11b Keslote + Basics A2.docx

A fresh mound stood by the corner of the house. While King Omri rested in a tomb cut into the rock, Obadiah’s father lay in a hole heaped with dirt. Obadiah knelt and sifted a handful through his fingers. “I should have been here for my father.” 12. Keslote [1518 words] 867 BC Keslote, Issachar, … Read more

12a The Cheat

The New Samaria City, Samaria, Israel, 876 BC Obadiah took in the smell of roast mutton that wafted in from the kitchen of the new King Jeroboam Inn. From across the plaza, the shouts of workmen building Omri’s palace mingled with the ping of hammers and the ffft-ffft of saws. The open door let in … Read more

00. Outline

The King’s Right-hand Man Best buds, Obadiah and Ahab grow up across the village path from each other. When Ahab becomes king, his queen—Jezebel—kills the prophets, but Obadiah hides them in caves. Can Obadiah and Ahab still be friends? In childhood, Obadiah and Ahab bloody each other’s noses. The fishmonger puzzles Obadiah with a warning … Read more

09b Kg+Home

9b King+Home 10. King Ahab 867 BC i Samaria City, Samaria, Israel Obadiah stood next to a pillar of the city gate. With one hand he shielded his eyes from the noonday sun. With the other, he waved a steady farewell to a long line of guests departing in chariots. King Ahab stood by the … Read more

12b Basics

12b Basics 867 BC i ii [A lot could be added to his from the old chapter that showed A&O arguing about Jezebel on while they ate cucumbers and the guards raised eyebrows.]Shuthellah gets rid of other guests. Turns them away. Asks 14 hairdressers. Leaves. Biah scoffs at alliance. The Syrians are upon you my … Read more

07.5 Ger+Cu

08 Gera the Grove Manager 872 BC Shemer’s Hill, Israel Obadiah stopped under the lone oak tree on the south side of the hill, left it’s spreading limbs, and follwoed a narrow trail through five rows of olive trees. He stood with his bodyguards to a gate and called across the strange courtyard, “Hello, the … Read more

04.5 A-B-D

Previous: As King Omri followed them in, he announced, “I’ve got another wife for Ahab.” 05 Another Obadiah shied from the servant who hurried to him with a broom. Why had the gate guard whispered the old fishmonger’s “wake up”? The servant swept up bits of grass and dirt fallen from Obadiah’s sandals, and the … Read more

12. Keslote

Obadiah stepped down, lost his footing, then stumbled through the gate on the left. At the far side of his family courtyard, a fresh mound stood by the corner of the house. He knelt and sifted a handful of dirt through his fingers. I should have been here for my father. The ladder rattled against … Read more

06. Bodygrds

6. Bodyguards for Obadiah 872 BC Fort Jezreel, Jezreel Valley, Israel Obadiah fell back against the doorjamb. A donkey loaded with two talents of anything would refuse to lift a hoof. Two donkeys. Or a mule. But why haul that much silver anywhere? He wiped clammy hands on his robe as if he were seven … Read more

08 Gera

On the outside again, Obadiah paused. “Very good, sir. And where do we find Gera the grove manager?” 08 Gera the Grove Manager 872 BC Shemer’s Hill, Israel Obadiah followed the path through the olive trees around to the south side of the hill and paused at the lone oak tree. A tiny path through … Read more

09. Curious

09. The Curious Prince 872 BC Shemer’s Hill, Israel Obadiah woke to the scratchy voice of Ahab. “… how will you defend our nation?” A rooster crowed in the dark. Fumbling with his headscarf, Obadiah stumbled into the hall. Ahab’s voice came from far away. “Wake up, right-hand man. Wake up. I got the sun … Read more

07. Deliver

Obadiah returned. “King Omri thinks ‘baby carry’ is the best idea he’s heard. As long as we’re surrounded by fifty cavalrymen with swords and javelins.” 07. Delivering Silver Babies Fort Jezreel, Jezreel Valley, Israel 872 BC Obadiah locked the apartment door and followed Yedidah and the girls through the hall. For the third time that … Read more

02. Pitas

02. Pita Bread i 895 BC A Village Near Gibbethon, Philistia Obadiah edged closer to Ahab. “What are you hiding?” A twinkle in his eye, Ahab slid his open palm from his cloak. Empty. Flashing a big grin, Obadiah set his half-eaten pita on his plate and reached. But Ahab grabbed Obadiah’s wrist. He cocked … Read more

04. Chicken

04 Tall Chicken 872 BC Fort Jezreel, Jezreel Valley, Israel Obadiah’s heart slapped his ribs. “Outta here!” He whacked Ahab’s horse. Shochar leaped ahead. Another arrow plunked in beside the first. Ahab flattened on Shochar and kicked him into a dash for the fort. Obadiah pounded Lavan’s sides, and the big gray sprinted after them. … Read more

01. Wrath

01. The Forcing of Wrath 895 BC A Village Near Gibbethon, Philistia Obadiah flew along the path, his sandals slapping dirt and his elbow gouging Ahab’s ribs. A brown hen squawked at the approaching danger and collected her chicks into the safety of a low-spreading fig tree. Obadiah shot between the stable guards, raised his … Read more

11. Homeward

Taking him in his arms, Obadiah eased him to his feet. The rider showed no wounds. As he sank against Obadiah’s chest, he forced a whisper. “Your father, sir … Syrians.” 11. Homeward 867 BC Samaria City, Samaria, Israel Obadiah croaked out, “Father.” The ragged rasp of the Arabian’s breaths brought bodyguards running. Gallant’s head … Read more

10. Kg-Ahab

10. King Ahab 867 BC i Samaria City, Samaria, Israel Obadiah stood next to a pillar in the open city gate. With one hand he shielded his eyes from the noonday sun. With the other, he gave a steady farewell to a long line of guests. Elders and foreign rulers had come, as had he, … Read more

05. Another

As King Omri followed them in, he announced, “I’ve got another wife for Ahab.” 05 Another Wife, Another Alliance, Another Job 872 BC Fort Jezreel, Jezreel Valley, Israel Obadiah shied from the servant who hurried to him with a broom. Why had the gate guard whispered the old fishmonger’s “wake up.”? The servant swept up … Read more

03. No Guards

03. No Guards, No Race 872 BC Fort Jezreel, Jezreel Valley, Israel Obadiah rode out the gate of the fort with Ahab at his side. “Where are our bodyguards, my prince? Your father’s eyes drill through to the back of my skull. ‘Keep my son safe.’” Ahab tipped his head toward the open gate. From … Read more