THE BOOK-SERIES ABOUT MOSES - VITAL FACTS AND DATA
The Idea of the Work and Structure
Structure of the Work About Moses
The book-series about our most early prominent figure, Moses, from an equally remarkable, ancient historic era is an original and independent
contribution to a re-evaluation
of the historical Moses and his
status and time.
These works of Ove von Spaeth, Danish writer and researcher on history, are founded on
cross-scientific cultural and historical research, summing up archaeological
findings, textual research, and astronomical dating. All recovered material
is also related to the Bible, the Rabbinical Writings as well as various,
important authors of antiquity.
The task comprises
25 years of concentrated research and the results - finally released in 5
unique works on history concerning Moses and Egypt besides a special
dissertation on dating the world's oldest star map (Egyptian), a pioneering
work directly published internationally through a journal for the history of
science. - In all, it is the biggest religious-cultural history research
work ever in its genre - also, it is the most comprehensive
interdisciplinary science project in this field to be carried out by one
Many handed-down sources
and findings have been put into a greater context for the first time and the
coherence should be judged
in its entirety. The books are not based on single sources or solitary
decisions. On the other hand, their foundation is the very presentation of a
long series of clues and indications; these may be considered a "special
offer", an admission to rare materials useful to benefit further
Moses is one of our early history's most insightful and spiritual personalities.
The work by Ove von Spaeth brings to life unique material about Moses' adventuresome, dramatic
background in and outside of Egypt.
New knowledge about the very person behind the myth and influence still being of
importance to our present culture: These books on the
historical Moses vitalize unique materials of new
discoveries and interesting finds, revealing new aspects of the enigma of Moses
at important historical interrelationships.
The material presented is
by itself a decisive extension of the survey and it causes a so far more
versatile enlightening picture of Moses.
In addition it uncovers
how Moses himself was connecting to a number of far-sighted and unusual
achievements, which few know about today.
These activities are
referred to by rare sources in ancient history which greatly esteemed his
versatile talents: - a wide-ranging personality, who, besides being a great
leader and law-giver, was known in addition by his talents as a general and
philosopher, founder of a religion, a person also versed in astronomy, - and
even a mystic, a magician, healer and inventor.
The Law of Moses, the
most advanced codex of ancient times included a surprising number of modern
principles: environmental laws, social laws, human rights laws, the right to
asylum, animal protection, hygiene regulations and military ethics. A code of
law with ethical survival factors which are essential to this very day as well.
In each volume of the
book-series is brought to light new perspectives relating to Moses' activities.
- And in addition - enlightening him as one of our history's greatest founders,
who appears still as an invisible fellow player; - his historic traces can be
sensed behind several of present time standards in society and culture.
The books can be read without previous scientific qualifications. And the books'
message is not an attempt to present Moses' "curriculum vitae", nor is it
"documentary fiction", or a historical account distributed by fashionable writing.
Annotations have been
left out in favour of coherence and legibility. Instead, annotations have been
continuously included in the reading-matter. References of sources are given
directly on the spot and may, as you like, be passed over or used in further
documentation, just like to do with Summaries and Appendixes.
The intentional lack of
other current annotation is compensated for by a comprehensive bibliography with
further substantiation of the information given in the books. The bibliography
has been divided into various fields of subject in order to facilitate
All the five volumes can
be read independently of the series:
The book-series about Moses aroused from the out-set great interest and
surprise. And in addition, from various fields of science, a row of researchers
and experts have appraised the books highly. For instance:
"... It can be stated without any doubts that Ove von Spaeth's study
represents one of the most potentially explosive theses in the research
history of the Hebrew Bible, and it is the result of many years of serious,
acute, and unprejudiced research. ... "
Jens-André P. Herbener,
M.A. in comparative religion and Semitic philology; Project leader, at
The Royal Library, of the new scholarly translation into Danish of the
Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) - Press release II (7.jun.1999), &
Introduction to the Moses book-series' Volume 3 (8.Sep.2001)
"... A unique
cultural-historical store of knowledge, thoroughly brought to light by
analytical research, which is top-grade - opens to a new historic dimension.
