Author Archive | Dave Parks

61.2 Nathan

Why was Elijah’s belly churning? Why was he fighting back these tears? Milkah squeezed his arm and glanced up at his face. “What’s wrong?” Tishbe, Gilead, 88 B.C. 1 Kings 20:1-4 Elijah tugged Milkah into a hug and blinked back his tears. “Has Nate told you about Neetz?” Elijah paced from

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Jezebel’s hair & car tires

In my tradition, Jezebel’s hair symbolized wickedness. For instance, in 1950 my dad took me to Jackson, Michigan, where Dwight D. Eisenhower was campaigning for president. Ike shook my eight-year-old hand. The next week, a picture of Mamie Eisenhower’s bangs disappointed Dad. “His wife’s a Jezebel.” The technical question is, did Jezebel use curlers, wigs, or […]

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6b Shemer’s hill – Jezebel + Merom

Samaria City, Israel, 871 BC 1 Kings 16:24-28 Make Obadiah’s position clear up front. “Tell me, my prince, does Jezebel really have fourteen hairdressers?” Obadiah pointed a cucumber spear at Ahab. He sat at a small table in the center of the veranda of the King Jeroboam Inn. On the other side of the table […]

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Anat Square

Anat shows what to pack

For your visit to the mountains and valleys Elijah hiked, please check out my friend Anat Harrel’s fun notes about what to pack. And for a tour I recommend either Anat or Blossoming Rose. Anat has helped my research for the Elijah stories with facts and figures about Holy Land geography. I lived at Biblical Tamar Park […]

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Pucks & Potatoes

by Mel Hughes David, I loved the “Like an egg from a tall chicken” simile. Great big grin from that one. On the other hand, you can’t say “potato head” in a Bible-times book. Potatoes are indigenous to the Americas, and they didn’t get to the eastern hemisphere until the 1500s. It would throw me […]

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When did the King’s Highway lose its trees?

Add to trees, kings highway. Those Jews. They cry and they get anything they want. Preface with professor. Well known fact that trees increase rainfall. The King’s Highway was once thick with trees. This trail carried trade from Egypt across the Sinai Peninsula to Aqaba, north to Damascus and the Euphrates River. Here the kings of Edom and of Amor refused […]

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Thickets of the Jordan

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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No buttons

How many buttons on Elijah’s tunic? None. Jack Cunningham, Jr., alerted me that buttons were first used as fasteners in the 13th Century. In 871 BC, the closest thing to a modern shirt was the tunic or כֻּתֹּנֶת. Most hung from neck to ankles and tied at the throat. Anat Harrel gave me a heads up. […]

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Child Sacrifice – Really?

They didn’t really kill their children, did they? To “pass son or daughter through the fire” means they shifted them really fast kind of near the flame, right? That’s how I read Moses. Then I got logged down in 1 Kings 16 and started digging into how they worshiped Baal and Asherah. It’s ugly. […]

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The girl next door

Elijah let the beginnings of a smile play at the corners of his mouth. “I’m going to marry Milkah.” (01 Caravan) 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 […]

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Abel Meholah

Abel Meholah – interesting Gideon & Solomon detail This would indicate that Abel-meholah was thought of as a tract of country with a “border,” West of the Jordan, some miles South of Beth-shean, in the territory … Abel-meholah was a city mentioned repeatedly in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and best known […]

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