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11. What Was "Brimstone"? [Kronos $]
... : Kronos Vol. IX No. 1 (Fall 1983) Home¦ Issue Contents What Was "Brimstone"? John V. Myers Copyright 1983 by Lewis M. Greenberg& Warner B. Sizemore Editor's Note: This article was first written by the late Dr. Myers in August of 1- 4. It has been revised and edited by Dwardu Cardona in June of this year.- LMG Omitting the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, which may well have involved an explosion-produced rain of burning sulfur,(1) the Bible contains fourteen statements or implications that the fiery substance which fell in past catastrophes, or is to fall in the last days, was brimstone- i.e., presumably, sulfur. The Bible also contains nineteen references to the unquenchability of this fiery substance- that is, to its ability to burn while floating on water. With a specific gravity of 2.07, sulfur is simply not credible as a substance which will burn on water. But if not sulfur, what could the Biblical "brimstone" have stood for? We ...
12. Velikovsky, Fundamentalism and the Revised Chronology [Aeon Journal $]
... . "It's obvious that Velikovsky is personally involved with the history of Israel. He's very much aware of the implications of his work for modern Israel. I think he has a special interest in having things come out a certain way." Velikovsky's eyes blazed in anger. "In other words," he snapped, "this man is calling me a liar." I tried to explain that I didn't think such an accusation was being made, but Velikovsky got up, walked across the room, and picked up a Bible. Barely in control of his emotions, he said: "I will read you something." He turned to Jeremiah 52, the story of Israel's rebellion against Nebuchadnezzar. As King Zedekiah tried to escape from besieged Jerusalem, he was captured near Jericho and taken before Nebuchadnezzar at Riblah. "The leaders of Judah were killed on the spot," Velikovsky said. "But Zedekiah, the last Hebrew king to sit on the throne of David, was not so lucky. His sons were slaughtered in front of him ...
13. The Hidden Language of the Bible [Kronos $]
... From: Kronos Vol. X No. 3 (Summer 1985) Home¦ Issue Contents IMPORTANT NEW PUBLICATION The Hidden Language of the Bible For the first time in the history of Biblical research, a complete re-creationof the original and hidden Script of the five Hebrew books of the Bible. After 10 years of investigation, researcher Thierry Gaudin demonstrates conclusively the existence of an original literary substructure beneath the text of the Hebrew Holy Writ. Purposely hidden under the outer layer of the Torah lies the original language and legacy of a people: THE ASTRONOMICAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN CIVILIZATIONS. This unearthed language, which was the exlusive property of a priestly class, is the original message of the Bible. For the first time, this reconstruction will provide laymen and students with definitive answers on the meaning and origin of: The Biblical Creation in 6 days+ a 7th- The Biblical System of Chronology- The Deluge- The Covenant and its three signs/ The Land of Canaan. And how the Biblical Past was recorded as a projected future! "A ...
14. GODS FIRE: CHAPTER SEVEN: THE LEVITES AND THE REVOLTS [Quantavolution Website]
... theory that the proto-Israelites were a geographically separate and autonomous people, to some degree maintaining their old ethnic identity, living among Egyptians and other peoples from East and West, intermarrying, holding a full range of occupations, but now caught up in a xenophobic, anti-semitic period and forced to supply corvées and employ birth-control. It is not surprising to learn that the Book of Exodus, as befits a historical work of those times, has much in it of the popular Egyptian language [2. The some three million souls that the Bible asserts left Egypt are far too many. It is not that aggregated tribes of 500,000 or even more have never moved long distances; they have. The Cimbri and Teutons migrated in this number over a period of years at the end of the second century B. C. from the North Sea region to southern France and Italy; after seriously threatening Roman power, they were annihilated by the Roman legions of Marius. NUMBERS LEAVING EGYPT The number of persons in Exodus has been estimated variously from 2000 to 6, ...
15. Megiddo [Catastrophism & Ancient History Journal $]
... From: Catastrophism and Ancient History VIII:2 (July 1986) Home¦ Issue Contents Megiddo Michael S. Sanders Jeroboam to So Historians and archaeologists who have investigated the sites of Samaria, without exception, have accepted the proposition that Shishak of the Bible was King Shoshenk 1, first ruler of the Twenty-Second Dynasty of Egypt. Further, destruction layers found on the relevant sites have been ascribed to this ruler based presumably on the list of conquered cities found on the wall of the Great Karnak Temple of Shoshenk I. [1 Such blind acceptance of the equation Sheshonk I= Shishak flies in the face not only of the biblical record but also common sense, and it is astounding that the identification has lasted so long. Let us examine first the scriptural record. 2 Chronicles 12 tells us the whole story as far as we know it with any certainty, so we will quote Shishak's adventure in full: Shishak King of Egypt attacked Jerusalem in the 5th year of Rehoboam with 1,200 chariots and 60,000 horsemen and the innumerable troops of ...