An expansive, new-orientating presentation ... An impressive achievement, a
brilliant publication ... ".
MA Historian, history examiner at the Universities of Copenhagen,
Aarhus and Odense, - Frederiksbog Amts Avis - daily (20.Nov.1999, p.8)
"… In his book-series,
i.e. "Assassinating Moses", a Danish researcher and writer has presented
what - by international standards - may be considered sensational evidence
on a connection between the history of Egypt and the existence of Moses …".
Haagensen, Writer and Film Director, Member of
Danish Film Directors, - Bornholms Tidende, daily (24.Feb.2001,
The widespread circulation of the books should be evaluated on the background of
the fact that their topics are presented in an easily accessible form with
enthusiastic knowledge and experience. A presentation made out in a way so that
everybody interested may participate in the reading. A considerable number of
critics have stressed this quality about the books. Because of their
inter-disciplinary scope of different study lines, fields, and demarcations, all
the books of the series have proved to be excellently suited for study groups
and courses - as well as for instance for private study units.
Ancient Culture of Egypt
For everybody interested in the brilliant ancient culture of Egypt related to
the background of the narrative of Moses - and also with a desire for a
broad-spectrum insight - these books will in particular be able to vitalize
The exotic background for a disputed historical sequence is here
being concretized for the readers - systematically and conscientiously. Concerning the
applicability at studies/courses, it can be mentioned that "The Suppressed
Record", the first book of the series, has been included in the list of
recommended literature about the history of Egypt, for official use by the basic
school for experts of the Department for
Development Aid of the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, - as well as by the
Educational Service Centre in Copenhagen.
Cf. also official recording of the
work in the "Market profile of Egypt" published by the Royal Danish Embassy of
Egypt in Cairo, 1998/1999, Publisher: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In many more respects the book-series on Moses based on ancient Egypt are
qualified for study groups, courses, and related studying: The work has been
acknowledged many times for its language and its progression in the course of reading
simultaneously with the well-documented contents.
"… super inter-disciplinary, - extremely thorough studies ... Ove von Spaeth
has succeeded in presenting the results in a language and a style accessible
to the man in the street. The book receives top marks for its presentation
Ejgil Søholm, M.A.
of Literature Science, Research Librarian, Writer, - Jyllands-Posten -
daily (3.Aug.1999, Culture section p.5)
"... is well written and
easy to read and occasionally as thrilling as a detective novel ... The
reservations should not prevent anyone from reading the book with profit,
especially for the sake of its literary qualities. It has the ability to
captivate and occasionally to disquiet, as well! ...".
Ph.D. (Theology), Professor, the University of Copenhagen, -
Jyllands-Posten - daily (21.Aug.2001, Culture section p.7)
Also for study purposes, another advantage is the included flexibility made out
so that the individual volumes may be read independently, freely and not necessarily connected
to the complete series.
The broad disclosure of the historical circumstances of Moses is an exciting and
thorough introduction to several fascinating aspects of the old Egyptian world
and the oldest history of Jews. Intervening traditional relations - still
recognizable in present culture - are also being illuminated. Continuous, instructive
summaries in the books support an interrelated understanding of the abundant and
unusual material, a veritable gold mine. The work about Moses contains also thorough
summaries on sources and research results in relation to Moses - and covers the
subject to an extent so far unseen: a total bibliographical material greatly
missed by international researchers.
Inspiration for other authors' books and treatises
Ove von Spaeth has made his book's historical material especially accessible to
be read without specific beforehand knowledge on the subjects. Von Spaeth's presented results in the books have raised a considerable interest also
among other authors - both a serious professional interest and even directly
Concerning literature studies of relevance - for instance, from the years of
2007-2008 - some references are mentioned here:
Directly used - by:
- Erling Haagensen, author and film director: "The
Murder of the Word", Copenhagen (Documentas Publ.), 2008; -
the main characters, historians who are inspired directly in their
research - from Ove von Spaeth's books the meticulous conclusions of
which are quoted reliably and easy accessible in this crime drama.
