King David

Chapter Two Research Notes

Cliffs and lyre music and swords and crowns–chapter 2 of The Giant Slayer in research notes and images.

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Chapter One Research Notes

I’ve been sharing research images for The Giant Slayer on Facebook and Pinterest to help curious and studious readers get even more accurate in their imaginings about life 3,000 years ago. This post collects all the notes about Chapter One: Bethlehem. Late summer, 1028bce in one handy location.

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Plausibility is the name of the game

One of the major difficulties in writing an imaginatively expanded version of the story of David from the Bible (and trying to still keep it biblical) is the utter lack of precision in the source materials when it came to time. When did all this stuff happen? Not having the...

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The Giant Slayer is available for purchase

This all started over 3,000 years ago, when the story of David and Saul took place–Saul was born around 1076BCE, and David around 1040BCE. But this particular retelling started in 2011, when I reached the story of David in 1 Samuel in my read-the-Bible-all-the-way-through project. I was engrossed by what...

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Cloaks and slings and the siren song of authenticity

Or, the pleasures and perils of writing about three thousand years ago. As the publication date for The Giant Slayer gets closer and closer, I’ve been taking care of what seem like thousands of details. Besides all the super-fussy stuff like registering ISBNs, I’ve written a glossary and a discussion guide,...

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Spark My Muse: I’m on a podcast!

This is a brief post to alert my readers to my appearance on Lisa Colon DeLay’s podcast: Spark My Muse. (Click on the title of the podcast to be led to it; you will have to crank the sound on your listening device when the podcast gets to the interview.) We...

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Why I Do What I Do

“What I do” is turn the power of my imagination, my knowledge of story, and my historical research onto biblical stories in the hopes of developing a better and deeper understanding of who God is and what God wants of me by way of what God wanted of his followers...