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
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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?
I’d like to email monthly Bunny Trails showing fun features that didn’t make it into the Elijah story. So I’m looking at things like: MailChimp Mailerlite StoryOrigin And taking suggestions.
Scroll down the page to see the links I mean. My long time friend and shirt tail cousin, Servetus Gibraltarek, directed me to the menus, thinking one might be in the footer, so I looked, and the footer doesn’t have a menu in it. Back in the day, I thought I knew something about websites. But … Read more
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
[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
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
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
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
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
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
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