Author Archive | Dave Parks

Agatha Christie Quotes

One knew who everybody was. The Bantrys in the big house—and the Hartnells and the Price Ridleys and the Weatehrbys . . . They were people whose fathers and mothers and grandfathrs and garndmothrs, or whose aunt and uncle, had lived there before them. If somebody new came to live there, they ….. If anybody […]

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Where did the camel puller start?

Hi Steve, I’m posting this material here to keep track of it. You can edit it or I can if you don’t have time. I try to keep bunny trails short. If we can bring this in under 250 words, I think it will fly. https://www.historyonthenet.com/mesopotamian-merchants-and-traders Photos will help. If it doesn’t get too long, […]

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Three reasons Elijah is so young

Chapter one shows Elijah as a teenager. Why so young? He had three reasons: King Ahab, King Ahaziah, and King Joram. The Lord gave him messages for each king, and their reigns covered most of Elijah’s lifetime. King Ahab,  22 years – “neither dew nor rain” King Ahaziah,  2 years – “die in your bed” King Joram,  12 […]

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Weaning

1_samuel/1-22 Commentary Weaning A Child Breastfeeding and the Bible Breastfeeding and the Bible From Stack Exchange. The World Health Organization reports that the average weaning age is 4.2 years worldwide at present, however the weaning age has declined in modern times and the weaning age would have been higher in the past. This is supported […]

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Pharaoh who?

Elijah’s father flashed a broad smile at the first man in line, the camel owner with the free advice. “Do you carry spices?” Elijah groaned at his father’s antique opener, but the man bit. “For the Nile market.” “The Nile, eh. Next week we celebrate the day we left the Nile.” “The Nile? When were […]

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Dirt-on-the-Head Mourning

Erma https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/50887/what-is-the-origin-of-throwing-dust-over-head-as-a-sign-of-mourning-in-the-bib?fbclid=IwAR0wfV_3CTiU8Uy4kLvw2iWiNkB3xifT2DpTQtZ1nH1mFxCOWjAqQpQay_Y   Jack Ezekiel 27:30; Job 30:19 and 42:6; and Genesis 18:27.

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How much did Elijah’s wineskins weigh?

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 […]

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Aramaic Rough Draft

From this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aramaic is it safe for me to assume that 1. Assyrians spoke Aramaic 2. That it was the regional lingua franca of Elijah’s time and place? This question became important to me in a chapter in which a guy listens in on an Assyrian sentinel’s conversation. I think this will give you a perfect […]

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Who cut down the trees by the King’s Highway?

Elijah sold wine to the spice caravan on the King’s Highway, a trade route from Egypt across the Sinai Peninsula to Aqaba, north to Damascus and the Euphrates River. This is the same highway where the kings of Edom and of Amor refused the Hebrews’ passage (Numbers 20:17, 21:22), and Israel defeated the Amorites by “the edge of the sword.” In […]

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Assyria

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aram_(region) https://www.bibleodyssey.org/en/people/main-articles/ahab https://www.livius.org/articles/people/israel/ http://www.crivoice.org/othassyrian.html   Here’s confirmation of the same info about Ahab’s defeat at the hands of the Assyrian Shalmaneser III.  Since there was no Syria at the time and the Assyrian capital was further to the east at Nineveh, I think it’s something of an anachronism to refer to Ahab’s military foes as […]

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Hoopoe

The national bird of Israel The hoopoe is named after its call — a loud “oop!” in sets of three. To listen to the call for yourself, check out this recording on Hark. The hoopoe also warns with “char.” It’s “tii” means the babies want food; and the female wheezes (!) during courtship rituals. From 10 things you didn’t know about the […]

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Burial

Bunny Trail potential – The “grave. Sometimes this was inside the city walls and sometimes in the courtyard of the house.” p. 95, Heaton, E.W., Everyday Life in Old Testament Times. 1956. Charles Scribner’s Sons Graves of the common people in II Kings 23:6; Jer. 26:23 If they touched a dead body, does this affect how they […]

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Synopsis

Elijah: a man of passions. An ancient story in today’s English. Teenage ELIJAH works in the family vineyard. While selling wine on the King’s Highway, he tries to rescue an Asherah slave girl and finds a knife at his throat. Months later, he dashes through the crowd to save a baby from being sacrificed to […]

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What should the cover look like?

