Riddle Me Wisdom – King Solomon to King Hiram & Vice Versa – Shared Language & Lateral Stimulation

SOLOMON: HIS LIFE AND TIMES.
BY REV. F. W. FARRAR, D.D., F.R,S.
ARCHDEACON AND CANON OF WESTMINSTER; AND CHAPLAIN
IN ORDINARY TO THE QUEEN. 1886?

Various forms of veiled and pregnant speech known as “riddles” and “dark sayings” were also much cultivated in this epoch of literature. Riddles have always played an important part in the story of the East. Josephus preserves a curious tradition that Solomon, and Hiram, king of Tyre, challenged each other to trials of skill in this form of “wisdom”—inability to read the riddle being acknowledged by pecuniary fines.5 At first Hiram was entirely defeated in this intellectual contest, but at last he discovered a Tyrian youth named Abdemon, of great natural gifts, by whose assistance he successfully encountered, and even defeated, his royal ally.
5 Comp. Theophilus in Eusebius, ” Præp. Ev.” ix. 34, § 19.

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