I'll get into that in a bit, but for now let's look at what is known and believed about one of the most interesting groups of people I've come across in my research-- The Carites.
First off, not much is absolutely known. There seems to be only two scripture references .
In the seventh year of Jehoida sent for the commanders of units of a hundred, the Carites and the guards and had them brought to him at the temple of the Lord.
2 Kings 11:4
Joab was over Israel's entire army; Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the the Kerethites and the Pelethites.
2 Samuel 20:23
The International Bible Encyclopedia states the Carites are one ready; a lifeguardsman.
There are many beliefs about where the Carites, part of an elite guard, came from. Some believe they were Philistines from David's time in Ziklag, others believe they were a group of men who fled Crete, while others believe, according to the Haggadah,that the Carites were a group of men decreed to be the Great Sanhedrin. There seems to be some credence to this as there are scripture references stating foreigners should/would never be allowed within the temple. However, one has to wonder, I mean seriously, God has never done things as man expected.
I chose to write the Carites as a long line of Philistine men who have passed down their ancestor's vow to protect the line of King David. With this, I decided that these dedicated Philistine men are not only well trained in warfare but also well versed in the Hebrew scripture, which gives them, at times, a better understanding of Hebrew culture than the Hebrews themselves have, especially since the Hebrews often turned to idolatry and worshiped foreign gods. Whoa! That's a mouth full, huh?
Now remember, I'm not saying that is actually how it was, but that's how I chose to depict them in my first set of fiction books. In the future, I may write a Carite from Crete, or as one decreed to be part of the Great Sanhedrin. Who knows, other possibilities may arise as I do more research.
Have you heard of the Carites? If so, what is it you've been taught? If not, do you have any thoughts on this mysterious group of people?
BIO:Born and raised in Kansas, where she currently lives with her husband and children, Christina loves to read stories with happily ever afters, research, take photos, knit scarves, dig into her ancestry, fish, visit the ocean, write stories with happily ever afters and talk about her family and Jesus.
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