Other scientists and scholars' introductions, in full length,
as published in Ove von Spaeth's "Prophet and Unknown Genius", VOLUME 5
of his book-series "Assassinating Moses".
In addition, the table of Contents of Vol. 5.
LEO HJORTSOE: INTRODUCTION TO VOLUME 5
A sensational account of the first prophet of the Bible - Moses. Ove von
Spaeth provides an impressive depiction of a man straddling the dividing
line between history and prehistory and who according to this congenial
depiction actually created this line.
The presentation is
executed in a refreshingly purposeful way - and with an unusually fine
classification of the prolific material. The broad perspective is
additionally supported by the consideration that the text is not borne by a
continued discussion of predecessors' views of on the topics, a principle
which in this context is by no means objectionable and naturally follows the
same procedure that are the hallmark of the five books of the series - these
volumes are like brethren, a gigantic work - and a giant's work.
The admiration of the
work's main character is captivating, and the sources trotted out by the
author bear witness to a fantastically erudite author whose method of
presentation enables the reader to span vast distances in time and
Leo Hjortsoe, University Lecturer in Classical Philology, - of
the University of Copenhagen
HENNING BREINDAHL: INTRODUCTION TO VOLUME 5
With regard to Ove von Spaeth, I have to be perfectly true. This man is
unique. Time after time - again and again, I am amazed by his texts. Perhaps
they're not always the quickest books to read that's true, but calmly
studying them provides much more value, enlightenment, and knowledge. Ove
von Spaeth is knowledgeable of historical sciences and possesses amazing
knowledge, but I am more astonished by everything else he is in addition:
surprisingly well informed on astronomy, philosophy, history from antiquity
to the present, legends, traditions, sagas and myths, studied in the Bible,
and linguistically oriented in Hebrew, Greek, Latin and more.
But among the best attributes
of all is Ove von Spaeth's ability to intuitively pursue comparative,
unprejudiced studies and research so that every source and aspect illustrates the
matters and makes his texts as important - and valuable. This is more than
good - it is unique excellence.
What impresses me and
that which I find to be of particular interest is the entire
Biblical-astronomical research presented throughout the texts. Von Spaeth
propels the Bible and its books into an overwhelming light of knowledge,
insight, and wisdom - a truly divine source of eternal wonder in continual
development. I know what I'm talking about when I assess his work. But most
of all, he knows what he's talking about.
Henning Breindahl, Writer, Member of Dansk Forfatterforening
(DFf) (Society of Danish Authors)
BENT MELCHIOR & STIG JORGENSEN: CONCERNING VOL. 5's CHAPTERS ABOUT
THE LAW OF MOSES
WThe following two introductions apply separately and solely to the study
in the book's three chapters regarding the controversy between researchers
concerning the Laws of Moses:
"... An impressive piece of work which may prove to be a momentous
contribution to the discussion, in my opinion. ..."
Bent Melchior, Chief Rabbi of Denmark, and Rabbi for the Jewish
"... Read with great interest - and in recognition of many fine observations
and details. ..."
Stig Jorgensen, LLD, Professor, Institute of Jurisprudence,
University of Aarhus
- of Vol. 5: "Prophet and Unknown Genius"
P A R T 1 1: THE HISTORICAL STATUS OF MOSES - REASSESSED 11
genius who should have been known only as a prophet 2: Repressed Historical Information 15
unknown life in Egypt. - A gifted person, famed far and wide
P A R T 2 3: MOSES AS A HIGHLY EDUCATED EGYPTIAN CROWN PRINCE
texts on Moses as son of Pharaoh's Daughter. - Congenital risk of assassination 4: Moses as a Strategist and Commander: Unconventional
military upbringing. - In love and war, unconventional ploys 5: Moses the Strategist and Commander: Survival Expert41
special laws for the military. - Moses in a military role 6: Moses the Architect and Inventor49
Leonardo da Vinci of Antiquity' 7: Moses the Philosopher52
Sophisticated philosophy early in Antiquity. - Was Moses 'imitated' by Plato?
