Imagine: If you were esteemed the richest and wisest man in the world and had to choose between apples, figs, grapes or pomegranates, which fruit would you pick?
Though the temple of King Solomon no longer exists, there are very accurate and detailed descriptions of its structure and construction recorded in the Bible. It it said that the upper part of the pillars of the temple there were carved images of pomegranates. Solomon employed craftsmen from Tyre, an ancient seaport city of Phoenicia, and this particular fruit is a recurring Phoenician motif, which often appeared in the arts of Israel during his reign.
What a blessing it would have been to be invited to a banquet or feast given by this notable King of Israel? Do you think the table spread included a bounty of pomegranates along with other exotic fruits and delectable kosher delights! Imagine.