232 Scenario +

This is maybe obvious, but in case it isn’t, we’re now in the Iron Age so the arrows are probably tipped by iron points instead of bronze.  And the swords are now either iron or a crude form of steel.  But do note, these folks don’t know they’re in the Iron Age.  They’re just adapting … Read more

Fighting season

One more late thought on all of this.  “Fighting season” would be when the crops were in and the weather favorable. It’s why BH didn’t return till the following spring.  Just as now, but even more so then, seasons, weather and economics controlled how and when armies fought.  The Greek hoplites came from their farms … Read more

Catapults

Did Ben Hadad have catapults? You mention catapults amongst your siege equipment. Not sure they were a thing yet. When the Assyrians over ran Jerusalem a couple of hundred years later, they did have skin- covered rams and they did build siege ramps up to the walls of the city. And I believe they also … Read more

Chariots

from Steve 1. A good general run-down on the rise and fall of chariots. Of note for your purposes: * they were mostly two-man arrangements * they were in decline during your period due to the rise of iron weaponry and improved infantry tactics although this would not have been obvious to most people of … Read more

What the Camel FedEx Really Carried

In Elijah’s time an elaborate network of roads connected the interior of Assyria to it’s nearby trading partners like Egypt. But big though the Assyrian empire was, it was bounded on the east by both geography and strong enough military kingdoms to keep the Assyrians in check. Elijah most likely sold wine to a family … Read more

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 … Read more