8: Moses the Magician60
famous magician of Antiquity. - Magicians duelling. - Parting of the waters 9: Moses the Alchemist and Healer 73
Plagues of Egypt. - The subjugation of snakes 10: Moses the Astronomer: Inventor of a New Calendar79
special year on which to model Moses' calendar? - "The gift" from Moses. 11: Moses the Astronomer: the Celestial Expert behind the Book of
the texts about Moses and the stars. - Egyptian constellations in the Bible 12: Moses the Astronomer: Earliest Known Great Astronomer 94
and warnings of the stars. - The Church stigmatizes Moses' celestial teachings 13: Moses the Legislator: the Humane Law Project 105
Great Legislator over the ages. - Laws to protect the environment and animals 14: Moses the Legislator: Disputed as the Author113
Mythology contributed to the presentation of the law. - Age of the law? 15: Moses the Legislator: the Classic Laws129
Problematic rules. - Characterized by foresight
16: Moses the Inventor of the Alphabet: Recognized in Myth and
Commandments written using world's first alphabet. - Moses' name found in Sinai? 17: Moses the Inventor of the Alphabet: Characterized by Egyptian
and Thoth, the god of writing. - The alphabet existed before it was invented 18: Moses the Inventor of the Alphabet: the New Script and Moses'
letter of the law and magical symbols. - Secret script for Moses' allies
P A R T 3 19: FORGOTTEN SIDES OF MOSES' POSTHUMOUS REPUTATION193
hidden denial of Moses 20: Moses - Regains His Place in History 197
Resistance to the historical existence of Moses APPENDIX: The Murder of History 203 -
Bibliography: for the series' 5 volumes 214-265
PREFACE BY AUTHOR: The re-evaluation of the historical
Moses' work and status - presented also through series of special treaties
within his books - is based on interdisciplinary scientific and cultural
historical research, connecting archaeological findings, textual research, and
astronomical dating, all being evaluated in relation to the Bible, the
Rabbinical Writings, and various important authors of Antiquity.
Many handed-down sources
and findings have, for the first time, been put into a greater context and
should be judged in its entirety. The clues and indications
presented should be considered a "special offer" to further research.
A number of researchers
and experts have from their separate fields of science most kindly contributed
with guidance, criticism, argumentation, and encouragement. Naturally, these
experts are not responsible for the way in which their information has been
Special thanks concerning all the 5
volumesare offered to: Historical
Astronomy: Kristian Peder Moesgaard, D.Sc. Professor, History of
Science Department, Aarhus University - Director of the Steno Museum, The
Danish National Museum for the History of Science, Aarhus University. Egyptology:
Erik Iversen, Ph.D.,h.c., Assistant Professor, formerly Department of Egyptology, University of
Copenhagen; - Eva Richter Aeroe, M.A., Assistant Professor, Carsten Niebuhr Institute,
University of Copenhagen; - Geoffrey T. Martin, Prof.D., Department of
Egyptology, London University, England. Hebrew
Philology/Bible- and Talmud Texts: Egon K. Keck, M.A. in Semitic
Languages, Subject Adviser, Dep. of Judaism, The Royal National Library of
Denmark, Copenhagen; - S. Heimann, Rabbi, formerly Dep. of Judaism,
The Royal National Library of Denmark, Copenhagen; - Jens-André P.
Herbener, M.A. in Semitic Philology and Comparative Religion, and Project
leader, at The Royal National Library of Denmark, of the new scholarly
translation into Danish of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). Biblical Research:
Jes P. Asmussen, Ph.D. et Theology, Professor, the Carsten Niebuhr
Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Copenhagen; - Bent
Melchior, former Chief Rabbi of Denmark; - Jakob H.
