Stjernerne Journal, (No.6, 47th year,
pp.30-31), August 2002 - book review:
Moses and astronomical 'puzzles'
By AGNETE BAY, M.A., Psychologist
This is 3. Volume of Ove von Spaeth's unique work, the book-series entitled
"Assassinating Moses". Each volume is built on a specific aspect of Moses'
fate - and this time it is about Moses' incredible efforts of making the Israelites
escaping safe and sound out of Egypt. Each book can be read individually as completely
independently of a series.
For his studies
Ove von Spaeth uses an in many respects a less well-known concept:
astronomical dating. The time-calculation in his view belongs to the most accurate
and reliable among the methods for dating historical events. On the basis of an
enormous source material, both in scope and range exceeds most of what works of
such kind normally are taking into consideration, von Spaeth has reached the conclusions that
different from the often existing perception of Moses figure.
First and foremost, he has found extensive evidence of the view that Moses was
not of Hebrew but Egyptian descent as a royal son of Pharaoh's Daughter,
whom later became the famous female Pharaoh Hatshepsut; and in addition, that he
lived approx. 250 years earlier than commonly assumed. He was, according to the
Bible trained in "all the wisdom of Egypt" including a powerful
knowledge of the stars,
by which he is still being remembered among today's Samaritans in Israel
and among Jewish scholars who study the old font from antiquity, the so-called
A way for Moses' organizing the best possible time for the Israelite exodus from
Egypt was his use of astronomical methods: for example calculating the
moon phase dependent tide and low tide. This because it required an extraordinary
tide by their passing through a thus partially drained area of the Red Sea.
Because of that the
exodus had to take place by (the first) Easter in 1455 BC - timed so precisely
for the emigration group's departure 3 days earlier. Therefore, from the
Rabbinical Writings' exciting data about this it is possible
today to calculate the exact time of the event. When the departure began, the
situation was such that it - less usual - was both equinox and
full moon (of Easter) within the same night.
And further, when the invasion of the land of Canaan began and Moses and the Israelites'
"40 years of residence in the desert" terminated, the Bible describes a
special astronomical phenomenon as "a miracle" where "the sun stood still"
while an important battle was fought. The Bible mentions that this event
extended day so much that the Israelites - now under the leadership of
Moses' successor Joshua - could achieve to win the victory before nightfall,
where the enemy otherwise could have escaped. But the "miracle", as von Spaeth
points out, was due to the
extremely rare "Cleomedes' phenomenon".
This phenomenon can only appear at a total lunar eclipse in connection with a special terrain
and the refraction of the light beams from the two celestial bodies
in the lower and heaviest layer of the atmosphere. This will it look as if that
these celestial bodies dwell longer on the horizon, instead of passing.
The date of the battle in question has been calculated by von Spaeth on this basis
to be 25th June 1415 BC
- that is precisely as the Bible claims, namely 40 years after the departure from Egypt. The year
can also be confirmed independently by the archaeological excavations of the ancient
city of Jericho which in the same year was laid in ruins by the Israelites' invasion.
It goes without saying that a work such as this has raised quite a stir because
it breaks with many previous opinions of Moses' status and time of life, as well as giving a
significant response to the researchers who continue to believe that Moses figure
is a mythical person.
Despite Ove von Spaeth's extraordinarily large material with considerable
plausible evidence, it is by some people of the scientific world being regarded as
fantasies. On the other hand, not a small number of scientists have given the work
an impressive and enthusiastic reception; and the ordinary readers can look
forward to an extremely exciting material presented in such a compelling way
that it is by itself a pure pleasure to read this very distinguished book.
Ove von Spaeth: "The Vanished Successor"
- Assassinating Moses (3), C.A. Reitzel Publishers, 255 pages, illustr., 248 kr.
(written permission of
Agnete Bay to the free use by Ove von Spaeth)
As presented to "New Aspect" Journal, 13
March 2002 - Literature Article:
A remarkable world-class level research work
By SOEREN HAUGE, M.A., Intellectual History and Philosophy,
teacher and writer
In particular two names may be the first to appear in the mind of most people
when "the Bible" is being mentioned, namely Moses and Jesus. Especially the
famous "Law of Moses" almost presents Moses as the essence of the Old Testament
(although many others should be mentioned too), and Jesus is personifying the
Concerning Moses, the
immensely strong archetype and cultural figure in the mind of the western world,
a remarkable world-class research work has now been caried out by Ove von
Spaeth. His books also deal with a variety of often very unorthodox questions
too, among other things the esoteric-religious ideas in ancient Egypt.
With his detailed insight
in quite a number of interdisciplinary studies and his rare ability to create
syntheses, Ove von Spaeth is able to prove connections of sources establishing a
new comprehensive picture of Moses. With a firm base in existing facts "he in a
renewing way writes the history" and extends conspicuously the perspective on
the introduction to the religion and the cultural impulse which so thoroughly
has shaped us in our part of the world. This is a most welcome and needed
renewal of our ideas about central impulses as to the cradle of our European
A Single Example Shows the Way
Besides the prolific interest shown by many critics it is amazing that a number
of other critics have reacted quite violently without being able to produce a
serious argumentation. It may be that this is a question about "sacred cows"
simply required to be untouched and unspoken of and perhaps even emphasized by
the fact that Ove von Spaeth is an autodidact researcher and thus not fitting
into the line of recognized learned researchers.
Considering what a new
researcher will have to put up with, I am frankly amazed that in 21st century
this is where we stand. I can only say that the writer of the book-series on
Moses is acting exactly the way a real researcher should. Because Ove von Spaeth
kindly replies to critics with his factual and supporting comments, insisting on
and appealing to substantiating action and counter-action instead of encouraging
any unproductive, emotional scolding.
Irrespective of reactions
from certain representatives of the élite among the researchers, which for some
time may try to block for a testing of the discoveries and for factual
challenges to take new roads, Ove von Spaeth's works about the historical Moses
will no doubt be even more favoured by time. What a single example sets today
will later encourage many - as is well known.
(Soeren Hauge's written permission dated April
24, 2002, allows Ove von Spaeth to use this text on the Internet).
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A special treasure of knowledge and wisdom
of Greece, Rome, and the Renaissance had originated in Ancient Egypt -
and was here known to connect also with the historical Moses' dramatic
fate and mystery.
Ove von Spaeth has
written an intriguing, new-orientating work presenting this still
influential background of our civilization. • His interdisciplinary
research on history, archaeology, and anthropology goes deeply into
Egyptian tradition, history of religion, initiation cults, star-knowledge,
and mythology - relating to biblical studies, the Rabbinical Writings,
and the authors of Antiquity. • Each volume offers unique insights not
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