I certainly understand your argument that Solomon and other Biblical figures are fictional. I concluded that Solomon was a composite character based on the lives of Amenhotep II and Amenhotep III. I suppose it would be interesting (and very revealing) to know whether either of these pharaohs were actually called by the name of Solomon during their lifetimes, either by Hebrew speakers in Israel or in Egypt. Of course, even if they were, then we still wouldn't know the full extent of the liberties taken in composing the Biblical accounts, and therefore how historical we should consider them by today's standard.
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