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by the prophet Ezekiel (40:5-16). Another turned up at Hazor last August. Of special interest are the stables built in the city (page 860). Here Solo mon quartered a portion of his horse-drawn chariots. Judging from the size of the stables, the comple ment might well have been three squadrons of 40 to 50 chariots each. Besides building a powerful and mobile army, Solomon also prof ited handsomely as a mid dleman for horses and chariots. Dr. Albright now interprets I Kings 10:28 29-a puzzling passage in the King James transla tion-to mean: "And the source of Solomon's horses was from Cilicia. The king's traders bought them from Cilicia at the price of 150 silver shekels for each horse. And a chariot was im ported and delivered from Egypt at the price of 600 silver shekels. And in the same way they [the char iots] were delivered through their agency to all the kings of the Hittites and Aramaeans." Archeology has even discovered a successful Solomonic business enter prise that is not men tioned in the Bible. In 1934 Dr. Nelson (Continued on page 859) 854 The Mount of Sodom, a Barren Wasteland, Rises Sharply Above the Dead Sea No one has ever found the destroyed cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, but scholars be lieve they stood in the Vale of Siddim across from these cliffs. Possibly floodwaters of the Dead Sea engulfed them fol lowing an earthquake.