To get the right picture for the book cover, I gave King Ahab a camera and taught him how to use it. Fifty guards surrounded the king at the gate of his headquarters compound. Market day, with the plaza next to the compound full of shoppers, farmers, geese, and donkeys loaded with vegetables. Elijah strode […]

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01.2 Invaded – 1188

“Hear that?” “What? You’ve been out here too long. You’re jumpy.” Mikey smothered a gasp. The soldiers spoke Aramaic, the language of his village. Ten chariots rolled past carrying men with swords, spears, and broad axes. On the side of each chariot, light from the fire showed a yellow-winged torch on a blood-red background, the […]

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Crown Award Entry

ELIJAH tries to rescue a slave girl from a whore house but finds a knife at his throat. He reaches to pull a baby from a Moloch furnace but gets beaten bloody. “Help me learn sword fighting,” he asks big brother NATHAN, “so we can rescue slave girls.” Instead of attending sword school, Elijah hikes […]

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09 The King is dead – 1100

Obadiah stood with Ahab and Jehoshaphat outside Ramoth in Gilead. “Where are your royal robes, my king?” Ahab tipped his head toward Jehoshaphat. “The king of Judah deserves the glory for the victory we’re about to share. He’ll wear his royal robes from Jerusalem while I fight in the thick of it in disguise.” Biah […]

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Elders of the land – 70?

The “elders of the land” (evidently present in Samaria at this time) were the representatives in the northern kingdom of the ancient assembly of the “elders of Israel,” existing from the time of Moses downwards as a senate, having power not only of advice, but of concurrence, in relation to the Judge or King. (See Exodus […]

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Jordan Valley Birds

Sorry for the late reply. I do have two half-post that deals with birding in the Jordan River Valley, which can be seen here: The second half of this post: https://israelsgoodname.blog/2018/06/10/university-trip-golan-bet-shean-valley/ The first half of this post: https://israelsgoodname.blog/2018/06/17/university-trip-bet-shean-valley-agamon-hefer/ There is definitely room for more posts on the matter. And, to address you choice, there are owls in […]

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Capital in Jezreel or Samaria?

where was Ahab’s capital? Fort Jezreel or Samaria? Was Samaria only a summer retreat? Why a palace in Samaria and in Jezreel? [what cities did Ben-hadad Sr. steal from Omri? Does Ahab still rule the Valley? 1 Kngs. 15:20 Ben-hadad agreed with King Asa and …conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel Beth Maakah and all Kinnereth in addition to […]

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Bleach in the sky

  A bubbler returns Stars disappeared one by one. Rocks and trees took shape in the morning mist. When he completed his huge circle and poked his head out onto the road again, bleach had hit the sky and washed away the last bit of night.   Gwen:  “I don’t think they had bleach back […]

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The race

Uncle Marvin’s line almost made it into the “When to boast” chapter. Jephunneh fell in beside an old man leading a donkey with clusters of pots, shovels, and axes tied on the packsaddle. “The Lord be with you, sir.” “The Lord bless you, young man.” The man narrowed his eyes. “Fine day for the race.” […]

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Dead Sea Scrolls

Why didn’t Elijah stop and see the Dead Sea scrolls? He and Nathan went right by Qumran. They even had a discussion at the turnoff:   At the Qumran intersection, Elijah stopped. “So, why am I still going south?” He looked across the Dead Sea and up the turnoff to Qumran. Then back up the road to Jericho. […]

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Fluffy towels

“Shillem tossed in an armload of dry clothes with two big fluffy towels, and Elijah and Nathan rubbed off the cold rain.”   “Sounds delightful, but did they really have fluffy towels back then?” – Pam Green

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God’s voice vs. Satan’s

God’s voice:                                       Satan’s voice: stills                                                     rushes reassures                                             frightens leads                                                    pushes enlightens                                            confuses forgives                                               condemns calms                                                   stresses encourages                                          discourages comforts                                              worries

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Lunge for the slaver?

How should Elijah’s dad have handled the slaver? Jump up fighting? Make a lunge for his knife? “I’m so sorry to say this, but I didn’t find this realistic at all. If my child was being held seconds from death, I would be hard-pressed to play ‘dominant’ and approach. Not without a sure reason I […]

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To rescue girls or not?