- Annie Dunch: "Life
after Life", Copenhagen (Documentas Publ.), 2007; - extensive
quotations, and interviews.
- Boran Novakovic, astronomer: "Senenmut:
An Ancient Egyptian Astronomer", astro-ph, 8th January 2008,
Publication of Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade: - quoting
conclusions, and inspiration, in a scientific context.
Interest Groups, Facebook, - and a depot within the Freemasons' Great
On Facebook, the free-access and popular social networking
website currently including hundreds of millions active users worldwide,
some very interested people have established: "Interest
Group for The Ove von Spaeth Papers"
- namely, the Interest Group for The Ove von Spaeth Papers on History and
Knowledge: - Rediscovery, Insight, Renewal. In particular dealing with:
- Communication and debate
on Ove von Spaeth's exploration and discoveries concerning his research on
the historical Moses, the Egyptian legacy, ancient sciences and astronomy -
English and Danish).
book-series about the historical Moses and his Egyptian background also
include, for example, information about the widespread initiation cults in
antiquity, the books have been popular among many Freemasons. Moreover, in
nearly all Freemasons' libraries in Denmark this five-volume series "Assassinating
Moses" is to be found.
In its department for
related literature the library of the
of the Freemasons in Denmark (in Copenhagen) even keep an extra set of
the book-series; and moreover, a huge, special depot of the entire
collection of published reviews, debates and discussions on the book-series
and in addition all copies of every article by Ove von Spaeth regarding both
the Moses research and many related subjects. Altogether, a huge material
from the author, all indexed and is comprising several thousand pages - for
Current Discussions - And the New Development
In addition, concerning the field of studies, research groups, and courses, the
books may be a current introduction to further discussions, for instance about
conventions and firm attitudes to subjects currently re-examined in the books. Here is the possibility
for insights in tendencies showing the traditional research now undergoing a
change - and in this respect, the material-collection of these books will
contribute to lining out the profile of a new development. Studies of documentation
concerning the reception of the books disclose a more than unusual enthusiasm -
but also remarkable prejudices and even obstruction. Cf. for instance the media
publicity and the letters, now recorded to the
archives on the Moses
book-series' own web-site. This web-site,
having soon gained international status as a "cult site", is by itself
a special key to providing info for history- and
literary studies - and is a valued tool, e.g. by
librarians. Also cf. Survey
and Site map.
Moreover, this library will contain book-format prints of the author's many e-books.
OVE VON SPAETH, the Danish Writer, Historian, and Researcher, investigates the
ancient, still significant traces and the surprisingly many survived clues
concerning the historical Moses - a New Dimension Explored. This task being
thoroughly supported by the author being endowed with a substantial basis of
historical and astronomical learning and experience. During his many years of
intensified studies and research, eventually published in his books and
articles, Ove von Spaeth has made comprehensive use of research of
archaeology, Egyptian tradition, ancient languages, history of religion,
anthropology, and the factual historical important teachings of mystery
religion and mythology as well. He throws new light on the unusually
abundant and often controversial material, also by using holistic angle - and
furthermore being working to expand the base of a special line of science:
the cosmology of historical religions. (Cf. present web-site's page about the
"... Regarding Ove von
Spaeth's book-series about the historical Moses and Egypt: it comprises more
than 25 years of concentrated research and the results - released through
five unique works and in addition a special dissertation, the pioneering
work on dating the world's oldest star map (Egyptian). In all, it is the
most ambitious undertaking of research in the genre of religious-cultural
and historical studies... it is also the most comprehensive
interdisciplinary science project in this field carried out by a single
respect to Ove von Spaeth's
treatise on "Dating the Oldest Egyptian Star Map",
published in "Centaurus International Magazine on The History of Mathematics,
Science, and Technology" (2000, Vol.42:3, pp.159-179): - a scientific
pioneering work which has gained sustained admiration and respect
internationally for its non-traditional observations and for finding
solutions to difficult problems of key importance to ancient Egyptian
astronomy and the chronological perspectives. In addition, the actual
findings have furthered research on rendering more accurate the dating of
the historical period of Moses ..."
