Foreword

Foreword

The River Gihon (pronounced G as in girl, ee hon) is one of the four branches emanating from the river which rises up on the Garden of Eden.    We are told in Sirach 24:25 that it sparkles with the rich beauty of vintage time, and we know it as the privileged place of the anointing of the great king, Solomon, son of King David.  Therefore it can image for us all the delights of the course of Salvation History as recounted for us in the Bible, all the way from its first pages in the Book of Genesis to the last pages of the Book of Revelation:  all the way from Eden to the New City of the Great King.

My name is Sister Margaret Kob.  I live with my Community of Discalced Carmelite Nuns at Maria Hall in Danville, PA.  I would like to invite you to sit with me, dangling our feet together in the waters of the Gihon, delighting in each sparkle –  each personage, each event as it goes by in holy succession.  We will see the sparkles tumbling over each other somewhat playfully, shall we say, headless of exact historical order.  We will enjoy their colorful variety, some bright and others somber, but all shining in the light of the Sun who is Christ our Lord.  I ask you with great earnestness to follow through in searching out the footnoted references found on each page.  They will open for you an explosion of sparkles which will enrich your soul and bring you into a deeper knowledge and love of the Word of God.  This is my desire and prayer for each reader who accepts my invitation.