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The Art (Supplies) of War

 

Bronze Age swords

Bronze Age swords

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 puts all my books at the very end of the Bronze Age into the beginning of the Iron Age. (The other option would put them a couple hundred years earlier, still in the late Bronze Age.)

Bronze Age Axe head

Bronze Age Axe head

Weapons of this age include those for hand-to-hand combat: swords, clubs, battle axes and daggers. Weapons for throwing included the sling and the bow and arrow. Swords and arrows were used the most. The Israelites were poorly armed compared to their Canaanite enemies. They had no armor, …

What in the World is A Wazir?

Danel photoIf 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 word meaning vizier. Semitic was much like Hebrew, so we only have the vowels: w-z-r.  (The Arabic word vizier has provided the vowels to give us wazir.) That Semitic root may mean to carry (a burden) or to help.

Aqhat photoScholars disagree on whether Tel (Old) Arad is the Arad of Numbers 21, but they disagree on pretty much everything. It depends on the timing of the Exodus among other things. I will say that there is a destroyed city of Arad, and a new …

Jericho Was Not the First…

The Walls of Arad coverEveryone knows the story of Joshua and the city of Jericho.

Joshua fought the battle of Jericho … and the walls came tumbling down.

But before Jericho, there was Arad.

When the Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev, heard that Israel was coming along the road to Atharim, he attacked the Israelites and captured some of them.  ~Numbers 21

The long-awaited third book in my trilogy is coming out next month—June 15. The Walls of Arad takes place almost forty years after the first two, as the years of wandering are drawing to an end.

Arisha is a young Canaanite woman who has fled the city for her safety. Miriam has taken her under her wing, but as she is close to death, she wants to be assured this abused and abandoned young woman will have a good life, and she entreats Zadok to marry her.

Zadok …