Caravanserai Where Worlds and Ideas Connect: The Caravanserai Steve – If this will open for you, it is a great illustration of all the commercial and social considerations that would have gone on in a caravanserai.  But please note that the one illustrated here is a Moslem establishment from a much later time.  Yours will … Read more

Samaria Siege – Steve’s notes

Obadiah smacked the balustrade with his palm. “Well, my king, Ben Hadad has brought come for a visit.” In the next moment he stiffened as t   Typo.  Drop “brought”. 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 … Read more

politics and economy of the NK

2 Kings 4:ff 4 The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” 2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what … Read more

5 to re-read

Here are 5 I chose to re-read first.  Re-reading Writing Books My mood reading applies here. I’ll pick up whichever one jumps out at me and read them in the order that feels most natural. But I’m excited to dive back in and see what they have to teach me. 1. On Writing by Stephen King. This … Read more

Chariots – rule over

29 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead. 30 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and enter into the battle; but put thou on thy robes. And the king of Israel disguised himself, and went into the battle. 31 But the king of Syria commanded his … Read more

Troops – estimating enemy

Somewhere between totally mythical and “pretty close” there has to be a way to figure this. After all, the stele’s speak in terms of pretty specific numbers – Ahab brought 10K soldiers and 2K chariots to Qarqar, eg. How would they have done that? Did they have a certain number for a platoon? And another … Read more

Chariots – away from

Well you can kind of see the transition away from chariots going on here if you read between the lines a little.  First of all, “32 captains” [Dave: Is Steve misreading “32 kings” in 1 Kings 20:1?] may be the equivalent of company commanders; they may even be your “kings” from the earlier question if … Read more

Army would no longer organized by tribes

One thing I’m pretty sure of is that by this time the army would no longer have been organized by tribes.  At least not with tribal heads leading them.  One of the key changes introduced from the time of Saul is the move toward a United Kingdom, which meant subsuming tribal identities.  That, I believe, … Read more

Warfare – Canaan & Ancient Israel @ University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Yes, it’s helpful.  But don’t get carried away with it.  Most of it describes Bronze Age equipment and organization, which was all superseded by the Iron Age technologies. I’m sending this again b/c of the last paragraph.  It summarizes where your guys find themselves chronologically in the technology transition.  Archers were becoming much more important … Read more

Jehu 2 Kings 9

So, let us now consider Jehu.  Although he is on the fringes of your narrative, he is very illustrative of what’s going on in it. And just as importantly, he sees his compatriots very much as you see them as characters.  He’s pretty well aligned with your main characters’ POV. 19 So the king sent … Read more

Captains of Fifty

13 So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. “Man of God,” he begged, “please have respect for my life and the lives of these fifty men, your servants! 14 See, fire has fallen from heaven and consumed the first two captains and all … Read more

Omrides – Birth of the Dynasty

Ch. 20 Thrill Well, you’ve done it to me again.  I’ve spent nearly the whole day reading and listening in on the birth of the Omiride dynasty.  It seems like the more I know, the more I want to know about what happened during that period.  At this point I think I’ve got several days’ … Read more

Pottery firing This is a great site for illustrations of the specific pottery you were asking for.  Apparently somewhere during this period a second material and a higher firing technique were developed that produced a harder, less porous surface.  I didn’t get into this, just saw it mentioned and think you can see it in some … Read more

Pottery Provenience at Tell es-Safi/Gath

Quite a while back you asked me something about pottery during your period.  There is apparently quite a bit of data on it, mainly coming from Tel es-Safi (Gath).  Most of the detail on it is membership or paywall protected, but here’s a general overview that will give you some general insight into what’s been … Read more


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

Hiel – Steve’s break down

OK, so let’s break this down a little further. Verse 1 Kings 16:34. “In his days did Hiel the Beth-elite build Jericho; he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his first-born, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub; according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Joshua the son … Read more

Hiel – Steve

How long between first and last child? Let’s assume his first wife lives a healthy life and bears him 2 or 3 children spaced over 8 years, give or take.  Maybe he has a second wife who bears a couple more.  Don’t know, up to you, but a way to spice up the story if … Read more


Chariot Tales – Coffee Table Book ? The World of Elijah the Prophet In the Footsteps of Elijah the Prophet The World of Elijah: Scenes from the Footsteps of the Prophet Chariot Tales Book 3 Waking Obadiah The Waking of Obadiah The Awakening: A Novel of Obadiah and the King The King’s Man Awakes: A … Read more

Hiel – 1 Kings 16:34 – Steve

This one has puzzled me from the first time I read it.  I wasn’t sure how to take it.  It has never been clear to me Hiel even knew about the curse.  I thought maybe he was like Oedipus, condemned to fulfill a curse without knowing how to avoid it.  Still don’t know what to … Read more

Hiel – 1 Kings 16:34 – Clarke

1 Kings 16:34 In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun. Did Hiel the Beth-elite build Jericho – I wish … Read more

Hiel – Joshua 6:26 – Clarke

Joshua 6:26 And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it. And Joshua adjured them at that time – It appears that he had received … Read more

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Obadiah, a sketch – Steve

By Stephen Abbott As boyhood friend of Ahab, he was there first.  His most important credentials were mostly that Ahab trusted him.  Others would come along later – generals, tribal leaders, foreign ambassadors etc., but ‘Biah was there from the beginning.  He was the only one Ahab could be sure had his best interests at … Read more

Ben-Hadad is NOT Assyrian.

Bunny Trail for Obadiah Chapter – A Thrill of Hope. Steve- “There’s a serious geopolitical mistake going on in this whole chapter. Ben-Hadad is NOT Assyrian. He is Syrian (as we would know him nowadays). His capital is Damascus. The Assyrian capital is Nineveh. The two sound alike but are different and differently identified in … Read more

Obadiah – why would he skip the Mt. Carmel show?

I asked on Facebook: Vicki Sandiford Floyd- Scouting out where to hide the prophets while looking for pastures for Ahab’s livestock. Or maybe Ahab threw a fit and restrained him after Obadiah told him Elijah was back to make sure that Obadiah wasn’t secretly in cahoots with Elijah. Maybe he gets lost in the caves … Read more