Groenbaek, B.D., Subject Adviser, Royal Library, Copenhagen; - Eduard
Nielsen, B.D., Professor, Dep. of Biblical Exegesis, University of
Copenhagen; - Niels Peter Lemche, B.D., Professor, Dep. of Biblical
Exegesis, University of Copenhagen. History of
Religions: Jes P. Asmussen, Ph.D. et D.D. theol.h.c., Professor,
formerly Carsten Niebuhr Institute for Near Eastern Studies, University of
Copenhagen. Josephus Research:
Per Bilde, D.D., Study of Religion, Professor, Aarhus University. Assyriologi:
Aage Westenholz, M.A., Professor, Carsten Niebuhr Institute, University of
Copenhagen. Greek Philology
and Mythology: Leo Hjortsoe, Assistant Professor, Department of
Greek and Latin, University of Copenhagen. Latin Philology:
Peter Zeeberg, PhD, Latin Language and Literature, Professor,
Copenhagen University,& The Society for Danish Language and
Literature. Arabian Philology
and History: Ellen Wulff, M.A., Carsten Niebuhr Institute,
Professor, University of Copenhagen; - Philippe Provencal, M.A.,
Semitic Philology, Aarhus University. History:
Jens Jörgensen, MA in History, former Headmaster, officiately appointed
examiner in history at the Universities of Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense. Renaissance History: Alex Wittendorff, Ph.D.,
Professor, Departement of
History, University of Copenhagen. Alchemy History:
Johannes Fabricius, Ph.D., Professor, Blaagaard National College for Teachers. Military Strategy
History: Michael H. Clemmesen, Cand.Phil., Brigade General, formerly
The Academy of Defence.
History of Law: Stig Jorgensen, LLD, Professor, Institute of
Jurisprudence, University of Aarhus Glaciochronologi:
Claus Hammer, Ph.D., Professor, Geophysical Dep., The Niels Bohr Institute,
University of Copenhagen. Principles of the
Jewish/Mosaic Calendar: Bent Lexner, Chief Rabbi of Denmark, Copenhagen. Astronomical
Calculation: Leif Kahl Kristensen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,
Department of History of Science, Aarhus University; - K.A. Ternoe,
M.A., formerly Department of Physics, Danish Post-Graduate Training College
for Teachers, Copenhagen; - Kyril Fabrin, Assist.
Professor, Mathematics & Astronomy, formerly Aalborg University; -
H. Quade Rasmusen, Astronomer, Kalundborg, DK; - F.R. Stephenson,
D.C., Astronomer, University of Durham, England; - David Dunham, DC,
Astronomer, US Naval Observatory, Washington DC, USA. Further thanks to: Rune Engelbreth Larsen, M.A. in History of Ideas
and History of Religion; - Erik Dal, Ph.D., Chief librarian, The Royal
National Library of Denmark, Copenhagen; - Eva Björnböl,
Research-librarian, Cairo; - Jannie Fursund, LLD, Assistant Professor;
- Christoffer Gertz Bech, M.A. in Philosophy and Greek Philology; - Jeppe
Berg Sandvej, Ph.D., in Theology and History of Ideas; - Erling Haagensen, Writer, and Film Director; - Asmus Koefoed, Bach.Phys.; - Sidney
Maage, Principal, Ministry of Defences; - Karine Smidth, Journalist
- Anny Höegh, superv., DI; - Sven Tito Achen, Symbology Historian, and Council Secretary, formerly The Danish Research Council for the Humanities;
- Bodil Eeg Neumann, Techn.A.; - Henry Lincoln, Writer, Researcher;
- Raymond Bildstedfelt, Inf.Director, DI; - Guni Martin, Instructor,
Writer, Publisher; - Marianne Illum, proofreader; - Evan Bogan,
Publ. Director; - The Staff of The Royal National Library of Denmark, and of Dep. II of the Copenhagen University Library; - Construction of
Computer Programs: Laurids Pedersen, Nysted, DK; - Cynthia Gyldenholm, Translator; - Ulla Hoff, H.D., English language,
Translator; - Astronomical Computer
Calculations: Jarl Hansen, Macro Systems Internet, Coín, Spain. - Special thanks to
C.A. Reitzel's Publishing Director, Svend Olufsen, who, with his great
commitment has published this book-series.
