All Posts by Mark Morgan

About the Author

Mark Morgan was born in Australia and has been deeply involved in religion all of his life, working as a lay preacher, Sunday School teacher and missionary – trying to balance the many demands of spiritual life with those of family and paid employment, first as an engineer and later as a software developer. Happily married and blessed with eight children, he has spent many years reading the Bible and learning to teach its lessons. Writing Bible-based novels now fills much of his time.

Sep 17

Roads in Old Testament Times

By Mark Morgan | Jeremiah

Highways and Roads in the Old Testament

Today we use the word “highway” simply to mean a major road, possibly one that might stretch between cities. However, it is actually a compound word which contains its historical meaning in the two words it joins. A “highway” comes from the idea of a “high way” – a road that has been built up and raised above its surroundings. Ruts and depressions always form in roads, so roads at the same level as the land they cross become places for collecting water. So much so that in periods of rain, they can even become watercourses themselves. We still have these problems today, just as they did with roads in the Old Testament.Continue reading

Jul 06

Harmony of Bible records in the time of Jeremiah

By Mark Morgan | Harmonies , Jeremiah

Jeremiah on the ruins of Jerusalem

Harmony of Bible records in the time of Jeremiah

(Last revised 9 January 2020)

The Bible passages which record events in the times around the life of Jeremiah are as follows:

  • 2 Kings 22-25
  • 2 Chronicles 33-36
  • Jeremiah
  • Lamentations
  • Ezekiel
  • Daniel
  • Habakkuk
  • Zephaniah

Parallel records from Kings and Chronicles

The records in Kings and Chronicles interleave very easily, so they are best shown in a table by themselves from the time of Manasseh through to the events immediately after the destruction of Jerusalem. Some small sections of Jeremiah and Ezra are also included in places where they provide detail missing in one of the records.

The kings of Judah referred to in this synchronisation are:

  • Manasseh (son of Hezekiah)
  • Amon (son of Manasseh)
  • Josiah (son of Amon)
  • Jehoahaz (also known as Shallum; son of Josiah)
  • Jehoiakim (known as Eliakim before he became king; son of Josiah)
  • Jehoiachin (also known as Coniah or Jeconiah; son of Jehoiakim)
  • Zedekiah (known as Mattaniah before he became king; son of Josiah)

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Jul 04

Terror on Every Side! List of Characters

By Mark Morgan | Jeremiah

Terror on Every Side! Volumes 1-5 Cover

The following list contains all of the characters mentioned in the Bible around the time of Jeremiah. Names listed in grey are people who appear in the series Terror on Every Side! The Life of Jeremiah but are not mentioned in the Bible.

 

Abigail [1] – wife of Gemariah [1] the son of Hilkiah and brother of Jeremiah. (Not in the Bible.)

Abigail [2] – wife of Zaccai, an official/ruler/noble in the time of King Josiah. Welcomed visitors at the Passover in Josiah’s eighteenth year. (Not in the Bible.)

Achbor – son of Micaiah. Official/ruler/noble in the time of King Josiah. Sent with Hilkiah, Ahikam, Shaphan and Asaiah to see Huldah the prophetess (2 Kings 22:11-20). Named ‘Abdon son of Micah’ in 2 Chronicles 34:20. Possibly the father of Elnathan mentioned in Jeremiah 26:22 and 36:12.

Ahab – son of Kolaiah. False prophet (with Zedekiah [2] the son of Maaseiah (possibly Maaseiah [2])) in captivity. Cursed by God in a letter sent by Jeremiah, with the punishment being that King Nebuchadnezzar would roast them in the fire (Jeremiah 29:21-23).Continue reading

Jun 11

Welcome to Bible Tales!

By Mark Morgan | Jeremiah

Have you ever read the Bible and felt that you would like to meet some of the people it describes?  It’s not always easy.

Brevity

Magnificent acts of bravery are described in just a few words.  Entire lives are summed up in a single sentence.

Amazing miracles are reported clearly and concisely, but not in extravagant terms.

Important people in the Bible are given more space, but the information is still sparse.  Love and hate, emotion and ambition, faith and folly – all may be included in the narrative, but briefly, fleetingly.

Much is left to our imagination if we really want to get to know them as people.

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