Archive | Elijah Fun – Rough Drafts

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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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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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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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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Baal prophets – who?

Dear Dave, The pagans were polytheists, so that they worshiped more than one god.  Thus it is not surprising to find Jezebel supporting those who worshiped /  served a multiplicity of gods.  I looked up Asherah in a Bible Dictionary, which gives a good deal more information that may prove helpful.  I hope this helps. […]

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Kuang Hong Yi is here!

Congratulations to Michael 邝灿强 and Tan CuiJiao 谭翠娇 near Guangzhou. Their son Kuang Hong Yi 邝泓毅 arrived January 31, 2012. Michael was our student in Chongqing and is back home doing a bang-up job teaching English to many eager young students. Here is Hong Yi at eight months, all 7.5 kilograms of him. Isn’t he just the most […]

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Emet in Shenzhen

My newly arrived great grandson’s mom, Tessie, has been calling me 爷爷 [grandpa] for a few years. When she graduated from CTBU, Tessie went off to the boom town of Shenzhen and married a wonderful guy named Paul. They’re running a most intriguing business called Yage Star and producing this fun little boy whom I […]

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passions

Ἠλίας ἄνθρωπος ἦν ὁμοιοπαθὴς ἡμῖν ὁμοιο – same παθὴς – passions, feelings, nature Pathetic, empathy, sympathy, apathy, pathos To think of Elijah as “a man subject to like passions as we are,” opens a can of … “Maria Kukucova went to prison for her crime of passion.” “Amelia Earhart was passionate about stamp collecting.” “Teddy Roosevelt […]

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Locating Tishbe & Brook

Elijah’s Hiding Spot Jabesh Milcah’s Valley Ridge – Ridge – Ridge Brook Cherith Tishbe Zadok’s Valley Jabesh lies just east of the Jordan River but still west of Mahanaim Milcah’s Valley is east of Jabesh. A ridge runs east-west and lies south of Jabesh and Milcah’s Valley. Tishbe is south of Jabesh Zadok’s Valley is […]

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Wineskins and Donkeys

 (rough draft) [1] Ten donkeys – Numbers 22 Balaam, Balak, Beor, Pethor, Moab, Ammon, Huzoth, Bamoth, Zippor, and Euphrates – Each skin held 30 to 40 liters Max per donkey = 150 lbs 30 liters weighs 66 lb. 40 liters weighs 88 lb. So two skins would weigh from 132 – 198 lb. http://www.botasdevinojb.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=21&lang=en

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Way of the Patriarchs

Did Elijah take this route instead of the Jordan Valley? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way_of_the_Patriarchs Maybe he took the Jordan Valley route because he had seen it so many times as a child selling wine to caravaners. Maybe he fled east through the Jezreel Valley as an easy way to run. Then when he hit the Jordan River that […]

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Target Audience

It is coming into focus. When I started, people asked who it was for, and I said, for me. If somebody else wants to read it, fine. Lately I’m surprised to hear people assume I’m writing for children. Not so, but hearing it makes me realize my original target is still pretty much it — […]

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Preconceptions

—  Getting a variety of critiques shows me how the story goes contrary to a variety of ideas (Elijah was old, gruff, celibate, had a quavering voice, called God “Yahweh.”) One by one, I have a chance to head these preconceptions off at the pass and (I hope) keep the reader.

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Beta Readers

Thank you for commenting on a chapter! Ann Videtich Cheryl Floyd Danette Bailey Darci Frostick DeWayne Coxon Donald Ingram Doug Smith Erin E. McEndree Gary Endermann Janine Rosche Jennifer Hallmark Joy VanDeMar Judy Harmon Lara Hitchcock Lexie Coxon Loana Ingram Miguel Serveto Nancy Hoorn Nancy Regatz Paul Parker Pauline Stitt Ralph Tilley Randy Harmon Robbie Coxon Shawn Kennedy […]

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due to the dew

Drought Drying up the vines? No dew. How does that effect which crops? Prof. Alpert says. And it’s all due to the dew. “In the early morning, dew surrounds the leaves of a plant with moisture, and the plant does not close its stomata. Therefore, it can grow.” Prof. Alpert’s finding are reported in two […]