- ABSTRACTS - summary
and some guiding clues
OVE VON SPAETH:
Prophet and Unknown Genius
- Illuminating Moses the Advanced
Volume 5 of the series
- Valuable findings about the Bible's greatest prophet who was a highly educated
Egyptian prince and a claimant to the throne. He created an advanced code of law
but many of his revolutionary and visionary innovations were later ignored ...
New knowledge about the
real person behind the myth and his influence as well as importance for our
current cultural contexts. Antiquity greatly esteemed Moses for his
versatile talents as a military commander, philosopher, mystic, magician,
healer, inventor, and a learned astronomer.
The book utilizes and
re-vitalizes unique material from new discoveries and finds, revealing
unknown aspects of the enigma of the historical Moses. As well, it uncovers
Moses' far-ranging and exceptional achievements as recorded in rare and
The Mosaic Law, for example, is a most advanced ancient
code with remarkably modern elements: environmental laws, social laws,
asylum rights, human rights law, debt relief, animal protection, hygiene
rules, and military ethics.
In addition, the book
uncovers an astronomical background for the Pentateuch texts which mention
stars and celestial bodies as well as his calendar for the Israelites. The
book contains a comprehensive presentation of historical relationships to
the world's first alphabet - the Sinai-alphabet - also indicated in the
Bible which is the oldest book written with the use of the alphabet.
is one of our early history's most insightful and spiritual personalities.
The book brings to life unique material about Moses' extraordinary and
eventful background in and outside of Egypt.
Key Phrases :
Moses as a general, the ten plagues of Egypt, Pharaoh's
wars, the world's oldest alphabet, the Laws of Moses,
Torah, religion and law, Jewish lunar calendar,
Egyptian astronomy, ancient historical knowledge,
philosophy, alchemy in the Bible, archaeology,
anthropology, chronology research, cultural history,
star cult, religious history, the Ten Commandments,
theology, dream omens, oracles, Tabernackle,
Sinai excavations, Cadmus, the Old Testament,
Pentateuch, the five Books of Moses, Exodus,
creation myths, Egyptology, Ove von Spaeth, Philo,
Josephus, Diodorus, Herodotus, mythology research,
* * * * *
The Volume 5 about the historical Moses opens to a current
rediscovery of his astonishing influence on the past, already troubled
Middle East - and also connecting important special circumstances today.
A number of enigmatic
features in many important ancient documents have now been more clarified by
an extraordinary research work. It is new and exciting information that we
now are getting access to.
In everyday language and
in our conceptual world Moses appears more frequently than most other older
biblical characters. But who was he really?
This book vitalizes
unique materials of new discoveries and interesting finds, revealing new
aspects of the enigma of Moses at important historical interrelationships.
His code of law is surveyed and enlightening its ethical survival factors
which are essential to this very day as well.
The enigma of the historical Moses
Illuminating Moses the
- What could provoke the ten plagues of Egypt?
- Did Moses' creation text contain Egyptian
- How could Moses have invented the alphabet?
- What did Moses know, in the scriptures, about the
- How much of the texts are documented by
Moses is known as one of the most insightful and spiritual personalities
of early recorded history. After several decades of painstaking research
into the sources of ancient history, the book introduces a number of
surprising discoveries about Moses, brought to light through years of
Moses appears more
frequently in our modern usage and conceptual framework than most other
Biblical figures. But what was his real identity? Many oft-suppressed
sources have been studied and compared to the most recent achievements of
research. This includes the revelation of several items of previously
unnoticed evidence about Moses' historic and dramatic fate, in and outside
of Ancient Egypt.
