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The Peleg Chronicles:
THE CHRONICLES OF PELEG
Copyright 2009 by Matthew Christian Harding
Publication/Street Date: September 1st, 2009
$11.95/Zoe and Sozo Publishing
256 pages (232)
Ages: 10 and up
Young Adult Christian Reading
Christian Family Reading
Matthew Christian Harding
3034 Millers Landing Rd.
Gloucester VA 23061
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Young Earth Creation Fiction
Foundlings, book one of The Peleg Chronicles
is Historical Fiction that takes place in the
time period of Peleg, soon after the tower of
Babel dispersion. In its pages we meet
dragons, giants, false priests, the death hunt,
an under-city of the Dwarven Brotherhood,
and many memorable characters.
The story begins with Lord McDougal and his
faithful shield-bearer, Fergus Leatherhead,
departing their lands with giants at their
backs, while before them lie in wait denizens of
the bog-land and forest.
Ever ready to protect and serve others, they
gather in tow an assortment of displaced
adventurers and find themselves embroiled in
a mysterious search for the foundlings:
orphaned Thiery with his companion Horatio
the white wolf, and Suzie who has been
deceitfully retained by the thieves Elvodug and
Others also seek the foundlings, and their
purposes are most sinister - Dragon Priests
who practice cozen sacrifices, and their leader
Count Rosencross who is torn by his God given
conscience and his pursuit of personal glory.
Onward toward the city of Hradcanny they
travel, meeting with treachery, beast attacks,
camaraderie and psalms of praise with an eye
toward the gospel. Though their battles are at
times fierce and the outcomes uncertain, the
author maintains the integrity of these noble
characters, who through weakness are made
strong by Him in whom they trust.
Foundlings weaves together the Biblical
principles of chivalry, truth, courage, duty,
faith and love within the framework of Genesis,
and a bold adherence to its historicity. It's an
exciting page turner that leaves you wanting
more, but more importantly it leaves the
reader with Godly heroes to think on and
emulate, and a young earth creationist view of
history that conforms to the Word of God.
Do you represent dwarfs as another race, sort of like
they are found in Tolkien's books?
No. The Bible clearly states that we are all one blood; hence
we are all one race. In fact during the time period of Peleg's life,
if a person knew where Noah was, everyone on earth could
have walked up to him and called him either dad, or grandpa,
or great grandpa, etc. Two other facts are worth mentioning;
slavery has been around for most of human history; and some
people are shorter than others. In my book and in this
particular place of which I write, a kingdom has recently set
free the people whom they have enslaved - people less than
five feet tall (That's not that short for today's standards).
There are some people groups today with average heights
around five feet, or smaller. In the culture of which I write, they
are known as dwarfs or dwarves. These dwarfs have bonded
together and formed a brotherhood of protection and helps. I
understand that this is not the usual way we use the term
today; it is just a plausible use of the word for an ancient time
How does the witch fit in to the story?
There is a witch spoken of on the first page of Foundlings and
then she is mentioned one more time later in the story.
Witches do normally practice magic, though I have not
portrayed any in this book and I will not in future books. She
does prophecy a curse over Lord McDougal. Scripture speaks
of false prophets and curses. Her "curse" affects the
unbelievers because of their superstitions, i.e. they believe
that Lord McDougal is going to die. The "bad guys" then
want to make sure that happens. She is part of the plot
development which shows a society that is going further and
further from God's truth.
I understand that curses are not necessarily evil according to
scripture. For God curses things (the ground, those that curse
Israel, etc.) and occasionally tells His people to curse (at
mount Ebal - Deut. 27:13, the curse of Jotham - Judges 9:57
etc.). But it is obviously wrong to curse someone without God
sanctioning the curse.
Some parents and leaders within the church teach children that
certain kinds of magic are okay. This would be a "positive"
perspective. Some never mention or teach either way. This
would be "neutral". And some teach that magic is evil. This
would be a "negative" perspective. The last is the camp from
which I come. "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good
evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness" Isaiah
I try to treat subjects the way God does in His Word. He tells
us over and over again that witchcraft and magic are evil.
Those who practice such things exist, their influence has often
permeated cultures, and history has shown that most of the
early societies have rebelled against God and His ways. I have
portrayed a witch and priests of false gods in light of scripture
(For historical and Biblical examples look at the magicians of
Egypt and Babylon). This particular kingdom has a number of
people who still believe in and serve their Creator, but they are
a growing minority. These believers are not fearful of magic,
witches, idols, etc. and recognize them for what they are.
Furthermore, this topic (that witchcraft and magic is bad,
represented by a witch, but again, not showing her practicing
any magic) is one of the smaller themes within the story
though I believe an important one; it is only an element, and
not the main focus. Witchcraft and magic, etc. are evil.
