St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi was prefigured in the Old Testament by King Solomon, and certain events surrounding him. These stories come from the Books of 2 Paralipomenon (2 Chronicles) and 3 Kings. For a video that gives the Scriptural and historical references, see the below video at the bottom of this page. Directly below, select the corresponding numbered tabs for a summary of the parallels.

Old Testament

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New Testament

Great Wealth and Wisdom

The Lord came to King Solomon at night, and asked what He could give King Solomon. Solomon asked for wisdom, and because of this, the Lord gave him unsurpassing wisdom along with abundant wealth.

The Great Builder

With all the wealth and power that King Solomon was granted, he used it to build the first Temple in Jerusalem. He built an extravagant and magnificent Temple that gave glory to the Lord.

Extending the Kingdom

After building the Temple in Jerusalem, King Solomon turned his attention to extending the Kingdom of Israel outwards and fortifying its position and influence. He built outpost cities all over the provinces of his Kingdom.

Greatly Renowned

The word of King Solomon’s deeds and his wisdom spread far abroad. Visitors came from afar to hear Solomon’s wisdom and profit from it. The Queen of Sheba was a notable visitor from far off.

Building a Dwelling for the Women

King Solomon’s most notable wife was the daughter of Pharaoh. He brought her to Jerusalem until he was finished building her palace. When her palace was completed, she moved from Jerusalem to live in her new home.

The Women’s Influence

King Solomon had many wives from foreign lands. Their influence over Solomon led him to worship the false gods of his wives. King Solomon was lead astray by his many wives.

Divided in Two

Upon the death of King Solomon, his Kingdom was divided in two.

Greatest in History

In all of the history of Israel, there was no one who compared to King Solomon in terms of his vast wealth, wisdom and influence. In many regards, he was Israel’s greatest King.

Great Wealth and Wisdom

St. Francis renounced all temporal wealth and power, and made himself the poorest of the poor… for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. In turn, God granted St. Francis unsurpassing spiritual wealth.

The Great Builder

St. Francis was asked by God to rebuild the Church, which had fallen into dis-repair. At first, St. Francis thought that God wanted him to physically rebuild San Damiano, which St. Francis did with his bare hands, and with materials he begged from town. However, St. Francis really was asked to spiritually rebuild the Catholic Church, which he did with his abundant spiritual wealth and wisdom.

Extending the Kingdom

The Franciscan order spread extremely fast, and the Franciscans set up houses in almost all the major cities of Christian Europe. St. Francis also took his message into Morocco, Syria and Egypt…. trying to extend the influence of the Kingdom of God on Earth… the Catholic Church.

Greatly Renowned

The word of St. Francis’s deeds and his wisdom spread far abroad. His order was spreading across Europe. Many were so impressed with the Franciscan’s preaching and example that they traveled to see St. Francis in person, to hear him preach and learn from his example.

Building a Dwelling for the Women

St. Francis’ most notable protégé was St. Clare, the daughter of a nobleman in Assisi. He brought her first to a Benedictine convent nearby until he finished building a house for her at San Damiano (the Church he built with his own hands). When the convent at San Damiano was completed, St. Clare moved from the Benedictine convent to her new home.

The Women’s Influence

St. Francis built the convent for St. Clare and her nuns… who were all under the direction of St. Francis. The Poor Clares were cloistered and didn’t go out and preach like St. Francis and the Fransicans. The prayers of the cloistered Poor Clare nuns strengthened St. Fransis and the Fransicans, and kept them from going astray.

Divided in Two

Upon the death of St. Francis, his magnificent Franciscan order was also divided in two.

Greatest in History

n all of the history of the Catholic Church, there is no one who compares to St. Francis in terms of his popularity, his example and accomplishments. It has been said by many that St. Francis is among the greatest saints in the history of the Church… if not the greatest.


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