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1. The Reign of King Hezekiah [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... only insofar as it concerns the chronological problems under scrutiny. The midrashim explain that on the memorable day of Hezekiah the sun retarded to set by the same amount, namely ten degrees (maaloth in Hebrew is preferrably ? degrees ? and more so when applied to the sundial) by which it speeded up to descend on the sundial built by Ahaz and, further, that this phenomenon of acceleration of the sun reaching the horizon took place on the day Ahaz was brought to the grave. Since Sennacherib came toward all the fenced cities ... ?? Isaiah ? s answer was: And this shall be a sign unto thee from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that he hath spoken. Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun-dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down. I have discussed the nature of the event in Worlds in Collision (? The Year -687 ?) and do it again in the present volume ...
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... Ninsianna tablet analysis offers an independent check on both the Egyptian and the Palestinian dates, as the Ninsianna tablet dates are 100% independent of historical links; the only question is the achievable precision of their astronomical dating, which I have assessed at 16 years, with the current preference being for -16 years, which dates Event 1 of the tablets to 868BC, the commencement of the disturbances to 866BC and their conclusion to 712BC, which falls in year 15 of Hezekiah, making it an obvious marker for the final movement of his sundial at 16th August 712BC (within a few days). This movement of Hezekiah's sundial is said to have been preceded by a similar one in the time of Ahaz, which would probably have occurred at the immediately preceding close opposition of Mars, namely at 28th June 729BC (but note that the movement of the sundial does not have to coincide precisely with the moment of opposition; there is also a possibility of year length distortions between 712 and 729BC, though significant distortions at this era look improbable; the dates themselves are ...
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3. BYWAYS OF ELECTRICITY [Quantavolution Website]
... Hezekiah that the army sent against Jerusalem by Sennacherib under the command of Rabshakeh would be destroyed by the Lord. In II Kings XIX: 35 ff., we read that the angel of the Lord went out and smote the Assyrians; 185,000 were dead next morning. In XIX: 7, the words of Isaiah are: "Behold, I will send a blast upon him..." It is significant that in the following chapter, XX: 9 ff., Isaiah prophesies that the shadow on Hezekiah's sundial will go back ten degrees. In verse 11 we read that the Lord brought the shadow ten degrees back. Herodotus II: 141, gives another version of Sennacherib's defeat. He learnt from Egyptian priests that Sennacherib's army had been destroyed in a single night. He saw a stone statue of Sethos set up in an Egyptian temple, holding a mouse. Herodotus was told that a plague of field mice gnawed away the bow strings, shield straps, etc, and the soldiers, their weapons useless, had to flee. ...
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4. Letters [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... a crank organisation. The same article, after describing how, on the celestial clock, the hands (Sun and Moon) move anti-clockwise around the face (the zodiacal stars), continues: "Is it reasonable to postulate that the world was upside down at the era when the terms 'clockwise' and 'anti-clockwise' were first introduced?" I'd say no it isn't reasonable. Surely these terms aren't all that ancient. I should "postulate" that these terms derive from the fact that the shadow of the gnomon of a sundial (surely the original clock) travels in a clockwise direction. Starting in the morning pointing west, then through north (as the Sun in the northern hemisphere has a southern aspect) to finally pointing to the east in the evening. Once again I should imagine that the general public would be more familiar with "shadow clocks" than "astronomical clocks". It seems to me that once someone becomes interested in astronomy, he presumes everyone else has shed his ignorance of heavenly bodies and movements. Why use convoluted explanations ...
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... to have been 30, as deduced from the Koran, rather than 80 stated in the Bible. Thus, to recapitulate, the age of Moses was either 80 (the Bible), or about 30 (the Koran) when he returned to Egypt and then led the Israelites into Sinai. Either the skies over Sinai (and neighbouring lands) were deeply overcast, even dark, sufficient enough to obscure the sight of the Sun and Moon, or the atmosphere was normal so that a shadow stick could be used as a sundial and the phases of the Moon could be seen. But if the latter, there was no catastrophe- and if the former, then how did the Israelites calculate time? References 1. I. Velikovsky: Worlds in Collision 2. The Holy Qur'an. Translation with notes and introduction. Maulana Muhammad Ali, Ahmadyyah Aniuman Ishaat-i-Izam, Lahore, 1951, Ch. 28, verses 22-28, and Ch. 28, verses 29-38. Also the Holy Bible: Genesis, Exodus, and Numbers Editor's Comment: Am I right ...