Why do you use the term Historical Fiction "Fantasy"?
Actually, I wish I hadn't. Fantasy has too many negative
connotations from a Biblical perspective. When we are at
conferences I'm able to explain that I put the word in quotes,
because some of what the world calls fantasy, God calls fact or
reality. The Peleg Chronicles has dragons/dinosaurs on the
earth with man, giants, some mega fauna, and a
technologically advanced civilization at a time when secular
evolutionists don't expect to see them. So what is normally
thought of as fantasy is actually part of the exciting truth that
is God's world. By using the word fantasy I have inadvertently
given the opposite message of what I intended. I reject
mysticism, magic, creatures that are half human and half
animal, occult beings, talking dragons, etc.
Is there a unit study available?
Learn For Your Life has made a unit study available. Just
follow their link. I would be happy to answer any questions
you or your children have concerning the book. And after the
third book in the series, God willing, we intend to make a
companion book, investigating the historical, Biblical, and
character building themes throughout.
What is your position on giants and their relationship to
One of the passages of scripture implied by the question is
found in Genesis 6: "There were giants in the earth in those
days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto
the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same
became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." This is
a difficult question and not made perfectly clear by scripture.
While there is a doctrine of giants - concerning their origins - to
which I lean, I do not share it within the books, nor do I intend
to. It is enough that God says they have indeed existed.
Scripture, at times, uses the word man when referring to giants
and talks about sons of giants. Therefore I treat them as large
men, just as able to receive salvation, though perhaps not as
likely, due to their richness of size and strength - i.e. pride of
life. I've listed many of the scriptures concerning Giants in the
World of Peleg section if you would like to see more.
What was your purpose for writing this book? and How
will it benefit my family?
I love hearing and learning about God's truth. There is an
incredible amount of nonfiction Genesis/Creation material that
brings glory to God, and gets our family super excited about
our Savior, and lays a foundation of faith for the rest of
Scripture. Things like, the long lives of mankind before and
even after the flood; where and how the ice age fits in;
understanding the fascinating world of dinosaurs, mastodons,
mega-fauna, and "cave-men"; getting the tools to build a
Biblical worldview of mankind, technology, and so called "out
of place artifacts"; gaining insight into people groups, the table
of nations, and language through the Tower of Babel
dispersion; aligning oneself with and defending the only
worldview that is logically consistent ... and much, much more.
I wanted to write books of fiction for our youth and adults that
would strengthen these beliefs, and give another platform from
which to excite and exhort our children to believe the Bible
literally - every word. I also desire to give them exciting stories
that help train them in Godly character.
Attacks on the Word, creation, and chronology, lead us into a
raging battle of apologetics, giving an answer ... it is so
exciting, and your children will think it's exciting. I want to
exhort parents to enter the battle with their children, share it
with them, and get them fired up to cross swords with
fallacious attempts at dethroning God.
I believe the Peleg Chronicles will give you another venue for
speaking truth into your children's lives. Just look at the
repetitive bombardment of evolution and humanism our families
are exposed to. We can't be neutral in our approach towards
false ideology, or our culture will dictate what is taught by
default. And reading works of fiction are one of the powerful
ways that learning occurs. That's why we must be cautious and
purposeful in choosing what our children are reading.
What age group is this written for?
Ten and up. As a read aloud, younger children could
participate, though I wouldn't think any younger than seven or
Is there any romance in the book?
What is historical and what is fiction?
The story line is fiction. All characters are fictional. No people
from the Bible are present in the story, but they are mentioned
at times as living somewhere on the earth - Noah, Job, Peleg,
Mizraim, and Japheth (There will never be any people or events
portrayed in my books which are mentioned in the Bible
because I am personally fearful of adding to God's Word.) The
nearness to the Flood is historical, the mentioning of the Tower
of Babel and the dispersion, dragons/dinosaurs with man, the
so called "ice age", and giants are all historical. There are out of
place artifacts, known today as OOPARTs, within the story line
- Greek Fire, metallurgy, advanced math, physics, optics,
cartography, engineering etc. which are evidenced throughout
archeology today, though most of the evidence is either
ignored or reinterpreted through evolutionary eyes.
The details of how all these aspects came together are
necessarily vague because we just don't have much
documentation the further back in time we look. A dividing of
people groups through the Tower of Babel dispersion would
have caused much culture and technology loss, the extent of
which would vary according to the circumstances encountered
for each group.
Beyond these elements, I also took many of the character and
place names, and religious and cultural practices from more
recent ancient history. A kind of building backwards of
historical elements, that were not necessarily part of the time or
place brought to life in the Peleg Chronicles, but at least