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The Prophet's Apprentice (Elisha Reimagined)

Written by Peter Robert Flounders
(During The First Decade And A Half Of The Twenty-First Century)

   

 

FOREWORD

Welcome, Dear Reader, and thank you for coming this far. In the next few lines I have tried to explain what the book is, and what it is not. With God's help, I do hope I have succeeded.

There is a genre of works - usually films, I believe - that is called Docufiction and is, according to Wikipedia, the cinematographic combination of documentary and fiction.

This book is neither a film, documentary or fiction but the above is the nearest description I could find. The core of every event described here is Biblical and unchanged. What I have attempted to do is weave a larger story around the happenings, while leaving the Bible story unchanged and intact, although every addition of mine has some authority - cultural, other sources, etceteras - hence the detailed notes.

My problem is an overactive imagination and when I read something, for instance the calling of Elisha, I am occasionally left wanting more - a basic mechanism for a successful soap. For example, after Elijah's forty day fast he went to Mount Horeb for a dramatic encounter with God, in a cave! You will find this amazing incident in 1 Kings:19. The story then continues in Verse 19: So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was ploughing with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak upon him. 20 And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, "Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you." And he said to him, "Go back again, for what have I done to you?" 21 And he returned from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him.

This was such a significant, even momentous, occurrence in the life of Elisha - and indeed Biblical history - that the Bible's succinct and totally accurate description of the event still left me longing for more. So I wrote more - very conscious of Paul's warning in 1 Corinthians 4:6 that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written. The facts are still the facts, but sometimes they have been enlarged, decorated, supplemented or augmented by my imagination which, I must emphasise, is itself based on biblical and historical research.

I do hope you are able to overlook any shortcomings and enjoy the book for what it is,

Elisha Reimagined

 

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