Concerning the historical Moses - a new dimension explored by Ove von Spaeth - cf. experts' opinion on the work:
"... Danish author Ove von Spaeth appears to be one of Denmark's audacious
scientists... He takes a distinctive approach as a historian. Von Spaeth fills
the imagination of his readers with his discoveries about Moses ... (and) has
prepared a brilliant, logical solution or true stroke of genius ...".
Jansen, Ph.D., Professor in Literature Science, at the
University of Copenhagen, - Politiken, daily (27.Jul.2001, Culture
"… Heinrich Schliemann,
who proved more than a hundred years ago that the Homeric poems were based on
historical facts. Just like Ove von Spaeth, who gave up his job as a printer,
Schliemann discontinued his job as a merchant, in order to start finding proofs
of his hypothesis. Followed by a lot of adversity and mocking, sarcasm and shake
of heads from the learned people, Schliemann found his Troy … This could be one
aspect for the Danish parallel to Schliemann …".
Concerning Ove von Spaeth's project (Zenith IC Project) in its entirety
"... The Project description about the structure and goals of your huge
project I find extremely successful, - elements and
arguments refreshingly clearly presented, in fact the points are very
concretely defined. As regards stylistic and structural implementing it is
absolutely among some of the very best textual works
Ove von Spaeth has
produced. On the whole
well written, a great appetizer so I got the urge to read more of his
Steen Larsen, Ph.D. in History of Religions, Associate Professor at the University of Lund, Sweden, - Department of History and
Anthropology of Religions
Publisher of the Original Books of Ove von
Spaeth, in Danish
C.A. Reitzel Publisher and Booksellar, Ltd.
Established 1819 - Soeren Kierkegaard and Hans Christian Andersen's original
publishing house - The oldest bookstore in Denmark.
Ove von Spaeth's
five-volume series, "Assassinating Moses", was first published by C.A. Reitzel
Publishers, Copenhagen, beginning at May 1999. The plan was to publish the
entire series within a few years, - and the series was completed by the last
volume (Vol. 5) in March 2005.
Publishers who want to
publish editions of these books in English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese
and other languages may use this address:
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has new owners from 2009 now continuing by another concept - cf.:
- therefore, after
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FAQ - Questions about Facts and Data of the Book-series
THE READERS - the writer wants to express his thanks for an intensive and
serious interest, and for many kind letters and QUESTIONS. A number of certain
questions are often appearing about the same topics. The following answers
are aiming at covering - to the broadest possible extent - the joint wishes
Myths and Hypothesis-Theology
¤ How do we know that Moses was not a mythical figure, and that the
Exodus has at all taken place?
:: OvS's reply. Continuous and from the very beginning
of the creation of the work, such questions are being made about its main
subjects. This questioning is often influenced by the circulation of for
instance the doubts of certain theological schools as to whether Moses did exist
as a historical person.
Often the hypotheses in
question seem to stem from the fact that the Moses research has been done on a
dubious dating, which convincingly must be erroneous dating. In this way he is
dated approx. 250 years too late often in official history - at 1200 BC -
instead of 1400-1500 BC. Consequently no traces have been found of either Moses
or the Israelite exodus from Egypt. Based on this defective condition, it is
being claimed that the biblical Moses narrative is a national-romantic myth
created only 2,300 years ago by ingenious priests in order to create a glorious
Especially in Egyptian
and Jewish sources, however, considerable amounts of evident, historical traces
can be found. To a wide extent these traces have been ignored by the opponents
due to an unbalanced insistence of the much too late dating and of the myth
hypotheses, thus reducing the most spectacular personality of the origin of
biblical culture and the Jewish self-understanding to being only a fictive
This feature is
actually proving to be an impossible historical construction. Definitely,
this would also have been a complete and unacceptable absurdity for Jews of
the past. "... Nobody would take an interest in something that has not
happened to anybody, who has never existed ...". This quotation, presented
by Helene Hanff (in her book, "84, Charing Cross Road", about another
situation) is also placed as a motto in volume 1 of the Moses-series and
still being valid in the current perspective supported by the existence of
the many relevant historical sources about Moses.
