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King Solomon’s Mines

A book review of The Ancient Portals of Heaven by David Herzog of Sedona, Arizona.

There are five versions of the movie dealing with King Solomon’s Mines, but the most popular, I believe, is the 1950s portrayal by Stewart Grainger and Deborah Kerr. 

However, King Solomon’s mines’ real story could be closer than you think, in both time and distance. Two people, Dr. Barry Fell and David Herzog, feel that this King’s mining empire could have stretched as far as Lake Superior and Lake Huron.

Dr. Fell was a zoologist and epigrapher, who in his later years was a staff member of the Museum of  Comparative Zoology at Harvard University in his later years. The other is David Herzog, a noted Bible author from Sedona, Arizona.  Until lately, most of Dr. Fell’s works and epigraphical findings have been discouraged by the mainstream. He died in l994.

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However, David Herzog bases his opinion that Professor Roy Drier led two Michigan  Mining and Technology expeditions in 1953 and again in 1956.  The destination was the North Shore of Lake Superior, where they found charcoal at the base of ancient mining pits, carbon-dated to between 2000 and 1000 BC. This is the time period when King David and then King Solomon reigned.

Mining engineers have found that an estimated 500-million pounds of metallic copper were extracted from 5000 mining pits during that time.  The only question is, “where did it go?”

In his later years, King David compiled materials with which King Solomon built, amongst other things, the Temple.

When you consider the massive amounts of copper ore used, it was more than Israel, and the Surrounding Nations could muster. Read through First Kings chapter 7 to see what Huram was in charge of manufacturing, and you will see what I mean.

These two kings, father, and son had an alliance with King Hiram, the ruler of Tyre and Sidon, in Phoenicia.

When King Solomon built a fleet of ships at Ezion-Geber, King Hiram sent servants and seamen to work with the Israelites.   Ezion-Geber, by the way, is at the Northern End of the Red Sea in the Gulf of Aqaba…and in that same city, there is a remnant of a mammoth smelting plant for copper. 

David Herzog believes that the copper mined in the Great Lakes during this time went overseas to Ezion-Geber. 

Werner Keller says in his book, “The Bible as History,” that this smelting plant “built by a principle that celebrated its resurrection in the modern industry a century ago as  the Bessemer system.”  Experts have identified this plant as being within Solomon’s reign.

When we read of the Phoenicians and their exploits…does North America seem so far out of their reach.   The Bible says the Phoenicians traded throughout the Mediterranean. The western shores of  Europe, Africa, and the British Isles, and remains of their footprints have been found in New England in particular.

Could these Phoenicians have had contracts with Ancient Americans to haul ore and other items to a point where they could load their ships and sail off to Ezion-Geber?

King Solomon was King in the golden years of Israel…and “men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon.  (l Kings 4;34.)

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