Should Elijah, Nathan, and their dad try to rescue the slave girls on the King’s Highway or not? “Man, I’m disappointed in Elijah. These little girls chained in misery, and he’s rubbing a little nick. I thought he had purposely positioned his donkeys in the way of the camels and girls to confront them, but […]

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Thickets of the Jordan

Ch. 29 A few miles upstream from Jericho Elijah followed Nathan into the reeds. Nathan handed him chunks of Shillem’s bread and cheese. “What will you do in the thickets of the Jordan?4 We will hide.”   ‎Jeremiah 12:5 about 600 BC (!) Maybe do a Bunny Trail exploring if Jeremiah used a popular phrase.

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The Man Born to be King

Every Easter for some years there was a repetition of her radio series, The Man Born to be King, not to the delight of everyone, as it was written in the modern idiom, with lots of slang expressions and Mary Magdalene just another regulation tart with a heart of gold.

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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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POV change

The easiest way to orient the reader to the new POV character is to begin with a physical action anchor. Include a short sequel from the last scene we saw the POV character in (especially if something important happened and we need their reaction) and state the scene goal (which is often related to the sequel). eems like a lot? You […]

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Bubbler Shopping — by Miss Darcy

Here’s a few random thoughts before I shut down the computer for the night. 🙂 So, the purchasing problem could possibly be solved by the wives or family members. They just continue to buy normal groceries, probably with funds from Mrs. O, but secretly bring them to a certain drop-off point in their village, and […]

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A letter to mother

On their way back to the widow’s house, Nathan walked next to Zim. “The professor says you’re an excellent student.” “It’s true, Mr. Nathan. I study every lesson. All the way through and back again until I get it, really get it.” “So, how’d you become such a scholar, anyway?” “I’m only eight years old, […]

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Action Beats

Getting Dialogue Right: How to Use Dialogue Tags and Action Beats An Easy Way to Immediately Improve Your Character’s Action Beats Do You Use Too Many Generic Action Tags?

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Housing

“The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone;the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.” Ancient Israelite House [sic]”If one were to walk through the front door they might see a child lying in a hammock wrapped in swaddling clothes, and a woman seated at her […]

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Nicknames?

Why do you use nicknames and short titles? Because this is fiction, not history, not Bible. The historians who wrote Kings and Chronicles used full names and titles like Elijah, Nathan, and Father. This fiction mixes in Lijah, Nate, and Dad. Yes, short names do make them sound undignified at times. And they’re okay with […]

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Obadiah Outline

The Need 09 Jar of Fish – Abdel is killed 10 The Beginning – Obadiah discovers the murder 11 Bubblers – Jezebel’s men target bubblers The Solution 17 Bubblers Prep – Mrs. O goes to market 18 Bubblers Send – Shelemiah sends 17 to Megiddo 19 Bubblers Shop – Mrs. O sets up shopping system […]

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Catering

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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Herring?

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

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Pam on Joshabiah’s POV

I read about a page and a half, puzzling about the feeling that this was the same scene I’d just read, told differently. Then I realized you were telling it from Joshabiah’s POV. Although it’s very common to alternate POVs in a story, I wasn’t expecting it, so I was confused. Will you be using […]

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A Checklist for Vivid Writing

ENVIRONMENT What is the weather/temperature/climate What kind of lighting is present What time of day is it What time of year is it SETS Indoors : What is the type and size of the room/enclosure she is occupying? How is it furnished? Outdoors: What is the terrain (hilly, marshy, rocky, lush, dusty, etc)? What plants, […]

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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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Songbirds

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 […]

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What are you doing here?

Elijah barely got into the desert when he forgot his promise to come back for Nathan. “Just let me die, okay, Lord? Maybe that way Jezebel will leave my mother alone.” He curled up in the shade of a broom bush and went to sleep. Three hours later an angel touched his arm. “Have a […]

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Silver

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 […]

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Moloch מלכ

The first author in the Bible who condemned child sacrifice wrote in Leviticus 18:21. Many others followed. Assuming Jezebel from Sidon influenced Ahab’s worship of Baal, Ahab’s method of child sacrifice could have followed this 4th Century BC description from Sidon . There stands in their midst a bronze statue of Kronos, its hands extended […]

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