1. Why so young?
Elijah had a heavy schedule.
He served during three kings whose reigns totaled thirty-six years.
King Ahab 22 years.
King Ahaziah 2 years.
King Joram 12 years.
In the 9th Century, BC, most people died before their 50th birthday.
So, Elijah needed an early start.
2. Why short names?
The historians who wrote Kings and Chronicles used full names like Elijah, Nathan, and Shelemiah.
But this fiction mixes in Lijah, Nate, and Shel.
Yes, short names do make them sound undignified at times. And they’re okay with that.
3. Modern wording?
Please let me know if a word does not fit the period.
Although I knew enough not to let Elijah discuss helicopters or syringes, I did let “munchies” and “certifiable” slip into early drafts.
My friend, Ava, says I jolted her with “literary whiplash.”
Now, just for fun, in what period would we find the English of Elijah?
Beatrix Potter (1910)? “Oh, do let’s.”
Jane Austen (1811 AD)? “It is a truth universally acknowledged….”
King James (1611 AD)? “I am sore distressed….”