A considerable number of
these sources are presented in the work where, for the first time, so many
of them have been related to modern archaeology and astronomic dating. The
overwhelming material proves it absurd to deal with a mystical figure; on
the contrary, the historical and biblical information on this historical
person is being thoroughly confirmed even much more than before.
Information Also From Old Works
¤ Is it sufficiently reliable that also a number of older,
scientific works have been used in the examination?
:: OvS's reply. Unfortunately, it has
often become a more general practice - somewhat automatically - to
anticipate in the media and the academic world that the latest published
research book/paper almost inevitably also has to be preferred among the
best. This is an unqualified underrating of the foundations hitherto.
Instead, in the present book-series on the historical Moses, the only
reasonable procedure has been to use the best of recent information as well
as the best of the scrutinized earlier date materials. But strangely enough
- that is not how it hitherto has been to the researchers in question.
concerning the disciplines of astronomy-mathematics it is worth mentioning
that one of the oldest contributions in modern research still in use today,
is a piece of work, in French, by Delambre from 1819 about Ptolemy's astronomy.
Another example is the incomparable Hebrew expert August Dillmann's works
from the late 1800's.
In the period of
1885-1935, generations of scientists appeared with a so far unknown, demanding,
classical and modern educational background. Great researchers, of a capacity
second to none, among which many later emigrated from the Nazis and the war in
Europe. Often they became catalysts in their line in the American world of
universities and researchers. Their students passed on great parts of the
heritage, but later the distance to the roots became noticeable - both in USA
and Europe. It became more difficult to dig sufficiently deep into the already
founded knowledge and simultaneously in the enormous amounts of the new times'
flowing in of information for the different fields of research.
In early 1930ties for
instance, an English translation of the Rabbinical Writings was finished - editor
Louis Ginzberg's "The Legends of the Jews" (vols. 1-7, Philadelphia 1908-1934) -
by the way so outstanding in form and notes that it could hardly be surpassed
today; however, later editions of this body of the old Rabbinical Writings have
not been made.
Today, we can often observe less appreciation of this timeless material - and a lack
of experience as to the fact that a lot of it could be used as exact data -
although the writings in question - printed long ago - definitely cannot be called
obsolete. (Information about the Rabbinical Writings: for instance, in the Moses
series, vol. 1, Chapter 7; and vol. 4, Chapter 12-13).
¤ Important access to the old works (in our rapidly changing
:: OvS's reply. Also quite indispensable is
Pauly-Wissova's German encyclopedia with a fabulous survey and documentation of ancient
history and conditions, presented by the most outstanding researchers through
almost 100 years - altogether 84 volumes started in 1894 and terminated with the
last of many supplements in 1980. A sad day when in the beginning of the 1990's,
due to lack of space, The Royal National Library of
Denmark, down-graded this collection of classical knowledge, by removing it from
immediate access in a place, which was at that time an unmatched reading room
and for many years being an important work place for Ove von Spaeth during his research
prior to the book-series on Moses.
And in addition the
problem with short disposal time when lending books from libraries in other
countries, caused the necessity of creating a special book collection of
important books which have been out of print for generations. To this purpose,
through several years, a great amount of such important books were xerox-copied
for more than 150.000 DKK, in the 1980's a considerably heavy sum (almost 2 years' salary for a working man) for an
independent researcher to provide
from own means.
Besides, it was essential
to Ove von Spaeth's investigations that he had access to one of the world's
greatest collections of older Hebrew texts and literature in Denmark's Royal
National Library. - Some of the best hours of my life I spent there (see
a kind of similar impression here:
Librophiliac Compendium of Beautiful Libraries). In
a fortunate period prior to the big rebuilding of the Royal Danish
National Library after the year 2000, I was able to use its old and
immensely abundant reference library, a most paradisiacal reading room
which, furthermore, was for a long time in reality Denmark's greatest open
interdisciplinary forum (now expired) where many prominent researchers met.