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Hebrew vs. Gregorian Calendar

Hebrew English Number Length Civil Equivalent Nissan 1 30 days March-April Iyar 2 29 days April-May Sivan 3 30 days May-June Tammuz 4 29 days June-July Av 5 30 days July-August Elul 6 29 days August-September Tishri 7 30 days September-October Cheshvan 8 29 or 30 days October-November Kislev 9 30 or 29 days November-December […]

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Zarephath metalworking

Zarephath metalworking Add to this! (Why I made the widow’s dead husband a metalworker) Zarephath (צרפת ṣārĕfáṯ, tsarfát; Σάρεπτα, Sárepta) in Hebrew became the eponym for any smelter or forge, or metalworking shop. In the 1st century CE, the Roman Sarepta, a port about a kilometer to the south[4]is mentioned by Josephus, in Jewish Antiquities (Book VIII, xiii:2) and by Pliny, in Natural History (Book V, 17).

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Water for Sheep in Dry Pasture

  Pasture composition – The diet of stock has a large influence on their water requirement. Good green pasture can supply all an animal’s water needs. Sheep under these conditions may not need to drink for many weeks. Good pasture allows stock to use water which would normally be unsuitable at higher levels of consumption. […]

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The Rabbi Was Always Right

They followed the road from Arad down to the edge of the Dead Sea where Masada stands today and turned north. The same caravan route that brought them south to the desert now took them north toward the Galilee. This time, though, instead of hiding in the swamp, sometimes they chatted with the men who […]

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Strategic Value of Jezreel

King Ahab might have hammered on his gate and lock point longer if he could have seen how future military strategy would focus on Jezreel. 841 BC – The first target of Jehu’s coup was Jezreel City. 350 AD – The Romans fortified Jezreel City to protect their Via Maris trade route along the Israel […]

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Running to Jezreel

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 […]

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Mezuzah

Mezuzah Wiki Deuteronomy 6:9 and 11: 20 And thou shalt write them upon the door-posts of thy house, and upon thy gates; The-Contents-of-the-Mezuzah Fact check. Did Hebrews in Elijah’s day really use them? And I ran onto this about Philo. https://toldotyisrael.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/probing-the-earliest-origins-of-tefillin-phylacteries-part-i/  

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Jehovah, Yahweh, or The Lord?

I wrote Elijah and his family and friends talking about “the Lord,” because the term feels natural to me. When I was a child in the Free Methodist Church in Spring Arbor, Michigan, I sometimes heard adults refer to “Jehovah,” as in the Tyndale Bible and the King James Bible. But usually they said, “the […]

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A Bible Story for Children

https://theblazingcenter.com/2015/07/c-s-lewis-on-childrens-stories-for-adults.html On Writing for Children C.S. Lewis “We must meet children as equals in that area of our nature where we are equals. Our superiority consists partly of in commanding other areas, and partly (which is more relevant) in the fact that we are better at telling stories than they are. The child as reader […]

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Hilkiah the Levite

Did Hilkiah really live in Hebron? 2 Kings 22-23; 2 Chronicles 34; 35:8 http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/7696-hilkiah http://creationwiki.org/Hilkiah https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilkiah http://www.christianlibrary.org/authors/John_L_Kachelman_Jr/people-ot/hilkiah.htm    

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Beelzebub vs. Tea Leaves

“The spot,” Zadok answered. “Their priest looks at a cloud of flies and pretends the shapes in the swarm tell him your future. But Elisheva can tell us — who does something like this with tea leaves?” “The Chinese. They study the shapes made by the leaves[1] in the bottom of their tea cup. They […]

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Prophecy for Unbelievers

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/09/reading-the-bible-through-neuroscience/539871/ Reading the Bible Through Neuroscience What was it like inside the brain of an ancient prophet? Sigal Samuel4:50 AM ET James Kugel has been spent his entire scholarly career studying the Bible, but some very basic questions about it still obsess him. What was it about the minds of ancient Israelites that allowed them […]

