St Satan said 'An archeological book called 'the bible unearthed' by israel finkelstein cuts solomon's empire down to a much smaller size.'
I've just finished this myself - excellent read and highly recommended.
Was there ever even a unified Kingdom under David and Solomon?? Was it King Josiah's ambition and religious reforms that exagerated Israel's history.
Interestingly it was in Josiah's reign that 'the book of the covenant' was miraculously found during temple renovations. (2 Kings 23:2-3). If you wanted to change history and launch a religious reformation how better than by 'finding' a lost holy book!