More on God’s Call to Abram: Genesis 12:1-6

Character sketches are a tool to help us understand Bible stories more fully, to identify with the people, and to learn from their lives as they walked with God. I am writing out of reformed, Bible-centric, Holy-Spirit-led world and life view, seeing into these stories out of what could be called “my bias.” And I… Read More

God Calls Abram: Genesis 12:1-6

SET THE SCENE Abram entered Palestine in the Middle Bronze Age (2200-1550 BC). Palestine was inhabited in scattered city-states, and was not as densely populated or urbanized as Mesopotamia had been (Abram’s original home). Contemporary records from ancient Palestine are rare, and much of what is known comes from Egyptian texts. Over Abram’s lifetime, contact… Read More

Meet the Family and More: Genesis 11

I’m a fan of who-done-its, whether they are in book form, movies, or tv series (especially BBC versions). As we read God’s words spoken to us, we can imagine we are master detectives following the clues in order to get the whole picture. For example, as we examine Abram’s words, actions, and deeds, we note… Read More

Meet the Family: Genesis 11:27-32

God chooses Imperfect People: Abram and Sarai Character sketches illustrate the personality, flaws, motives, relationships, and ultimate journey of the people in a story. In order to really know them, we need to learn about their history: family, society, lifestyle, circumstances, and more. To write the stories of people who seem real to us, authors… Read More

God Chooses Imperfect People: Bible Study through Character Sketches

When your read stories or books, do you find characters whom you identify with? Do you ever wonder why a particular character draws you in so tightly? Do you do this with Bible characters? One of the genres in which I write is historical fiction of Biblical characters. I work hard to make the stories… Read More