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Did Elijah blaspheme?

“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 […]

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Short Names

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.

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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 […]

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Now what?

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 […]

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Coins — small, flat, (usually) round pieces of metal used to buy and sell, came into the Middle East a few centuries after Elijah. 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 […]

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Kronos 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 […]

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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  

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Modern language

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 – Psalm 137:1-6

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 […]

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Jair, buried in Kamon

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 […]

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  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    

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Tishbe - Elijah the Tishbite from Tishbe lived in the region of Gilead, home of the two Israeli tribes Gad and Manasseh.

Jabbock River

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 […]

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Jabesh City 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 […]

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kings highway

King’s Highway

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.

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