First English edition of the Nuremberg chronicle: being the Liber chronicarum of Dr. Hartmann Schedel…

The Fourth Age of the World has its inception with the advent of David, and ends with the Babylonian captivity, a period of 484 years, according to the Hebrew teachers, and of 485 years according to the seventy interpreters. David was the first king out of the tribe of Judah over which he reigned at Hebron for 47 years; but over all Israel he ruled for 33 years. This Fourth Age begins with David, not as king of Israel, but as the first king of the tribe of Judah. To him was made the express prophecy that Christ would be born of the tribe of Judah. His deeds and history appear throughout the entire second Book of Kings, &c.[2 Kings according to the Vulgate; 2 Samuel according to the Authorized Versio.] When David learned of Saul's death, he and his relatives mourned him; and he fasted and wrote a song of lamentation in which he acknowledged Saul as the first king of Israel and as his lord.[]

David, a prince among prophets, son of Jesse of the tribe of Judah, first king of the Hebrews, began his reign over them 941 years after the death of Abraham; and altogether at Hebron and Jerusalem he reigned 40 years. He was dauntless, of a beautiful countenance and rosy complexion, of great strength, and of still greater intellect. Before the beginning of the kingdom he slew the strongest man, the giant of the Philistines, with a slingshot. In behalf of his subjugated people, he accepted leadership, and was always the first in places of danger and risk. When he assumed the reins of government, he first besieged Jerusalem, and thereafter drove out the captured Canaanites and Jebusites. And he dispersed all the Palestinians and other enemies. Finally, full of days and good deeds, he went to rest in the Lord at the age of 70 years and was buried properly at Jerusalem by his son Solomon.

Solomon (in the Year of the World 4165)[The parenthesis "(in the Year of the World 4165)" is not in the German edition of the .], a son of David by Bathsheba,[Bathsheba was the daughter of Eliam. She became the wife of Uriah, an officer in David's army. Her beauty ensnared David, for he not only committed adultery with her, but treacherously procured the death of her husband. The child of this intercourse died. When the days of mourning were over, David married her, and she afterward bore him three sons besides Solomon. When Adonijah attempted to seize the throne, Bathsheba told the king at the instigation of Nathan. It was to her as queen mother that Adonijah went with the request for the hand of Abishag. (II Samuel 11; I Kings 2:13-22).] the second king of the Hebrews, began his reign while his father still lived, and he ruled 40 years. Soon after he was born, his father gave him to Nathan the prophet, a very learned and holy man, to bring up and educate. When Solomon became a young man, his father, because of his good conduct and obedience, and in accordance with the command of the Lord, preferred him in the kingdom to his rejected brothers. Solomon fought the enemy and secured peace. Afterwards he built the most celebrated temple in the world, and in good fortune he excelled all other kings. He died at the age of 94 years, and was buried at Jerusalem.

When Queen Sheba (Saba) heard of the fame of Solomon she came from other parts of the world to hear his wisdom. And he satisfied her on all the questions that she asked. After she saw the order of his house, and his people, she praised him greatly; and they gave one another great presents. Solomon erected a throne of ivory which was approached by six steps; for all the people craved to look upon Solomon's countenance. Sheba was a prophetess, and was therefore called a sibyl. For she prophesied from the wood of the holy cross, and of the destruction of the Jews. She held the one true God in high esteem.[Sheba was a wealthy region in Arabia bordering on the Red Sea. The Queen of Sheba visited Solomon, coming to Jerusalem "with a very great train, with camels that bear spices, and very much gold and precious stones." (I Kings 10:1-13; II Chr. 9:1-12) Many ancient writers noted the abundance of spices in the Yemen, or Sabaean country. Herodotus says that the whole country exhaled an odor of marvelous sweetness, and Diodorus relates that the perfume extended far out to the sea. They used gold and silver lavishly in their furniture and utensils, and even on the doors and roofs of their houses. Precious stones also abounded there.]