Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up and taken Gezer and burned it with fire, had killed the Canaanites who dwelt in the city, and had given it as a dowry to his daughter, Solomon’s wife. And Solomon built Gezer, Lower Beth Horon.1 Kings 9:16-17 King Solomon didn’t mess with Canaanites, however, we can see he didn’t have to. He married the pharaoh’s daughter, which was one of his greatest accomplishments that brought him a great fortune, one of which was Gezer which was handed to him by Pharaoh himself as his daughter’s dowry. It’s important to note that Egypt was a superpower in those times, and the pharaoh’s daughter was considered goddess-like in her status. For the pharaoh to give his daughter in marriage to King Solomon only shows how respected and recognized he was for his might and power. Pharaoh knew how important Gezer was to Solomon, the strongest city in Israel that he needed, yet he wouldn’t break covenants that were in place to get it, so Pharaoh made the journey from Egypt to Gezer, conquered it with the sole purpose of offering it as a gift, his daughter’s dowry in her marriage to King Solomon. The first thing King Solomon did was to rebuild the great city of Gezer as a strategic powerful stronghold of his kingdom in the Land. The opportunity to stand right in the middle of the ancient ruins of Gezer, to touch its pillars that stand there to this day, to look around and enjoy the view that King Solomon also enjoyed over 3000 years ago, is an absolute privilege we have today in Israel. One you can also enjoy when you visit Israel, which has finally opened its borders to international tourism after two years! We are looking forward to seeing you return and visit us in Israel soon, to walk around the cities, towns, streets that have seen so much biblical history, and enjoy the Bible coming to life in a unique way.
Pharaoh’s Daughter’s Dowry
Exploring the mysteries of the ancient biblical city of Gezer