First Kings 11:1-3 indicates that King Solomon had 700 hundred wives and 300 hundred concubines. David would have also enjoyed similar privileges, yet these men, the Bible tells us, exemplify wisdom and virtue. Not surprisingly, some of the "holy" manuscripts were written by, you guessed it, David and Solomon. History tells us they were men of war, lived in shameless luxury, and were "deeply" religious, of course. My question is, how do Jews and Christians view this ethical paradox? To even talk of old Israel as "God's chosen nation" seems absurdely misguided.