Kristeligt Dagblad, Daily, - 7 August 2001,
page 8, - book review:
By LARS TJALVE, M.A. in Theology, pastor
In the Old Testament research say there has - to put it mildly - not been agreement
Moses. Although he is the unquestionable main character of the Bible's "Books of Moses",
anyway the differences
begin when the discussion is directed to whether he was a historical person
or not; and in the past 100 years it has featured virtually every opportunity,
from a purely fictitious person, an invented ancestor, to various attempts to
link him with a desert priesthood on the Sinai Peninsula. But this is hardly an
exaggeration to say that the historical Moses has been shrouded in the mists of
the myths and legends.
There is something both
impressive and terrifying about Ove von Spaeth's attempt to rediscover the
historical Moses. I have not read the first volume of von Spaeth's major work, announced in
the many volumes. But the current second volume - on assassinating Moses
- is incentive reading.
Von Spaeth is an immensely learned
person - obviously at
ease in the difficult disciplines of Egyptology - he deciphers inscriptions, sculptures, calendars,
historical records and much more with a brilliant breadth of view; and the
result can be said to be nothing less than striking.
How can it be that a
so "well-certified" historical person has disappeared out of the consciousness
of the research-people?
Von Spaeth answers: "Moses was ritually executed, and the ritual was accompanied by a
magic curse and particularly expressing dissolution of his official
identity. Furthermore, throughout the country a comprehensive
destruction of his posthumous reputation was soon launched. By this, Moses was,
while alive, officially rendered non-existent":
Von Spaeth's opinion is
of making it clear that Moses was an Egyptian prince, thus actually the son
of Pharaoh's Daughter, and as such is designated to be Pharaoh.
His mother was Queen Hatshepsut who gave him birth in February 1534 BC She is
remarkable by managing to crown herself to be Pharaoh. Von Spaeth sees this as
an attempt to ensure her son's candidacy for the pharaoh title.
The person Jethro who in the
Bible is Moses' father-in-law, was, according to von Spaeth a senior member of
the royal family and bearing the river-god title Iteru - i.e. here biblical Jethro. But Moses had a
half-brother whom his (step)father, Pharaoh Tuthmosis II, had with a hareem
woman. He got Moses outmanoeuvred to make himself ruling, later under the name of Tuthmosis III.
However, Hatshepsut's son
is not known under the name of Moses; he
is also named Senmut and seems to have been something of a polymath. Very early
he achieves the high-level positions as a royal deputy and minister of finances
and taxes. But he is also a brilliant architect and army general - all of which von Spaeth has documented
investigations inside grandiose tomb constructions which Senmut had made both for his mother
(the queen) and for himself.
Von Spaeth presents what
it could determine the existence of a special ritual for royal infants, which just
makes the prince
come floating on the river, then to be placed in the care of a wet nurse.
And we have actually found Senmut's/Moses' nurse as a mummy in 1936!
Husband and wife were buried as royal foster parents. In his own tomb a star map
is found, it is unique in its specification of the celestial bodies' arrangement, which
confirms the date, the date on which Moses was born, according to Rabbinic
Now, von Spaeth presents an
extensive series of specific parallels between Senmut and Moses, which will indicate
that it could be one and the same person. The most conspicuous is that they disappear from
Egyptian history at the same time. What happened? The priesthood established a
and they found a willing tool in the later Tuthmosis III who just seems to
have been a priest before he makes his entre to the historical arena.
First, Moses' nurse is
eradicated; and then the situation also hits Moses. According to the Bible, Moses had to
flee because of the death of an Egyptian slave master. It was an arranged trap,
according to von Spaeth, as there was death penalty for attacking pharaoh's herald.
Perhaps the killing was fictitious; and so was the ritual execution of Moses,
too. Von Spaeth connects all of this with the rituals which also deal with "the king's
renewal magic by a substitute victim".
Moses was, thus,
substitute-sacrificed so that the king - the new Tuthmosis III - could appear with renewed
vigour. Von Spaeth goes further linking it with the ritual fratricide with lines
of connection both to the Cain-Abel and Osiris-Seth. Senmut/Moses is then fleeing
- but not as in the part known from the Bible directly to the north. Not at first anyway. He seeks the
south where he performs other heroic deeds, but Tuthmosis looking for him
in the north. And then the iconoclastic riot takes place: Statues crushed, inscriptions cut out and
changing the texts, thus Tuthmosis replaces Senmut.
Von Spaeth's achievements
are impressive - and to a great extent convincing. The production is exciting as a
crime story; and it is also a crime to be discovered. When I have to declare certain
scepticism, then it's not because of the account and presentation but the book's appendix which
exposes some rather rambling theories on Jesus' death.
