his comrades slept alone in the
field." That's when David ordered
Uriah killed to get him out of his

Way.

When the child from the David-
Bathsheba relationship was born,
its death was ascribed to a sacri-
fice by Bathsheba the Hittite to
Moloch, with David consenting to
it. Later, when the future king was
born, he was named Solomon-
Shelomo—man of peace—but at
first he was to have been called
Jedediah—the beloved of God. Hub-
ler wrote that he was "orginally
christened Jedediah," certainly a
term used in poor judgment and
far ahead of christening in histor-
ical acceptance of the term even
by non-Jews.
Noteworthy in this narrative is
the author's description of Solo-
mon's role as the Builder of the
Temple in Jerusalem. He had
pledged to his father that he would
kill Joab as soon as there was
a plausible excuse for it and that
he would build the Temple. Ile
fulfilled both pledges.
In the charge David gave to his
son there is a warning to be aware
of the wiles of women. The direct
instructions contain vulgar direc-
tions and the author recognized the
vulgarity. David himself com-
mented that what he said was
"vulgar" but he offered it as prag-
matism.
Michal, after David's death, re-
vealed a hatred for him because
she had given him love but was
later abandoned because she was
childless. Bathsheba, too, is quoted
after David's death that she did
not love him but loved Uriah-
and that's where, admittedly, pow-
er ruled over justice.
It is natural for a story about
Solomon to contain anecdotes,
stories about his wisdom and de-
tails about his love affairs—espe-
cially the one about the relation-
ship with the Queen of Sheba.
That's how religiosity represented
in the building of the Temple is
linked with amours in a title
aptly given this novel as "Love
and Wisdom."
It is natural also for a story like
this one to quote from the ascribed
poetic works of both David and
Solomon and there is an interesting
comparison of the two men: "The
difference between Solomon and
his father," Hubler writes at the
very outset, "was that David spent
his days in creating a kingdom
for his people. Solomon occupied
himself with exploiting it and in
other affairs, mostly personal.
There are more contrasts, such as
the warrior spirit and conciliatory
nature of David, compared to the
reluctance in battle and pride of
Solomon—perhaps due to the fact
that he was half Hittite . . ." That's
how the Prophet Nathan begins
his narrative and as Hubler deli-
neates the two historic 'Jewish
figures.
Indeed, Nathan is credited with
telling a story about ancient
Judaea, a great and wise king,
ancient Israel, tragedies, plots,
love-making, the coining of wise
sayings and the passing on to gen-
erations of the wisdom that is
Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Hubler
phrased the story well in Nathan's
name and he has to his credit a
novel full of action, based on
splendid historical research.
There are graphic portrayals in
this of portrayals of the dedica-
tion of the Temple, of its archi-
tectural glories and the impres-
siveness of the religious cere-
monies that were enacted by the
priests under Solomon's direc-
tion.
The Hubler novel makes con-
siderable use of the Song of Songs,
of the Songs of Solomon, and the
wisdom of the son of David be-
comes an important part of the
king's life and his love for poetry.
The kingdom over which David

and Solomon ruled fell apart. The
Solomonic heritage was not a
happy one. Hubler describes that,
too, in his serious effort to pro-
duce as .authentic a biography of
Solomon as could possibly be com-
piled.

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