posted on Jan, 21 2013 @ 06:51 AM
This is the article on Wikipedia about the "Testament of Solomon":
"The Testament of Solomon is an Old Testament pseudepigraphical work ascribed to King Solomon. The text is only found in Christian sources and is not
in the Jewish Tanakh or other Jewish sources. It describes how Solomon was enabled to build the Temple by commanding demons by means of a magical ring
entrusted to him by the Archangel Michael.
Despite the text's claim to have been a first-hand account of King Solomon's construction of the Temple of Jerusalem, its original publication dates
sometime between the 1st and 5th centuries CE, over a thousand years after King Solomon's death and the temple's completion.
The real author or authors of the text remain unknown. The text was originally written in Greek and contains numerous theological and magical themes
ranging from Christianity and Judaism to Greek mythology and astrology that possibly hint at a Christian writer with a Greek background.
When a demon named Ornias harasses a young lad (who is favored by Solomon) by stealing half his pay and sucking out his vitality through the thumb on
his right hand, Solomon prays in the temple and receives from the archangel Michael a ring with the seal of God (in the shape of a Pentalpha) on it
which will enable him to command the demons (c.f. Seal of Solomon). Solomon lends the ring to the lad who, by throwing the ring at the demon Ornias,
stamps him with the seal and brings him under control. Then Solomon orders the demon Ornias to take the ring and similarly imprint the prince of
demons who is Beelzebul.
With Beelzebul under his command Solomon now has the entire race of demons at his bidding to build the temple. Beelzebul reveals he was formerly the
highest ranking angel in Heaven."
Any clues about the real origin of this text?
Was King Solomon really a "commander of demons"?