Grave vs. Tomb

At the far side of his family courtyard, a fresh moundi stood by the corner of the house. While men of wealth rested in tombs cut into the rock, simple farmer lay in holes heaped with dirt. iSD – Is this a grave? Would his father not have a tomb? [Author’s Notes]

Splooshing?

Why So Many Trees? Why does Elijah s story Have so many trees? I thought the holy land was all desert. Elijah turned his back on the puller and raised a hand to shield his eyes from the sun. Thin clouds dusted the top of a light blue sky over an endless line of camels … Read more

What weapon did Ahab use?

In the battle at Ramoth, Ahab is in a chariot. 1 Kings 22:30 “And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and enter into the battle” What weapon would have been in his hand? Battleaxe? Javelin? Both? Dave Let me do some checking. I know what the answer would be if … Read more

Why couldn’t Naboth sell his vineyard?

The Murder of Naboth – 1 Kings 21:1-15 37. A Garden Killing – Obadiah 55. Dogs Waiting – Elijah Trade away Inheritance – Number 26:52–54, 33:54, Joshua 13–22, Leviticus 25:23 https://www.encyclopedia.com/environment/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/israelite-law-property-law

Emissary Obadiah

If I can figure how, Obadiah’s point of view, to show Ben Hadad respecting Omri and Ahab as able generals, then a blog post could show that from the Syrian or Assyrian POV. I think this is pretty easy.  O, being the trusted wingman he is, has probably been sent to BH’s court to negotiate … Read more

What’s it about?

The life of Elijah the prophet according to the Biblical outline, with a few additions. Twelve-year-old Elijah tries to rescue a slave girl. A few years later he challenges the king: “Neither dew nor rain until I say so.” He thinks anger at the slavers and baby burners motivates him, so the Lord’s “Hide at … Read more

Bows & Arrows

https://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-Arrow Focus on the recurved bows in this table. As a kid I had a 60 lb ash bow (not recurved). I could not draw it back even half way. But at the length I could draw it, I could send an arrow straight up so high I lost sight of it. The longest shot … Read more

Did Elisha Replace or Follow?

A critique partner rescued me from a sad error in *The Boy Who Closed the Sky.* “Dave, why do you leave Elisha out of the story?” “Because on the mountain, the Lord told Elijah that Elisha would replace him. Another verse says Elisha followed him and became his servant. But you can’t follow and replace. … Read more

Dedication

To the pastors during my boyhood in Spring Arbor, Michigan. Rev. Leon Voorheis (Looking for his picture) Rev. James Hudson Taylor II Rev. Verdon Dunckel (Looking for his picture) Like many Free Methodist pulpiteers, they walked us around in the sandals of Moses and Elijah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel while showing how to imagine emotions and … Read more

Foreword

(From The Boy Who Closed the Sky: A Novel of Elijah the Prophet) by Dr. DeWayne Coxon President Emeritus, Blossoming Rose I have loved the stories of Elijah’s saga, but never before had I imagined the intimate sacred dimensions. Here is fiction which follows the Biblical narrative of Hebrew history. Prayers and miracles, faith and doubt, … Read more

Prologue

(From The Boy Who Closed the Sky: A Novel of Elijah the Prophet) 866 BC* After Solomon built the temple in Jerusalem, Jeroboam split the kingdom north from south. Two centuries later, Asa reigned over Judah and Omri over Israel. In Tishbe of Gilead, a boy named Elijah tended vines. Background King Asa – 1 … Read more

Wind and Fire

Chapter 1. of The Boy Who Closed The Sky The Yarmuk River Valley, Elijah’s Backyard 866 BC The King’s Highway, Gilead A shrill scream shot through the trees. Elijah recoiled. The wineskin slipped from his fingers, bounced off Nathan’s knees, and burst. A robin fluttered up from the forest floor. As purple wine puddled in … Read more

