I searched for songbirds in Israel and found this delightful blog. So I emailed, “Can you please tell me what bird songs might have been heard near Jabesh of Gilead in the time of Elijah?” 20 minutes later: Hello Dave, It’s quite hard to be sure of the local avian population, especially without giving a […]
Assuming Jezebel from Sidon influenced Ahab’s worship of Baal, Ahab’s method could have followed this 4th Century BC description of Sidonian child sacrifice. There stands in their midst a bronze statue of Kronos, its hands extended over a bronze brazier, the flames of which engulf the child. When the flames fall upon the body, the […]
Judges 7:1 …Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod…. Have you seen the Well of Harod? Please tell us about it. East of Fort Jezreel, Nathan waited for Elijah to go home by way of the Well of Harod. The Well of Harod How does Harod […]
David’s greatest moment?
The premise here is that Elijah was an ordinary person who the spoke ordinary language of the day, both formal and informal. The language of the day Because Elijah and his peers did not speak the English of Beatrix Potter (1910), Jane Austen (1811 AD), or King James (1611 AD) we switched on the flux capacitor and sent […]
In 871 BC, the closest thing to a modern shirt was the tunic or כֻּתֹּנֶת keh-TOH-net. Most hung from neck to ankles and tied at the throat. Notice the ties, not buttons? Thanks to author John “Jack” M. Cunningham, Jr., who alerted me that buttons were first used as fasteners in the 13th Century. These drawings below […]
The skin of a mature goat holds 30 to 40 liters. A liter of wine weighs 1 kilogram, about 2.2 lbs. So Elijah and Nathan lifted wineskins which weighed 30-40 kilos, or 66-88 lbs. The normal donkey load of two full goatskins weighed 60-80 kilos, or 132-198 lb. This modern rack and modern wineskin both […]
It is the largest tributary of the Jordan River.
Some artists paint him as young and some as old.
In a world where not everything that glitters is gold, who can we trust to help children? We trust the people of In Better Hands because Walt and Wanda Schulz go to help them in person and send them money. I grew up with Wanda (nee Brugger) Schulcz in Spring Arbor, Michigan, and Vickie lived across the street from Walt […]
Milkah מִלְכָּ֔ה in the Bible means “counsel.” The first Milkah was the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother. See Genesis 11:29 and 22:20. She was the grandmother of beautiful Rebekah who married Isaac, the long-awaited promised son of Abraham. The next Milkah was the daughter of Zelophehad. Numbers 26:33 and 27:11. She and her sisters — Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, […]
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