(Banned From The Bible II - The History Channel (2 of 12))
"The alternative narrative in the Testament of Solomon concerns king Solomons other great feat - the building of the Temple in Jerusalem.
The Temple is built supernaturally, through supernatural agency, Solomon is God's agent, Solomon is not only the archetypal 'Wise Man' but the archetypal 'door' of supernatural deeds.
In the text, Solomon explains that he was given a Ring of Great Power by the archangel Gabriel.
"With it thou shalt lock up all demons of the earth...and with their help thou shalt build up Jerusalem"
- Testament of Solomon
There is also a lot of Tolkienish imagery here "one ring of power, one ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them".
Using this Ring Solomon summons Beelsebub himself in order to enslave a host of demons.
"And I questioned him...And he promised to bring to me in bonds all the unclean spirits"
Testament of Solomon 15
One by one he puts them to work building the foundations of his temple so what is the idea here - that if you can somehow tap into the good side of the force you can use that to subdue the dark side and even to cause the dark side to work for good.
"I think we can see the use of demons as an actual way of saying that the temple was of divine origin. It wasn't a bunch of of stonecutters and bricklayers that built the temple, it was these divine beings that Solomon was able to control and force to spin the hemp and cut the marble and put bricks on top of one another. "
A ring of great power?
Demons involved in the construction of the Temple of Solomon?
I posted this video because after seeing this part of the History Channel's documentary on ancient scriptures I was truly surprised and somehow confused! Not really knowing the better "take" on this, I thought of posting this segment of the documentary so that you could see it too! If there is anyone that have a clue of what all of this presented is about, or know anyhting interesting from other sources, please leave a comment!
Looking forward to read some responses and thoughts!