Thanks

(From The Boy Who Closed the Sky: A Novel of Elijah the Prophet) This novice writer owes so much to so many. My wife, Vickie, paused whenever she heard, “I need you to listen to this paragraph.” My archaeologist cousin, Stephen Abbott, researched everything from iron age headscarves and cooking utensils to chariots and hoof boots. … Read more

Elijah at Biblical Tamar Park

(This excerpt from The Boy Who Closed the Sky: A Novel of Elijah the Prophet Chapter 41. Oboth, shows Elijah visiting the future Biblical Tamar Park) A cut-in-crystal Milky Way rose against the ultra dark of the desert night. “The sun goes down, and the sky is ours.” In the morning, Elijah followed the path to … Read more

Audio Version?

Can we do an audio version? Tim Robinson first suggested audio. Then Dorian Currier. I asked Uncle Larry if he would be the voice. Maybe he’ll want to include the voices of others in some scenes? What about a female narrator? I found this: https://blog.reedsy.com/guide/audiobooks/?utm_source=mailparrot&utm_campaign=blog_audiobooks and this: Yes, You Can Record Your Own Audiobook. Here’s … Read more

Signed copy?

If you live in the US, Click here, on Amazon’s link to the Elijah novel. Check the “Gift” box and put “Signed copy for Your Name.” Send the book to me, Dave Parks, 8845 Shannon’s Mill Rd., Foley, AL 36535. Send me your name, address, and $4.44. I’ll sign it and send it to you. … Read more

What readers say about my writing

The feel and texture of this story drew me into the ancient world of the Bible. Read it and join the journey. More life stories from the Book, Davy, please. – Gary Endermann It’s like I’m there. Watching. – Darci Frostik We’ve all been Elijah. Faced with difficult realities, we have questions for God. Dave … Read more

Why did the earth move under Elijah?

I thought his close proximity to Milkah got him “All Shook Up,” [Elvis, 1957]. But he might have been feeling vibration from the Jerusalem ” earthquake, when Uzziah was king of Judah.” Amos 1:1 Next question:  Was Uzziah king of Judah during Elijah’s time?

Critical Heroines

Four writers who rescued me. Lara C. Storm who took me by the hand and showed me how to show-not-tell. And that Elijah needed a motivation scene to go confront the king. on Facebook, Author L C Storm Ann Westerman, who had me get out a piece of paper and sketch the layout of Elijah’s place. … Read more

Finding Elijah

  [first half call Prepping for Elijah] In 1964, we crossed Gilead, the home of Elijah, and drove through Israel’s Mandelbaum Gate. Like Elijah, we headed south out of Beersheba into the Negev, but unlike Elijah, we drove down Highway 40. We braked at a lonely desert driveway curving in from the east and spoke with the … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Did Yellowhammers really sing for Elijah?

Probably so. Yellowhammers live all over the Middle East and are listed in Israels-10-beautiful-birds. The Yellowhammer song influenced a composition by Beethoven and inspired several poems, including “The Yellowhammer’s Nest” by John Clare. “They are the yellowhammer’s and she dwells Most poet-like where brooks and flowery weeds” Yellowhammers on YouTube Eating Singing Other Yellowhammers The state bird of Alabama. … Read more

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. … Read more

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. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/archaeologists-ancient-peruvian-empire-sacrificed-140-kids/ar-AAwrJDc?ocid=spartandhp … Read more

Beta Readers

Thank you for commenting on a chapter! Ann Videtich Cheryl Floyd Danette Bailey Darci Frostick DeWayne Coxon Donald Ingram Doug Smith Erin E. McEndree Gary Endermann Janine Rosche Jennifer Hallmark Joy VanDeMar Judy Harmon Lara Hitchcock Lexie Coxon Loana Ingram Miguel Serveto Nancy Hoorn Nancy Regatz Paul Parker Pauline Stitt Ralph Tilley Randy Harmon Robbie Coxon Shawn Kennedy … Read more

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 … Read more