Von Spaeth suggests that
Jesus did not die not "for real". He quotes the Quran (!): "They either killed or crucified
him, but it only seemed as such". Again, von Spaeth finds ritual and fratricide in
the relationship Barabbas-Jesus. But here we are on more safe historical ground.
And I can not help but
ask: Are von Spaeth's theories of Moses - despite the thorough documentation -
just as discursively speculative? Will I be convinced only because I do not
know much about the subject in this lighting?
But let it be! this book
definitely thrilling and worth reading; and makes you look forward to the
sequel. But what have our universities' Moses-experts to say about it?
Ove von Spaeth: "The Enigma of the Son of Pharaoh's
Daughter: Moses' Identity and Mystery Re-evaluated", Assassinating of Moses,
vol. 2, 239 pages, C.A. Reitzel publ.
(Lars Tjalve's written permission
2.Oct.2001 for free text use by Ove von Spaeth)
Visdomsnettet.dk, - Spring 2006 -
review in general:
Moses and Senmut - and extremely systematic and
By ERIK ANSVANG, writer, lecturer, Egypt-culture-guide
The Danish writer and explorer, Ove von Spaeth, has published his explorations
in five volumes about Moses. This book-series, titled "Assassinating Moses", presents well-documented information which
reverses our traditional conception of Moses and his life.
Parallel facts about Senmut and Moses
Moses, was he an Egyptian
and therefore not a Jew? - Indeed, who was Moses really? Ove von Spaeth's
extremely systematic and detailed research discloses that the lives of Moses and
Senmut, the Egyptian chief-architect, are surprisingly identical.
The amount of identical
events is simply overwhelming. Indications concerning identity questions are
supported by Ove von Spaeth's books with their comprehensive collection of exact
source exemplifications and actually parallel facts about the status, the
positions, and the works of Senmut and Moses.
The potential of this
intelligent, creative, innovative initiator, Senmut, who was closely associated
with the royal family, is in so many ways identical to many specific areas
exactly according to what the Rabbinical Writings and other ancient sources
inform about Moses' varied talents and actions; and thus - also according to the
Bible - he had the title, "The Son of Pharaoh's Daughter".
To see the connection
between Senmut and Moses requires of course a starting point in respect of the
natural scientific objective ideal as far as eliminating preconceived ideas are
concerned, so that research can be done with a new view on the displaced sources
Normally, the biblical research
has so far been carried out as if Moses is only known in the biblical version.
Thus hitherto in the research of this lines by and large all Egyptian, Greek, Roman,
Indian, and Arab traditions, and the records of the oldest Church fathers, have mostly been restrained as disturbing elements.
Ove von Spaeth's
book-series is a genuinly good foundation for the teaching about Moses.
Ove von Spaeth: "The Enigma of the Son of the
Pharaoh's Daughter: - Moses' Identity and Mystery Reviewed", - C.A. Reitzel
publishers, 2000 - 239 pages - "Assassinating Moses", 2.
Forum/news, moses-egypt.net - 9
October 2011 - Introductury review:
Cross-references with regard to specific events in
By ANU KUMAR, Ph.D. in English Literature, Pittsburgh University, and
M.A. in Sanskrit Studies,
Book: "The Enigmatic Son of Pharaoh’s
Daughter. - Moses' Identity and Mystery Re-evaluated",
Ove von Spaeth
This second book on Moses and the historical material develops his Egyptian context in greater detail and
outlines his early career with events preceding the Exodus.
von Spaeth's method consists of bringing together ancient
texts, such as the ancient
and existing Egyptian inscriptions and manuscripts and comparing their accounts
for cross-references with regard to specific events in Egyptian history. From these, as well as
from astronomical records, the author suggests that Moses was probably born to
Queen Hatshepsut 3,500 years ago, and rose to power as a high-ranking leader among
the Egyptian elite. He was ousted in a coup, along with his mother, and records
of his existence were systematically erased. A significant portion of
the book consists of presenting a series of close parallels between the rise and
fall of Queen Hatshepsut’s chief consul, Senmut (Senenmut) - whose astronomical
representation of the skies is the
known Egyptian star-map - and the figure of Moses.
Anu Kumar, Ph.D. in English Literature, Pittsburgh
University; M.A. in Sanskrit Studies, Copenhagen University; Associate
Professor in Hindi, Aarhus University, - (9.Oct.2011).
Ove von Spaeth: "The Enigmatic Son of Pharaoh’s Daughter: Moses’
Identity and Mystery Re-evaluated. - Assassinating Moses, Vol. 2. -
ISBN 87-7876-195-6 - Danish title: 'Gaaden om Faraos Datters
Son', C.A. Reitzel Publishers,
Copenhagen 2000, 239 pages, illstr., DKK 248.
(Text has written approval
from Anu Kumar at 20.Dec.2011 for free use by OvS.)
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