Author Archive | Dave Parks

Elijah Running to Jezreel

  https://bible.org/seriespage/11-life-and-times-elijah-prophet-elijah-throws-towel-1-kings-1845-1921 The Journey to Jezreel (1 Kings 18:45–19:2) 18:45 Meanwhile the sky was covered with dark clouds, the wind blew, and there was a heavy rainstorm. Ahab rode toward Jezreel. 46 Now the LORD energized Elijah with power; he tucked his robe into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab all the way to […]

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My Dad and the Lone Ranger

My dad sat at the kitchen table with me after supper and listened to the Lone Ranger. We didn’t have TV for a few years after it came in because good Free Methodists didn’t go to movies, and TV looked like a movie. Instead we listened to the radio and made movies with our imaginations.  […]

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Canaanites

“When the LORD your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and stronger than you . . .” —Deuteronomy 7:1 from Wayne Stiles   Canaan was Noah’s grandson through the line of […]

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How Did Obadiah Feed 100 Prophets?

Obadiah hid a hundred prophets in two caves, fifty in each, and supplied them with food and water. – 1 Kings 18:4 What were the logistics of lugging food to 100 people? Would weekly have been often enough? or was daily necessary? How did Obadiah keep the bad guys from following the food trail to the people he was hiding? […]

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Header Codes

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Fake Paintings & Elijah’s Anacronisms

https://www.npr.org/2018/04/29/606919098/french-museum-discovers-more-than-half-its-collection-is-forged Forcada, the art historian who first sounded the alarm, noticed buildings that appear in some of the paintings didn’t actually exist in Terrus’ time. One counterfeit painting portrays a building constructed in 1958. Terrus died in 1922.  

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Language Style

Language Style I looked into several stories written about OT characters. Some use a style of English they imagine was spoken centuries ago. Some sprinkle in Hebrew transliterations. None seems authentic, so until I find a style that does, I’m writing this draft in modern language. Time Period I thought about moving the story to a […]

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Majesty or King?

In April of 2018, a writer near San Francisco taught me the word honorifics. Really. I had to look it up. Then I noticed that I couldn’t find any of my assumed honorifics in the Bible. The closest one seems to be “O King” in Daniel 6:21. Some authorities say we get our idea of […]

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Obadiah’s Cave Fossil Resets Evolution Clock- Notes

 Jawbone fossil found in Israeli cave resets clock for modern human evolution | The Times of Israel Hey! Check this out, David!! This is one of the caves I suggested to you. How awesome is that?!? נשלח מה-iPhone שלי  תחילת ההודעה שהועברה‏:‏ מאת: Anat Harrel <anatharrel@gmail.com> תאריך: 25 בינואר 2018 בשעה 21:14:40 GMT‎+2‎ אל: Anat Harrel <xroadsisrael@gmail.com> נושא: Jawbone […]

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Old Bachelors

Forty Old Bachelors

Our Grandmother Elma Fine Ingram baked mouth-watering cookies and recited fun poems. At our 1972 Ingram reunion, someone asked Grandma if she had a song. She replied that she did not have a song but she did have a recitation. Grandma was as cute as any 12-year-old: “I don’t believe I can stay seated to say […]

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Ahab Married Jezebel

“Ahab not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, but he also married Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him.” 1 Kings 16:31 Ahab wanted a queen whose father was a priest of Asherah. So Ahab went to the country he mistakenly thought […]

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Hiel Rebuilt Jericho

 1 Kings 16:34 In his days, Hiel the Bethelite rebuilt Jericho. He laid its foundations with the loss of Abiram his firstborn, and set up its gates with the loss of his youngest son Segub, in accordance with the word of the Lord, which He spoke through Joshua the son of Nun.  

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Hiel Rebuilt Jericho

In Ahab’s time, Hiel of Bethel rebuilt Jericho. He laid its foundations at the cost of his firstborn son Abiram, and he set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, in accordance with the word of the Lord spoken by Joshua son of Nun. 1 Kings 16:34 1 Kings 16 In Ahab’s time, […]

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Naboth’s Vineyard Found?

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/naboth-vineyard-tel-jezreel/ http://www.breakpoint.org/2017/10/discovering-naboths-vineyard/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naboth From the wiki— Roger Williams, the founder of the American colony of Rhode Island and the co-founder of the First Baptist Church in America, wrote about Naboth’s story in The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution for Cause of Conscience as an example of how God disfavored Christians from using government force in religious […]

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Jabesh

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jabesh-Gilead (also Yavesh Gil’ad) is an ancient town referred to in four books of the Hebrew Bible. Some biblical scholars believe it to have been located east of the Jordan River, in the vicinity of Wadi Yabes.[1] Wadi Yabes on Facebook Jabesh Gilead is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible in the first[2][3] and second[4] [5] books of Samuel, in the book of […]

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Asherah Didn’t Show Up

God’ Punishment for Disobedience – Leviticus 26:1-5 & (Deuteronomy 11:10-17 use these where? (Deuteronomy 28:15-26 (1 Kings 16:25-26) Omri did evil… Jezebel and her 400 prophets of Asherah did not go to Mt. Carmel. — Elijah also instructed Ahab to assemble the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah. I am not […]

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Is Nathan a savant?

He has trouble tying shoes and buttoning his shirt. He learns foreign languages very quickly. In Zarephath he picks up Phoenician and does most of the talking. Does he give Elijah’s me too speech for him? He loves animals but withdraws from people — all except Elijah. “with all these creatures he kept up a […]

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Beginnings are tough

Beginnings are tough for a number of reasons, not least among them the fact that we’re wading blind into unknown territory, trembling with the knowledge that if we fail to be brilliant, readers won’t get past the first chapter. How do we grip readers with can’t-look-away action, while still taking the time to establish character? […]

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Synopsis – 1-2-3

Characters to care about. Protagonist focus. What’s at stake for him.  Conflict for protagonist, what drives it, and how the protagonist succeeds or fails in dealing with that conflict. How that conflict is resolved and how the protagonist’s situation, both internally and externally, has changed. Identify your protagonist, the protagonist’s conflict, and the setting by the end of the first paragraph. Then […]

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Synopsis – Notes toward Draft 1

In Israel, some follow the Lord, and some follow Asherah. While Elijah fears for the safety of his loved ones if he delivers the Lord’s messages, Ahab fears for the safety of his country if he does not honor Asherah. As young boys, they both see how Asherah abuses little girls and burns babies. Elijah […]

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Synopsis – How to from Lara

The following site (https://www.janefriedman.com/how-to-write-a-novel-synopsis/) says, “Don’t make the mistake of thinking the synopsis just details the plot. That will end up reading like a very mechanical account of your story, and won’t offer any depth or texture; it will read like a story without any emotion.” In fiction, emotion is key. Now, in terms of […]

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The Lord of Hair

The Lord of Hair