Temple of Solomon
Timbs, in his Notabilia, p. 192, tells us that the
treasure provided by David for this building exceeded 900 millions
sterling (!). The building was only about 150 feet long and 105 wide.
Taking the whole revenue of the British empire at 100 millions sterling
annually, the sum stated by Timbs would exhaust nine years of the whole
British revenue. The kingdom of David was not larger than Wales, and by
no means populous.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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