GIVEAWAY: ISAIAH’S DAUGHTER By Mesu Andrews

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My very dear friend Mesu Andrews has released yet another epic biblical fiction novel–this time she tells the story of Hephzibah, wife to King Hezekiah and mother to King Manasseh. Isaiah’s Daughter follows the relationship of Hezekiah and Hephzibah from the time they were small children until well into adulthood. Along the way, they face many trials, from invasion to infertility. …

A Refuge and a Shelter

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Much of the action in Prize of War takes place in Acsah’s house. Acsah and Othni live in a typical Israelite home, also known as a four-room house. These mud-and-brick houses are characteristic of the Iron Age of the Eastern Mediterranean. The inhabitants lived on the second floor, and the ground floor—divided into four sections by pillars, half-walls, and walls—was used as a stable and for …

If the Foundations Be Destroyed

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Prize of War takes place mainly in Debir, which before Othniel’s conquest had been called Kiriath-Sepher.  There are a few cities that Joshua conquered but were re-inhabited a little later, and then had to be re-conquered by the various tribes. Debir was one of those. Where exactly that is in Israel now is a matter of some debate. I have …

The Art (Supplies) of War

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  I’m a Navy brat, but I’ll readily admit I have no idea how to wage a war. Between writing this book and the next, I’ve learned an awful lot about late Bronze age weaponry and warfare. There are two dates proposed for the Exodus, and therefore for Joshua’s conquest of Canaan. I have chosen the “late date” theory, which …

The Ultimate Kindness – It’s Not What you Think

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  Like little children, we often dislike rules. But God’s rules show us how much God values us, and His relationship with us. The many laws and regulations in the Old Testament were meant to teach the Israelites the same thing.   All the clean/unclean and holy/unholy rules were designed to illustrate that a person could not even touch something that was …

What in the World is A Wazir?

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If you read By the Waters of Kadesh, you remember Danel. He’s back, although about thirty-eight years older. So is the young soldier Aqhat. After their earlier escapades, Aqhat and Danel are now fast friends—and secret worshippers of Yahweh. Aqhat has grown to be commander of Arad’s army, and Danel is the wazir of Arad. Wazir is a reconstructed Northwest Semitic …

We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends

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Arisha is our heroine. She arrived at the Israelite camp a refugee, having fled Arad in fear for her safety. Now Miriam, sister to Moses and Aaron, wants Zadok to marry her. The Law forbade the Israelites from marrying Canaanites, unless they turned to Yahweh and worshipped Him as the One True God. God always encouraged Israel to accept foreigners. After …

What Makes a Shepherd’s Heart?

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Meet Zadok. He is the hero of The Walls of Arad, the third book in the “Journey to Canaan” series. Zadok is a shepherd—specifically, he is the shepherd of the Tabernacle flock. He has a gentle heart, one that Miriam decides is perfect for our heroine, Arisha. (You’ll meet her later.) Ancient shepherds have a complicated history. In Abraham’s day, they …