The Land

Dead Sea, 1984: Delphine Parks, Dr. DeWayne Coxon, President of Jordan College, & Dave Parks

When the idea of Elijah as a real person touched me, I thought I knew something of his land.

In 1964, Delphine and I toured the Holy Land for three weeks.

In 1984-85, we worked at the archeology dig at Oboth, the Rift Valley oasis where Moses headquartered about 1300 BC (Numbers 21:10). When we weren’t digging, we led busloads of tourists around Israel, introducing them to the Biblical sites. Plus, we made personal jaunts exploring Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan.

I had wandered Elijah’s village in Gilead and trudged his paths in the Jezreel valley. Stood in his footprints on Mt. Carmel. In Zerephath, I marveled with him at snow-covered Mt. Hermon.

The songbirds of the Bible hovered in me with rock badgers, Absalom oaks, and the usual rain shower at 1 p.m.

The land of Elijah? I was eager to write.

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