Still in the first part
of the 20th century, many decisive historical and anthropological
discoveries took place not least in the Middle East - in a world which as
far as culture is concerned had not been very much different for many
thousands of years up to the time of the revolutionary changes after World
War II. Then much ancient Oriental "living history" disappeared hastily, for
example when it could be observed that the Oriental caravan people began
using a strange, modern world's transistor radios on their more than 5,000
Concerning much of the
collected, unusual knowledge we are in debt to the élite experts from the
early period of researches. Therefore, many of their works are priceless
which is why that whole annual volumes of, for instance, German scientific
journals dating back to 1920's have later been photographically reprinted -
often by American universities publishers.
¤ Which special values do old discoveries have with today's
:: OvS's reply. The fact is, however, that in
many finds discovered in the late 1800's and forward to today's research
hypotheses arose on these findings about possible or not possible
relationships to an understanding of the history of the Bible. The
hypothesis had in many cases gradually built up a huge apparatus of
literature around them. After which later generations were confronted with a
still going on generated system of comments' comments and theses new
students often got the uncritical impression that several of these
hypotheses could be regarded as being the authoritative truth.
performance in question, and which is the very basis of the book-series on
Moses, required in many cases the necessity of going back all the way to
even the sources brought to light by the earliest generations of
researchers. This was done in order to achieve the best possible immediate
knowledge of the discoveries and of the way the research results had been
So, instead of only
taking the later elaborations for granted, it was often necessary during the
work on the Moses research, to analyse the very starting points in relation
to newer finds and discoveries. Thus, for instance, when there is a need
more than a survey on a certain subject and it is possible to have valuable original knowledge picked up from "old" original excavation reports of
archaeology in Egypt or other Near Eastern sites, instead of a sometimes
illusionary "easy way"
by using the younger but "second hand" quotations as a base for a research work.
Opposition against Moses - and the book-series
¤ How did the work get the unusual title?
:: OvS's reply. It is not, not any longer
at least, quite as unusual to name a scientific work in this way. - Among
the some early examples is an American researcher of the history of
mathematics, Robert R. Newton, who, in 1977, published his thesis about
ancient astronomer Ptolemy's alleged non-precise observations. These were by
Newton hint at as being fraud - then giving his book on this subject a
somewhat drastic title, "The Crime of Claudius Ptolemy".
Likewise, a title of a
book by the English anthropologist Richard Leaky raised attention. With a pun
inspired by "West Side Story" being the name of Leonard Bernstein's at that time
new world-famous musical, Leaky got his thesis (American Scientist 64:174, 1976)
-about the earliest human beings so unexpectedly discovered in Rift Valley at
Africa's east side - subsequently made his book about this titled "East Side
Story, The Origin of Humankind".
When the English
philosopher of science, Dr. Jacob Brunowski published his book (1973) with his
television series on the history of science, he gave it this title, "The Ascent
of Man" - thus playing on another famous book, by Charles Darwin, "The Descent
of Man" (1871) - however, both about man's development.
In the present case, the
name "Assassinating Moses" being the collective title of the book-series on
the historical Moses was formed out of a concrete historical basis, in which
special information is found, this being hitherto unknown to most people!
Thus by this also, inevitably it would raise more attention.
Through times it
has been attempted to destroy unwanted parts of our history. Such kind of
result of "murder on history" has been disclosed by the books' in fact
exiting material from the investigation of "Assassinating Moses".
book-series' title was created with reference to the historic exact
conditions that through three eras it was tried to delete the existence of
Moses: - the first time by the Egyptians, who already in his own time tried
to delete his names and other memories in order to make him non-existing. -
Later, the priestly editors of the Bible reduced his special Egyptian
background and status. - And finally, several of today's theological schools
are rejecting the existence of Moses, and are designating him as a freely
invented, mystical figure. This modern myth has revealed itself as obviously
without any serious basis now as a consequence of the huge amounts of
evidence material presented by the books in question.
¤ What does an opposition to the work rest on?