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6. Greek Debt To Babylonians [SIS Internet Digest $]
... 00:14:34 EST Clark Whelton asks: I'd like to know more about Greeks learning astronomy from Babylonians. Could you give me a reference, please? Thanks. Peter James replies: There is stacks of stuff. In Greek discussions of astronomy there are many, many references to Babylonian and Chaldaean knowledge of astronomy. To trawl through all the classical references would be impossible, but here is one early and one late to give the range of ideas as well as dates. Herodotus II.109.3 says that "knowledge of the sundial (polos) and the gnomon and the twelve divisions of the day came into Greece from Babylon". Seneca (Natural Questions VII,4,1) cites the views on comets of two Greeks who say they studied among the Chaldaeans, Epigenes and Apollonius of Myndus. "Apollonius says that the Chaldaeans place comets in the category of planets and have determined their orbits." Epigenes disagreed with him and said the Chaldaeans knew nothing about them, seeing them as bits of twisted atmosphere. (I would rather believe the ...
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7. Stonehenge In Quebec? [Science Frontiers Website]
... east and west, may have been used as calendars whereby farmers could, for example, have known when to plant and harvest crops." Leduc also claims to have discovered: Unexplained stone walls two to three feet high that begin and end with no apparent purpose, and which are not associated with the fields of farmers. Grass circles showing up as yellowish rings in green grassy fields, caused by a different type of vegetation. These grass circles are perfect in shape and associated with stone structures. Trilithons, located at the sundial sites, consisting of three closely grouped rocks. (Morrissy, John; "Stonehenge in Quebec," Stonehenge Viewpoint, no. 79, p. 3, Winter 1988.) From Science Frontiers #57, MAY-JUN 1988.© 1988-2000 William R. Corliss Other Sites of Interest SIS. Catastrophism, archaeoastronomy, ancient history, mythology and astronomy. Lobster. The journal of intelligence and political conspiracy (CIA, FBI, JFK, MI5, NSA, etc) Free resource for people thinking about working at ...
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8. Letters [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... at the equinoxes but they are less easily definable). For a low latitude observer, however, the year is a much less obvious measure of time. All in all, for transactions which take more than a day to mature, the moon is quite the most universal and easily accessible time keeper and I am confident that therein lies the origin of monthly accounts. Mr Hennegin also takes me to account for failing to recognize that 'clockwise' rotation derives from the travel of the shadow round the dial of a (circular) sundial. Actually, if he will read my original paper more closely, he will find that this origin was covered in it, if only rather briefly. The sundial is certainly a candidate for the prototype clock face, but it is worth remembering that the earliest known Egyptian sundials (ca. 850 BC) were not circular at all. They were incidentally almost ideally conceived for foolproof starting of a water clock at 4 or 5 pm (sun time) and were quite possibly designed with this purpose in mind (see JOURNAL ...
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9. Chapter II: The Events [The Age of Velikovsky] [The Age of Velikovsky] [Books]
... sixth days, the darkness was so dense that they could not stir from their place." 9 The rabbinical source says seven days, and the Bible three, but the rabbinical source does say three days of intense darkness, so the records may not be all that dissimilar. Also, there could be some confusion as to whether a dark day and a dark night might be called two dark days. The Egyptian source said nine days, but it is difficult to measure exactly if one of your best time pieces is a sundial, and if it is too dark to read the water clock which may be clogged up by that time anyway. There could also be a magnification differential because of the "second story-teller syndrome. If one person said it was dark for four days in his country, a visitor from the next country might say that there was at least five days of darkness where he was. It has been fairly well established that different observers do not always report identical details about an event; however, the overall picture, such as ...
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10. Monitor [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... and their age ranges from the 4th century BC to the 3rd century AD. It appears to have been en route to Italy for recycling from Rome's eastern provinces when the boat sank between the 3rd and 6th centuries AD. The reuse of scrap copper was mentioned by Pliny the Elder in the 1st century AD. MYTH Dial of Ahaz American Journal of Physics March 95 and Science in Action BBC World Service, 12.3.95 If you are clever enough you may be able to recreate a miracle. In 1578 a Bavarian instrument maker made a sundial such that if it were filled with water the sun went backwards by 10 degrees. He declared that it explained the miracle in the 38th chapter of Isaiah where god made the sundial of Hezekiah (Ahaz) go back 10 degrees as a sign. So was this a description of a catastrophe or simply the machinations of a clever priest? Cometary conversion The Guardian 8.6.95 Mike Baillie, the tree ring man, has suggested that the conversion of pagan Ireland to Christianity owed more to extra-terrestrial events than to the Bible. Victor Clube ...
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