The unusual data about
Moses' status and activities include several rediscovered historical pieces
of information previously rejected by researchers due to the more limited
perspective of their respective eras. Some of these notions, such as that
Moses was a fictional character, gained a foothold in scientific approaches
- even to this very day. But there is simply too much evidence and tradition
to enable his historical presence to be wiped out.
A bibliography of rare
great proportions is added to the book, additionally supplemented and
updated by sources from the other volumes. It probably constitutes the most
comprehensive collection of scientific works, articles and treatises about
Moses in the world. The book also includes a comprehensive bibliography of
Egyptian astronomy and chronology.
In the book, a series of
previously enigmatic circumstances in the old scriptures about Moses are
presented with a direct connection to ancient history. The new, specific and
interesting information, which hereby receives a wider audience, is in
several instances actually capable of renewing and expanding knowledge of
Moses and his continued influence down through the ages.
Who was he?
Based on a series of
often rarely explored ancient sources about Moses the new book introduces
much ignored evidence material concerning his actual historical existence
and dramatic fate - some concrete facts indicating very precisely his
presence in ancient Egypt. Hitherto, it had surprised researchers, even for
centuries, that Moses should not have left any trace in Pharaoh's land.
Moses - although
well-known from the Old Testament as the person who liberated Israelites
from Egyptian suppression and in the desert gave his people the stone tables
with the law - the Law of Moses. However, it is a fact that he was so much
more (a true renaissance man - by a modern expression) which is highlighted
in this volume with a characterization of Moses as a military strategist,
architect, magician, astronomer, alchemist, legislator, philosopher, and
with a main influence on the invention of the letter alphabet. Thus an
unusual personality, an ancient polymath - about whom the book carefully is
documenting the many sources including some startling discoveries of
Each of the individual
chapters can stand alone by itself and be read independently - an important
background in the whole picture is that Moses was originally known as a son
of Queen Hatshepsut who early in her life was chosen crown princess and had
the true title "Pharaoh's daughter".
In the same whole picture
belongs that Moses was educated to be a successor of the Pharaoh but was
through intrigues tricked from achieving the throne, an event which became
the incentive for Moses starting a rebellion: - he then turned to the
Hebrew (Israelite, later Jewish) people and lead their exodus out of Egypt.
In the same time he let this people be carrier of a new religion, in fact,
this religion naturally contains some ancient Egyptian elements of world
conception and spiritual knowledge. As a heir to the throne Moses has been
inaugurated to the innermost core of the Egyptian mystery cult which he
renewed and in a fruitful generating form passed on to the world.
The politics of the rebellion
The book clarifies the
interesting scenario - and how it can be observed in minute detail in the
Rabbinical Writings and other ancient sources - concerning how Moses was
forced away from Pharaoh's court; and moreover, the crucial moment when he
placed himself at the head of the Hebrew-Israelite immigrant workers. In the
same time it can now be seen more specifically how Moses ably exploited the
early tension field of the Middle East and with these Israelite groups
eventually launched a revolt in Egypt. When this failed, only then the
Israelites sought new land.
In addition, the book
illuminates many notable events from the Israelite desert journey where the
Bible's texts about Moses have focused more on many other things than to
illustrate the direct historical context.
By a first impression the
biblical texts about Moses seem to create a picture of a bunch of subdued
'slaves' fleeing from being maltreated. But there is no usable explanation
of how such a slave flock could leave Egypt, armed as an army, and it also
has to ne noted that among these refugees there could be treasures enough to
produce a golden calf in the desert.
The Bible's Moses
narrative by itself is not mostly occupied with giving answers to these
questions, and modern theological research is often without a clue and then
got lost in a jungle of theories only. However, this is precisely why it is
so important to read this new and comprising research with its answers to
these and many other puzzles - by using a genuine historical path and with
the support also by antiquity's most original contemporary texts.
Moses was the first known
founder of a religion. But the book is also showing its traces of a
synthesis of the ancient Egyptian spiritual knowledge. It is a historical
fact that early traces of "monotheism" (actually monolatry) with the
teachings about one chosen (creator)god rather than the group of different
gods, were known in Egypt in 1400 century BC - i.e. in the era of Moses.
