The judgment of King Solomon is a story known to many. It is recorded in the Holy Scriptures and some oriental books. Its wisdom generally appeals to people across faith, race, culture and background. It has long been accepted as a paradigmatic account of justice and of wisdom.
The narrative thread is simple. Two women described as prostitutes come before the king, the first woman saying:
“this woman and I live in one house, and I gave birth while was in the house. On the third day after I gave birth, this woman also gave birth. We were together, just two of us, there was no one else with us in the house. During the night this woman’s son died, because she lay on him. So, she got up I the middle of the night and took my son from my side while your slave girl was asleep and laid him in her arms, and she laid her dead son in my arms. When I got up in the morning to nurse my son, I saw that he was dead. So, I examined him closely in the morning and saw that it was not my son whom I had given birth to.”