Solomon's throne of ivory, which was covered with gold:
Solomon obtained the ivory by means of a fleet of trading ships
Later Kings of Israel and Judah (see also Israelite Dynasties) also made use of ivory, including Ahab, the husband of Jezebel:
When the Israelites were faithful and obedient to God, "ivory palaces" were among the blessings:
When the Israelites were unfaithful and disobedient to God, ivory became a contemptible sign of their corruption:
"Hear, and testify against the house of Jacob," says the Lord God, the God of hosts, "that on the day I punish Israel for his transgressions, I will punish the altars of Bethel, and the horns of the altar shall be cut off and fall to the ground. I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall come to an end," says The Lord." (Amos 3:13-15 RSV)
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This Day In History, August 28
1413: St. Andrew's University in Scotland was chartered by a papal decree from Gregory XII.
1609: Delaware Bay was explored by Henry Hudson for the Netherlands.
1789: William Herschel discovered Saturn's moon Enceladus.
1883: The British Parliament banned slavery throughout the British Empire.
1914: Three German cruisers are sunk by ships of the Royal Navy in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first major naval battle of the First World War.
1916: Italy declared war against Germany during the First World War. They were allies during the Second World War.
1945: Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-Tung arrived in Chunking to meet with Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek in what turned out to be a fruitless attempt to avert civil war.
1963: Martin Luther King made his "I have a dream speech" in Washington.
1968: Anti-Vietnam War riots broke out in Chicago while the Democratic Party Convention was being held in the city.
1990: The government of Saddam Hussein declared Kuwait to be the 19th province of Iraq, in a move that foreshadowed the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
1996: A British court finalized the divorce of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer.