Was There a Full Moon That Night?

Carole Towriss By the Waters of Kadesh, Research, Writing 0 Comments

Writing historical fiction is usually research intensive. Sometimes every sentence needs to be researched. Comments that in contemporary fiction would be commonplace need to be meticulously fact-checked. Something like, “He considered her opinion as he bit into the juicy peach,” means you have to make sure there were peaches in that time, in that season, in that place. Maybe peach …

By the Waters of Kadesh in Kindle

Carole Towriss Ancient Egypt, Ancient Israel, By the Waters of Kadesh, In the Shadow of Sinai, Research, Writing 3 Comments

  By the Waters of Kadesh is now in Kindle! In celebration, I’ve uploaded the first three chapters on my website. Read without risk! Kadesh is the sequel to In the Shadow of Sinai, but you don’t have to have read Sinai to enjoy Kadesh. It starts just after the Israelites have escaped Egypt and spent the first year of …

For as Much Money as it is Worth

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Then Abraham rose [and] said, “I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.” (Genesis 23:3-4) The Cave of Machpelah, located in the old city of Hebron, is the world’s most ancient Jewish site and the second holiest place for the Jewish people. The cave and …

“Walled up to Heaven”

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When the spies visited Hebron, they found a city “walled up to heaven.” (Deut 1:28)  They found out why—the city was inhabited by the Anakim. It’s complicated to explain the Anakim, and there are several theories still very much in play, but here is what I have learned as best as I understand it. (It’s helpful to know the –im …

The Original Tract Housing

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When archeologists excavated Arad, they found many stone dwellings in what seemed to be a residential area. Streets and alleys ran between the blocks of houses that were of differing sizes (500 to 1500 square feet), but they were nearly identical: a walled courtyard, a long living room and a small or kitchen. The rectangular living room was open to …