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Asherah

https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/asherahasherim-bible   There is also this poorly written stereotypical thing: From THE EVOLUTION OF THE GOD ILLUSION By Jim K K Wong https://books.google.com/books?id=XWtRAAAAQBAJ&pg=PT194&lpg=PT194&dq=asherah+income&source=bl&ots=QPNthDuS4i&sig=2zG1iqZ2l5ZAYYOrjTc2nSLFDzo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjdtsqRn6vYAhUBQiYKHTUqAiwQ6AEIDDAB#v=onepage&q=asherah%20income&f=false

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Master story-tellers in the pulpit

A Dream among Kings The freedom to imagine apocryphal twists on familiar Bible stories comes from my upbringing in the 1940s and 1950s in Spring Arbor, Michigan, a Free Methodist village. Preachers and teachers walked me around in the shoes of Moses and John the Baptist, Esther and Isaiah. They showed me how to imagine feelings and wrinkles […]

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Persuading the Devil

Reacting to Kill the Devil? Sure, if I kill my enemy, he is gone.  But have I won?  Did I win him over? Since I believe I will continue living in the spirit when my earthly body can no longer live, and since I believe my enemy also continues to live in the spirit, albeit […]

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Married or Single?

July 16, 2017, in the lobby of Genesis Church, and on Facebook, I asked … “Do you think of Elijah as married or single?” 1- Don’t know 10 – Single 1 – I only think of Elijah as in a chariot of fire. 1 – The widow of Zarephath was his common law wife. 1 […]

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Roger Guo – parked here

David Your story book “Elijah-one of the ordinary people just like us” this is awesome! There are many stories in the Bible I have not read. You have done your best to make it easy to understand and easy to remember the historical events of the Kingdom of Israel. I know you spent a lot […]

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Whisker power

Both my grandfathers were pastors and then superintendents in the FM church, and when I first read “there were giants in the land in those days,” I thought of my two grandfathers, who occupied gigantic space in my young mind. These men were both very conservative in their views. 1. Whisker power After Grandmother died, […]

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Hole in the daylight 

My grandfather Ingram played shinny (field hockey with a tin can and sticks, named after the part of our anatomy it punished) with us and took us fishing and told us stories his father had told him about the 1849 wagon train to the gold fields in California. My picture of him is energy, positive, […]

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Start a new topic

I approve posts by new authors usually within 12 hours. [user-submitted-posts] Keeping it fun 1) No shouting Keep the caps lock off. It might make you feel better, but it makes some of us go away. 2) No brow beating Even if I talk like a blithering idiot, it does not help my hearing for you to […]

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Elijah’s railroad

“They squeeze the Valley right down to this spot you and I are standing on. So any army that wants to reach the Jordan has to pass right through here. Jezreel Valley is the highway, Jezreel City is the gate, and Fort Jezreel is the lock.”[1] [1] Appendix, “Strategic History of Jezreel.”   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jezreel_Valley_railway http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/infrastructure/single-view/view/jezreel-valley-railway-inaugurated.html […]

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Caravanserays

This photo of the clock tower of the Khan al-Umdan is by Yaniv Ben-Arie – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link Caravanserais in Israel Ami’ad Avdat Khan al-Tujjar (Mount Tabor) Khan al-Umdan Khan al-Tujjar (Nablus) Khan Yunis Sha’ar HaGai Caravanserai lul Lubban ash-Sharqiya Solomon’s Pools Lajjun Khan Al-Ahmar Arab Suqrir

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Masada – really?

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/15cad80e1a080f7b Same goes for Masada. I really enjoyed reading an article that pointed out how the only way we have any idea of what happened on top of that meas is a story written by Josephus. On the mesa itself is no evidence — none — of any Jewish colony or any siege or any […]

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What Elijah missed at Masada

By arriving at Masada 800 years too early, Elijah missed huge building projects. 1 Kings 19:3 “Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there,…” to Beersheba “Let’s take the Jericho road up, ‘Lijah. I want to see Jerusalem.” “Not this trip, Ira. Our […]

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Died how?

2 Chronicles 21:12 – Letter from Elijah: King Jeroham, The Lord, the God of your father David, says, “You have gone far out of the path travelled by King Jehoshaphat and King Asa. You have put your feet in the footsteps of the kings of Israel. Just like your father-in-law, Ahab, made whoremongers of the […]

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The Lord of Hair

The Lord of Hair