According to the
writers of antiquity, Moses wanted to establish his own ideas about a
reforming of the Egyptian religion. The priesthood obviously had good
reasons to protect itself.
The present book also
provides information about Manetho, the Egyptian-Greek writer, 280 BC, who
had access to the famous Alexandrian Library documents which Pharaoh Ptolemy
had ordered collected from all the ancient Egyptian temple libraries.
Manetho informs us that
Moses had presented a programme with religious reforms already prior to the
exodus from Egypt, and that his accession as leader of the revolt took place
in the Lower Egyptian town of On, Heliopolis, 'the city of the sun'. The
Moses religion was, naturally, influenced also of the past, but an important
command was that "thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself". It was later,
when Jesus was quoting Moses, this proverb got its widely known significance
Oldest alphabetical writing
The new religion is the
first known mainly textual religion, to which Moses' books from the outset
have been written using the alphabet (and not Egyptian hieroglyphs) - thus
known in its most original form at Sinai. This place is the also from the
Bible known refuge where Moses later during the exodus began his writings.
Could it be Moses who on the basis of the Egyptian hieroglyphic characters
became the "inventor" of the alphabet? In the same district with Jethro's
small temple Moses had his revelation at the burning thorn bush, and later
revelation during the desert journey has also taken place here on the Sinai
Less known is also the
probable explanation about why Moses chose just the Jethro residence at the
only temple in Sinai, as a refuge. Jethro is believed to have been extremely
well-versed in Egyptian religious traditions, and there may be a connection
between this shrine and the find of the world's oldest alphabetical writing
on the walls of nearby existing copper mine tunnels. The inscriptions are
enigmatic; but some of them seem to refer to e.g. both "the overseer of the
temple treasure" and "Hatshepsut's Moses".
The fact that Moses is
being connected with the alphabetic invention is almost neglected in modern
time - although this concept was clear to many writers of antiquity and in
the ancient Rabbinical Writings, and also the Bible and later the Quran.
Generally, the alphabet is dated to around 1500 BC, i.e. precisely the same
period as with Moses. The alphabet is distinguished from older writing
systems, such as the hieroglyphs, by being mainly phonetic based and useable
in all languages.
The Bible was the first
book in the world with the use of the alphabet. And author Ove von Spaeth's
exciting tracing the birth of the alphabet is pleasantly analytical and is
also to be experienced as an eventful expedition.
Three main error estimates
According to the
well-known fact that previous biblical research on Moses has become somewhat
stagnant especially because of three main error estimates. Namely, either
Moses is claimed a myth figure; or that he is incorrectly dated very late;
or the Moses texts was allegedly written by priestly writers thousand years
after the Moses era.
Especially valuable for
concrete understanding is the fact that the book brings to light several
new-orientating circumstances of the ancient writings, and directly
demonstrates their coherent relations with the history of antiquity. The
tangible exciting information now accessible to a large audience, reinforce
our awareness of the roots of our heritage and makes them more live to us.
Any detailed study of
specific personalities of the Old Testament will have to start with Moses,
the founder of the religious Israelite nation and timeless as the great
inspirator of the later prophets.
This is the fifth and
final volume in Ove von Spaeth's impressive series on the historical and
biblical Moses. The text provides unusual observations presenting an
inter-disciplinary achievement, a work which includes many often rare
religious and ancient historical sources. Also, it is highly inspiring
reading when even in our modern times it makes a virtual impact that 3,500
years ago Moses was connected to so impressive and surprising facts in our
early historical and cultural heritage.
With this book one of
history's great figures from the myth's misty world - to which he had long
been banished - has now been retrieved to plain reality.
The author points out the
distinctive point that Moses never created a big empire, he never built a
great metropolis, but he has exerted his influence on a significant part of
the world's cultural history - and contributed here furthermore with an
important base in Western history of ideas.
