It’s All Joshua’s Fault

Carole Towriss Prize of War 1 Comment

I’ve been plotting out a possible book, looking at characters and times and events, and trying to make everything fit together. A couple things weren’t quite working, and I realized, it’s all because of Joshua. The scriptures never really say how old Joshua is when he goes into the Promised Land as a spy. Caleb is 40, so most people …

“Sweeter than Honey to My Mouth!”

Carole Towriss Research 0 Comments

When I was young, we used to drive from my home in San Diego to visit my grandparents in Blythe, California on the Colorado River, on the border of California and Arizona. On the way we usually stopped in Indio at a date farm and purchased some of the glossy brown, sweet fruit. I remember wandering through the rows of …

Eat, Drink and Be Merry … in Canaan?

Carole Towriss The Walls of Arad 1 Comment

Last July, a team of American and Israelis researchers made a fascinating discovery. They liked to party in Canaan. The team was digging in the ruins of a northern Canaanite city that dates back to approximately 1700 B.C. As they dug, they uncovered a jug approximately three feet long.  They christened the jug “Bessie.” Dr. Cline, chair of GW’s Department of Classical and …

Enter In The Shadow of Jezebel Giveaway!

Carole Towriss Book Reviews, Research, Writing 2 Comments

The Story In a kingdom controlled by cruel and manipulative women, one princess will discover the power of truth and love Princess Jehosheba wants nothing more than to please the harsh and demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of the notorious Queen Jezebel. Her work as a priestess in the temple of Baal seems to do the trick. But when a mysterious …

Join Me on a New Adventure!

Carole Towriss Book Reviews, In the Shadow of Sinai, Research, Writing 1 Comment

This year I’m embarking on a new adventure with some very dear friends, and a couple new ones. Tanya and Jennifer are fellow writers for Christ to the World Ministries, a group that writes dramas that are then translated and broadcast to 32 countries around the world. Eileen, Diana and Delia are friends of friends! Together we are starting a …

When is an hour not an hour?

Carole Towriss Ancient Egypt, In the Shadow of Sinai, Research 0 Comments

Keeping track of the passage of time was crucial to the ancient Egyptians, especially to the astronomers and priests who were responsible for determining the exact hour for the daily rituals and sacrifices. They divided the day into two equal periods of twelve hours each. However, due to the revolution of the earth around the sun, the length of the hours …

What’s a “naja haje”?

Carole Towriss Ancient Egypt, In the Shadow of Sinai, Research 0 Comments

The Egyptian cobra, also called a “naja haje,” is most likely the snake the magicians in Pharaoh’s court used in their duel with Moses. It is the most dangerous and one of the largest cobras of the African continent. When disturbed, cobras have the ability to raise the front quarter of their bodies off the ground and spread their necks …