“What’s the matter with you, Lord? [Too insulting to the Lord.] Why don’t you bring your finger down here and smush those slavers?” Elijah opened the gate to the donkey pen. Streaks of light shot over the hill east of the vines. The feed trays held small drifts of hay, and the narrow stream through the […]
These stories are fiction, not Bible, not history. Modern historians use full names: George, Thomas, Abraham. Fiction may mix in short names: Georgie, Tom, or Abe. Ancient historians used full names: Elijah, Nathan, Shelemiah. This fiction mixes in Lijah, Nate, and Shel. Yes, short names do make them sound undignified at times. And they’re okay with that.
The grandfather of the local raven family flew into Jabesh and perched high in the city’s tallest tree while his flock hid among the leaves. The smell of fresh bread drifted up. He called and pointed his beak toward an open window. A young bird with a pink mouth swooped in, picked up a pita […]
https://www.myjewishlearning.com/recipe/herring-and-onions/ https://anthrochef.blog/2018/04/03/quick-pickled-fish-and-chopped-salad/ https://www.researchgate.net/publication/241656280_Pickled_fish_from_the_Egyptian_Nile_Osteological_evidence_from_a_Byzantine_Coptic_context_at_Shanhur https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fesikh
What should Elijah do? Up on the ridge, Elijah hid in the bushes with Nathan beside him. In the village below, two men in black tunics came out of the tiny Tishbe bakery munching on fresh bread. Their left shoulders bore the pink insignia of the Kronos idol spitting flames. The Tishbe potter headed toward […]
Do a “City Gate” bunny trail. “Sat in the gate” scriptures. Wiki. Photos of city gates.
Coins — small, flat, (usually) round pieces of metal used to buy and sell, came into the Middle East a few centuries after Elijah. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_money https://www.lds.org/friend/1994/09/from-cows-to-coins-money-in-the-old-testament?lang=eng confirms that there were no coins as early as 870, just chunks or ingots. This one is much more superficial, but with some useful information. Keep in mind that references in […]
http://aregularelijah.com/moloch/ Cleitarchus = Clitarchus = Kleitarchos (ca. 310-300 BC) This writer was one of the popular biographers of Alexander, and wrote ca. 310-300 BC. His words are found in the Scholia to Plato’s Republic, I, 337A (ed. Bekker, vol. 9, p.68): Κλείταρχος δέ φησι τοὺς Φοίνικας, καὶ μάλιστα Καρχηδονίους, τὸν Κρόνον τιμῶντας, ἐπάν τινος μεγάλου κατατυχεῖν σπεύδωσιν, εὔχεσθαι […]
Yom Teruah יְוֹם תְּרוּעָה “day of shouting or blasting.” “In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.” Leviticus 23:24, 25
Various translations of James 5:17 Merriam-Webster Definition of Passion
The male bluethroats have an iridescent blue bib.
Please let me know if words don’t fit the period. I know better than to ask Elijah to discuss helicopters or syringes. But “munchies” and “certifiable” did slip into early drafts. My friend, Ava, says I jolt her with “literary whiplash.” So, I try to avoid words that do not fit the era. Partly to keep from […]
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By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall […]
Years – שנים – pronounced shah-nim by people east of the Jordan River, but sah-nim by those west of the river.
אחימעץ Ah-hee-MAH-ahz A swift runner First to bring David news of the defeat of Absalom But when asked for details, replied, “I saw great confusion … but I don’t know what it was.” 2 Samuel 18:19-33
On their way out of Gilead, at sundown, Elijah and Nathan, stopped in a grove outside Kamon, where the judge, Jair, was buried. “… Jair of Gilead, who led Israel twenty-two years. He had thirty sons, who rode thirty donkeys. They controlled thirty towns in Gilead, which to this day are called Havvoth Jair. When Jair died, he was buried […]
Shibboleth – pronounced shibboleth (שִׁבֹּלֶת) east of the river, but pronounced sibboleth (סִבֹּלֶת) west of the river. Read the story in the book of Judges, Chapters 11-12 It happened in 1097 BC, about 223 years before Elijah first talked with King Ahab, about 874 BC
Here Elijah’s ancestor Jacob met Esau and struggled with the angel. He crossed the Jabbok on his way from Haran into Canaan. The Jabbok flows west into the Sukkot Valley across from Shechem. The biblical cities of Zaretan and Adam lie at the mouth of this valley. This river separated the territory of Reuben and […]
Main Cities Ramon Jabesh Edrei Small Towns Abel, Beth Arbel, Penuel, Ham, Lo Debar, Rephaim, Pehel, Zaphan, Deir Alla, Zarethan, Mahanaim, Betonim, Jazer, Jogbehah, Adam, and Ramath Mizpeh
Balak Bamoth Beor Bilaam Cyprus Euphrates Huzoth Moab Pethor Zippor
References to Elijah appear in Ecclesiasticus, the New Testament, the Mishnah and Talmud, the Quran, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and Bahá’í writings.
https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/all-women-bible/Rizpah https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rizpah Rizpah
http://aregularelijah.com/jabesh-gilead-location/ Jabesh (YAH-besh יבש) was a town on the east bank of the Jordan River, overlooking the Yarmuk River from the top of one of the many green hills of Gilead. People in Jabesh could look across the Jordan River and see the city of Beth-shan on the west bank. Jabesh-Gilead Wiki King Saul in 1 […]
The King’s Highway was a trade route from Egypt across the Sinai Peninsula to Aqaba, north to Damascus and the Euphrates River. The modern highways 35 and 15 follow this route across Jordan from Aqaba to Irbid.
Each puller led a file of 12-18 camels as part of a caravan.
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Hometown revealed! – by Donald Ingram
Some artists paint him as young and some as old.
In the US, the average age is 13.
Fossil from Obadiah’s cave rewrites textbooks. – by Steve Abbott
“Somebody’s been sleeping in my cave.”
A reserved seat.
Mud, poor foundations, and sway – by Donald Ingram, of Ingram Engineering, LLC
I asked Russ and Carolee.
The Gulf of Aqaba – by Donald Ingram, Engineer
Hey, Culligan Man!
by Steve Abbott
He got to Masada before it opened.
The professor is sure.
Elijah at the door
by Donald Ingram, of Ingram Engineering, LLC
by Doug Smith
by Donald Ingram, of Ingram Engineering, LLC
Curlers, wigs, or what?
Looking for Elijah’s village