King Solomon is at the height of his power and glory: monarch of mighty kingdom situated at the trading crossroads of the Orient – Solomon has everything he desires. Or has he? For when the Angel of Death presents the king with an apple from the Tree of Life in Eden – saying that whosoever eats thereof will live forever – Solomon is presented with a precarious choice.
Solomon – wisest amongst the rulers of his age – quickly realises the potential – and the perils – of such a gift. As Solomon ponders what to do, he poses to himself the following questions:
- Is living forever in a fallen world a blessing to be envied? Or a curse to be shunned?
- Will living forever on earth be a blessing of greater wisdom and perspective – or a greater suffering as everyone and everything one knows gradually passes out of existence?
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