16. Another Look at Velikovsky's Ages in Chaos [Catastrophism & Ancient History Journal $]
... Similar widespread re-identifications, as required by Velikovsky, invariably serve to validate his position only because of the new identifications being made, not in spite of them. Such a process is essentially circular in nature and can be made to prove anything; it is relatively safe to say no interpretation of history requiring so thorough a resetting of the historical stage for proof will ever gain wide acceptance. In the pursuit of evidence to cross-identify historical personages Velikovsky grasps at the most precarious similarities. Such is the case with a certain Zuchru in the Bible with a toponym in the Amarna letters (see Peter James, SIS Workshop, Vol. 5/4, 1982/83). James insists that a certain Iahzibada in the Amarna letters is the captain of Jehoshaphat (whom Velikovsky identified with Adbu Hepa of the same letters). However, we are not led into a discussion as to why Iahzibada could not have been one of the two captains of David by this same name (1 Chronicles 12:20) or some of the other namesakes in the Bible, ...
17. 'Worlds in Collision' and the Birth of Monotheism [SIS C&C Review $]
... his moods; but never sharing its mysterious life, never an actor in the perennial cosmic pageant." (5). Another important feature of monotheism, stressed by some scholars, is its new attitude towards human history. With the abolition of gods and demi-gods, human history assumes the centre of the stage. The importance hitherto given to stories about the gods is now given to the process of human history and the working-out of its destiny towards a Messianic climax of the kingdom of God on earth. This is why the Bible, or at least the Old Testament, takes the form of a history book. The timeless polytheistic conception of harmony with nature, with its cyclic conceptions of death and re-birth, gives way to a concept of progress in a straight line towards a final consummation (6). All this amounts to a mutation of the human spirit of incalculable influence for the development of humanity. Modern attitudes towards science and human development would have been impossible without this mutation, by which man was jolted out of his dependence on nature and ...
18. The el-Amarna Letters and the New Chronology [SIS C&C Review $]
... of Transjordan, Mutbaal and Ishbaal. The last element 'Baal' is an obvious match, but not so immediately obvious is the connection between the first element of both names. Ish in Hebrew means 'man' and the Canaanite for 'man' is Mut. Thus both names translate as 'Man of Baal'- in other words we have a perfect match. The Amarna Letters record the presence of only two kings in the central hill country, Abdi-Heba in Jerusalem and Labayu to the north. This is exactly the situation recorded in the Bible for the time of Israel's first king when Saul ruled most of the uplands but Jerusalem still remained a Jebusite enclave. To the west, the Letters record the presence of a number of kings bearing Indo-European names: they ruled Gaza, Ashkelon, Gath and other towns whose names are not recorded. In the late Judges and early monarchy period we would expect to find five Philistine kings (seranim) in this region, at Gaza, Ashkelon, Gath, Ashdod and Ekron. Also in the west, the Amarna Letters reveal ...
19. Sidelights on Velikovsky's 'Ages in Chaos' [Catastrophism & Ancient History Journal $]
... He made no comment on the analogy offered by young Moses Suriel, although his perusers would have been glad to get at least a conjecture on the possible sources of the visionary's knowledge. The comet that inspired Suriel seems to have been the one that prompted Giovanni Alfonso Borelli's discovery of the parabolic forms of comet paths in 1665. 2. Amalek The second chapter of Ages in Chaos argues, in my belief conclusively, that the barbaric conquerors of Egypt called by Greek historians the Hyksos were actually the wild tribes from Arabia whom the Bible terms Amalekites. Perhaps the most famous kingly name among the Hyksos was Apop. Apop II was the last of their dynasts to hold the throne at their capital city Avaris. Velikovsky feels confident that the name is merely a variant of the Amalekite Agag, the name of the last of their dynasts in the book of Samuel. However, we have no explanation of the way in which the consonant in Agag changed to the Egyptian labial. This is how I imagine it occurred. When the Arnalekitcs arrived in devastated Egypt they ...
20. GODS FIRE: [Quantavolution Website]
... memory, then lost in written form. Even though the style and other minor changes may be introduced when the oral version of the original written version is written down, the substance of the account may be exact. In both cases, in the period of oral transmission, trained speakers can memorize and reproduce exactly thousands of lines heard from the lips of a teacher. All along the line, a sacred duty to repeat the original faithfully encounters social interests to whose advantage certain changes might be made. In the case of the Bible, much effort must go into locating such interests, whether by internal analysis or by matching the known later political and natural environments with the suspected changes in the text over time. We have to take it for granted that those who had the last word to say on the Old Testament said it the way they wanted it. Nobody knows the name of these gentlemen, but they were a group of Jewish scholar-priests living 800 years after Moses. We can assume that they were a corporate group and, therefore, the " ...
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