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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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More Blogs by John Howard Reid
• Names and Titles, Questions Answered - Thursday, November 10, 2011
• Win (Vincere) the 2009 movie - Saturday, September 17, 2011
• New Light on Movie Bests - Sunday, August 21, 2011
•  Which cover do you prefer? - Friday, July 29, 2011  
• Poetry News - Friday, July 08, 2011
• 6 Books in Top 18 Bestsellers at Amazon Kindle Today! - Saturday, October 30, 2010
• Movies Magnificent Hits the Number One Spot at Amazon's Kindle Store - Saturday, October 02, 2010
• Bestseller Number One in Performing Arts! - Thursday, September 23, 2010
• Popular Pictures of the Hollywood 1940s - Saturday, September 11, 2010
• Who Says Poetry Is Dead? - Wednesday, September 01, 2010
• "B" Movies, Bad Movies, Good Movies in Top Ten - Sunday, August 22, 2010
• 10 Books in Top 50 at Amazon Kindle Today! - Sunday, August 15, 2010
• On with the Merryll Manning motley! - Thursday, July 22, 2010
• Revising "Merryll Manning On the Rim of Heaven" - Thursday, July 08, 2010
• Merryll Manning Halfway - Saturday, February 20, 2010
• Almost Time for Another Newsletter - Saturday, January 30, 2010
• Always happy to receive encouraging reviews - Tuesday, January 19, 2010
• Progress Report: A Salute to Spanish Poetry 100 Masterpieces from Spain and Latin America - Tuesday, January 12, 2010
• A Salute to Spanish Poetry: 100 Masterpieces from Spain & Latin America - Monday, January 04, 2010
• What To Write Next - Monday, December 28, 2009
• Poetry for Poets - Thursday, December 17, 2009
• What Makes a Successful Poet? - Wednesday, December 16, 2009
• Naming Names - Sunday, December 13, 2009
• Margaret Havill Reid Poetry - Wednesday, December 09, 2009
• What Do Editors Do? - Sunday, December 06, 2009
• Love & City Dreaming - Friday, December 04, 2009
• MARK and JOHN - Thursday, November 26, 2009
• Psalms - Monday, November 23, 2009
• Classic Movie Posters - Thursday, November 12, 2009
• Poetry Contest Closes for 2009 - Sunday, October 04, 2009
• Weird Book-Buying - Sunday, August 02, 2009
• Traditional Verse? - Saturday, June 13, 2009
• Red Pencils at the Ready! - Wednesday, June 10, 2009
• Solomon's Song of Songs and Proverbs - Saturday, March 21, 2009
• Merryll Manning writing times - Friday, November 21, 2008
• Contests and Competitions - Wednesday, November 12, 2008
• A Frantic Week! - Sunday, November 09, 2008
• Silent Films & Early Talkies on DVD - Thursday, May 29, 2008
• Works in Progress - Friday, February 29, 2008


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