:: OvS's reply. A real opposition with arguments and
facts has not been seen so far, nor a serious desire to open up the subject for
discussion or examination - although this would be necessary also in a broad
perspective. For instance, when the use of the expanded archaeological
technology, or a time precision by astronomical dating, or mummy DNA-tests
proving a mutual kinship - can be related to ancient sources.
Besides, the books
has been the object of quite an unusual amount of attention - only awarded
to a few other works - if the reader's questions (above) are referring to a
peculiar action from certain university people and others, via the media, by
letters, and even with a pressure via phone and in writing directly towards
a number of those researchers and people, who have been of help for
So far, a minimum
standard of seriousness and legitimate scientific character has not been
observed in any of the cases in question. Among other documented examples is the
specialist editor and theologian, who, on the special web-site of a big
newspaper in my country, placed for a long time manipulative statements about my
book-series' www-link. This pathetic way of malpractice as well as such motives
represent an involuntary comic effect and have at any rate resulted in quite a
good PR on the books.
The new views on Moses
have been considered so striking that "the messenger boy" should be combated,
although it is an existing and often suppressed material presented, which in
reality is to be considered as being undermining certain specialist fields of the
"... this is a book with which we shall have to fight for many years to
Kim Ryholt and Karen
Jensen, student teachers at the Carsten Niebuhr Institute, the
University of Copenhagen, - Berlingske Tidende - daily (3.Aug.1999,
section Univers p.10)
"... the contents are not
worth spending time and work on ... not a book to be recommended to TEL's
readers … Offers no biblical joy …",
- and at TEL's web-site: www.sba.dk , the review is subtitled, "… Tempting,
beautiful book - but poisonous !? ..."
Knud W. Skov, M.A.
of Theology, editor, - TEL, journal for the Society for Biblical
Archaeology (No 4, 1999, p.6-7)
The very focus of the historical examinations presented in the work is a
remarkably comprising study material, the contents of which have been thoroughly
analysed - painstaking and critically.
However, none of the books are planned to
be polemic or provocative. Nevertheless, the contents seem to have been too
controversial to certain academic ideas, even in relation to contemporary
Mystery Cults of Egypt - and Later Influence
¤ Is the Masonic history rooted in the mystery cults of the Ancient
:: OvS's reply. As an introductory help to such
questions the following books can be recommended - although they have no
immediate sources about the beginning of the Masonic activities. Yet, the writer
of the Moses series - with observed neutrality - cannot be considered a special
guarantee for the contents:
For instance, among older
works of relevance are those by C.W. Leadbeater, the Theosophist. Related and
connected information can be found in a book by Christopher McIntosh, i.e. "The
Among English classics is
"The Rosicrucian Enlightenment" by Frances A. Yates, the great researcher
(Routhledge & Keagan Paul, London 1972); and "Who was Hiram Abiff" by J.S.M.
Ward (Baskerville Press, London, 1925)
Among later books or
reprints, Leadbeater's "Freemasonry and its Ancient Rites" (Gramercy Books, New
York) was published in 1998. "The Hiram Key" by Christopher Knight & Robert
Lomas (Barnes & Noble, New York, 1996) should also be mentioned.
¤ What is known concerning Egyptian influence of philosophical
:: OvS's reply. Additional information can be found in
the impressive examinations of special conditions in relation to the hidden
knowledge of the Knights Templar - originally collected in the Middle East and
often also with Egyptian roots. This is mentioned in "The Templar's Secret
Island" by Henry Lincoln & Erling Haagensen (Windrush Press, Moreton-In-March,
2000). For instance, an advanced geometry on an impressive scientific level is
revealed, and the forgotten, genius methodology is being reconstructed. See also
web-site www.merling.dk .
Later, a number of
unusual texts were later to be of great importance to the Renaissance break up
with the Catholic church and for the new thinking as well as for the
simultaneously awakening development of science, by which in all branches
started on a religious-philosophical basis. Namely, an Egyptian-Greek work
called "Corpus Hermeticum" or "The Hermetic Books".
