Blogs by John Howard Reid
Which cover do you prefer?
7/29/2011 9:58:17 PM
The distributor has changed the cover of my historical murder mystery/suspense novel, "PROPHET PRIEST AND KING". Frankly, I like the new cover better than the cover I designed myself for the regular printed edition as well as the Amazon Kindle ebook. The new cover has a haunting, spooky quality as well as the right historical atmosphere. Which cover do your prefer?
King Solomon is often equated with wisdom, but, contrary to popular belief, the Bible does not always portray him as wise and good.
In fact, the Bible also depicts him as an evil, cruel, hedonistic tyrant. The truth probably lies between these two Biblical extremes.
Here, perhaps, in this novel lies the real Solomon, the real prophet, priest and king. After all, he was a man whom the Bible fails to praise for his greatest accomplishment -- religious tolerance. Instead the Bible condemns and vilifies Solomon because he allowed the priests of Baal unhindered access to Palestine.
No doubt the king reasoned that if the priests were freely allowed to set up their Baals on many of the high places, they would win very few converts. On the other hand, if the priests were actively persecuted and thus given heaps of free publicity, they might well attract tens of thousands to their false beliefs.
So perhaps Solomon really was the fountain of Wisdom the Bible presents -- but maybe for the very opposite reasons?
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