. . .
Moses never created a
great empire, he had never built a big metropolis, but placed at one of
history and culture's important thresholds, he has exercised influence later
over a significant part of world's cultural history.
In traditional literature
of historical research and of theology and biblical research Moses has
mostly been regarded as identical with the biblical picture of him - despite
knowing that the Bible was early treated by text editors. In addition, in
recent research schools he has even been declared non-existent.
But the verifiable time
measuring through astronomical science methods can - despite modern biblical
research's hypotheses - helping to re-establish the Pentateuch's basic
writer also in the precise framework of Egypt's history : Moses' historical
existence is restored.
Even under experts'
possible disagreements about details, however, the obtained data could pave
the way to clarify some of the lesser known sides of Moses' genius, not
mentioned in the Bible, but dealt with by other ancient sources. Such will
be able to contribute to the source data can be understood more extensively.
In its entirety there has
here been demonstrated many new specific materials about ancient Moses,
which has increased the realistic basis ffor transforming the myth-like view
of him. Moses will again be positioned as a concrete figure, whose work is
among the most significant in our history.
It is of vital importance
that the book has made us more acquainted with important cultural and
historical knowledge, not least by the illuminating of several key features
in world of ideas that prevailed in antiquity in ancient Egypt - and was
known by Moses; - it passed on through Greece and Rome and were still a
spiritual co-player throughout the time and in our modern world ...
* * * * *
- More about the contents: Information points on the Volume 5 of the series
AUTHOR'S EPILOGUE TO VOLUME 5 AND THE BOOK-SERIES IN ALL
The book-series on the historical Moses is now finalized.
A small retrospect: After
nearly a dozen years of several surprising discoveries, sometimes a little
unexpected, followed by a necessary continuous research and studies in order
to get deeper into the subjects - and added to this, publishing of a number
of articles about the achieved results - the idea crystallized about
structuring the eventually huge material into an extension comprising 5
volumes. Which took the next 5 years.
However, nobody had ever
written five books on this part of the important, ancient history concerning
Moses, the still existing tracks, and his importance in our early culture -
not even a two-volume work has ever been done.
And now - not at all
foreseen - the proportion required not less than 7 years of further
intensive testing of materials and results - and an almost impossible
molding-process to connect the many thousands of sources/fragments to
constitute a genuine and evident completeness.
In addition, a current updating incessantly throughout the years. And in the
final phase, a technical finalizing for the printing of all the volumes of
the series, which were published during 6 years with approx. one volume a
year. Leaving out of account a previous preparative period, it turned out to
be a longish stretch of 18 years, of which a great part of the time had to
be used also for daily bred-and-butter duties.
This is to extend sincere
thanks to researchers and other devoted helpers (some from the very
beginning), who have all helped with tireless efforts and shown great
confidence and a courageous personal support, despite resistance against the
project from other parts, which could have caused annoyance from academic
colleagues. For instance, already upon publication of the first volume, some
Egyptologists from the universities declared openly in the Berlingske
Tidende (a renown Danish newspaper) on August 3, 1999 that they (quote:) -
would "fight against this book for many years to come" and, also, many
theologians followed this lead continuously. Yet - despite all the peculiar
troubles, also in the technical matters - all perseveringly overcome - the 5
volumes are now published, and the series are handsomely finalized.
thanks for the great confidence and back up, very faithfully done by Mr.
Svend Olufsen, the courageous - and visionary - head of C.A.
Reitzel Bookseller and Publisher, Ltd. - In Denmark the publication of the
long-term work of research was so admirably done despite the above mentioned
opposition and without in any way having received financial aid or any
other kind of support from either private or public means and funds.
And in particular a
special thank you to the readers, who have contributed with their
encouraging interest and many responses to the dissemination of the
knowledge. During the course of the book-series, this has been of most
valuable importance for the process of making it into a reality with such a
Thanks a lot for
inspiration, great help, and backing up.
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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