The Facts (Chapter number: Verse)
1 Kings 6 - No mention of any women.
7:8- Solomon made a house much like the hall he made himself for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had taken in marriage.
7:14 - Solomon hired Hiram, a bronzeworker, who was the son of a widow of the tribe of Naphtali and whose father had been an artisan in bronze.
I honestly thought we were behind the boring architecture stuff. Didn't we suffer enough when the Bible explained EVERY SINGLE DETAIL of the tabernacle in Exodus which included how they made the lamp stands, the table for holding the bread of presence, at least two altars, the priestly vestments and the ark of the covenant. Some of the most boring stuff I've ever read. These bits about Solomon's palace and temple are no more interesting. And these sections still leave me with the question why was this even left in the Bible? If I was God (or even some dude pretending to be God) the specific details of building construction would not be on the top of my "Things To Include In My Most Holy Book" list.
And just a quick note: I love how wives are basically always "taken" by their husbands. Simple word choices can tell you a lot about how women are viewed, and in this case "taken" treats them more like property and not like active participants in their own marriages/lives. Really quite revealing and sad.
Wednesday: 1 Kings 8-9