Another recommendable scientific work about Egyptology and the European
understanding of - and the influence from - the Ancient Egypt is "The Myth of
Egypt and Its Hieroglyphs" (1961) by a Danish authority of Egyptology, Erik Iversen, Ph.D.,h.c., Professor,
formerly at The University of Copenhagen. This book was independently recommended by, and
reprinted by, the Princeton University (Princeton U.P. 1993).
And finally, "Egyptian
Hermetic Doctrine" (Tusculanum, Copenhagen, 1984), a unique treatise by Erik
Iversen, which demonstrates the deep roots of "Corpus Hermeticum" in Egyptian
history 4000 years ago.
¤ Is the writer himself connected with the Freemasonic ideology?
:: OvS's reply. A number of special information in the
book-series on Moses have made readers recognize a few relations to freemasonic
pre-history - especially in vol. 1, vol. 2, and vol. 4.
The writer is grateful
for many valuable statements about having contributed to inspiration. However,
his research is focused in another direction: He is not a member of any
organization and has not strived for a thorough knowledge in that particular
field. But he has only brought to light, and passed on, some basic, often
forgotten features with certain exact resemblances with well-known historic
relations to Egypt and the Middle East. In this respect this book-series have
been found so important that the "Freemason Information", the great Danish Freemasons'
Magazine, which hitherto had not very often presented reviewing of books, has given the books due press
coverage when the books eventually were being issued. And the books have been purchased, too, for the book collections and libraries of the Freemasonic centres.
¤ The questions about looking up relevant issues within this
:: OvS's reply. The ancient initiation cults mentioned
in the books on Moses have brought about different questions from the readers,
even about possible, cult related guidance. Again, it can be said that such
subjects are not in the focus of the writer, and he refrains from authoritative
insight in the subject. Nevertheless, the above mentioned literature may
probably be of interest and some help for the readers to look deeper into the
subject, for instance, with a new view on certain parts of the "spiritually"
related geometry previously mentioned.
Cf. also the presentation
of certain excerpts, also published in OvS's web site articles like
"Pattern, Universe, and Ancient Knowledge" (both on present web-site's Zenith files or
It may also be mentioned,
that some of what an inquirer within the huge area in question possibly can add
to his/her knowledge, may be what the inquirer can find out by himself/herself -
as an individual task. In this field especially the Egyptian inspiration may be
a supplement and a perspective to the subject. This being an extension of what,
for instance, the book-series on Moses have pointed out also about Egyptian
spiritually based architecture, ancient mystery plays and ritual traditions.
¤ Would the material have been easier accessible to many readers,
if the plot had been written as a novel?
:: OvS's reply. Over and over it is asked if the very
dramatic, historic material of the books should not rather have been presented
as a novel.
From time to time several
researchers have had such inquiries from readers, who would very much like to
have the exciting information, but would prefer this through fiction by its well
known communication abilities.
Some readers see a reference to sources as a
convenient guarantee for the quality of information or an interesting, extra information along the way, while others - quite understandable - see it as too many traffic lights, which will too frequently slow down the speed.
scientists have used the novel story form, when they have wanted to introduce or
try out new thoughts - for ordinary reading an handy, but also more
responsibility-free, communication form.
The present work is
focusing openly upon basic elements to a new understanding of the background of
Moses and of important circumstances within our old history. Such a project has
never been made before - and might possibly be understood as less useable in
practice or for serious evaluation, if the presented discoveries had been
described in a way that simultaneously made them less accessible to check up.
¤ What was the reason for examining the special subjects
:: OvS's reply. The re-evaluation of the identity of
Moses and his background was necessitated by the fact that a lot of new
knowledge had not been related to a number of relevant, ancient sources.
cases the new knowledge had not been examined further as when, for instance, Egyptologists and archaeologists are seen to perform
- often more prestigious-giving - new initiatives and excavations, rather than
using the increased knowledge of their professional field to give an important,
necessary, and most valuable finishing study to many of the previous
Often, also many ancient sources have not been thoroughly tested,
because they may appear as "alienated" compared to hitherto "canonized"
knowledge. The impression of this shortage was confirmed to the writer during
his contact with many of the involved scientific areas.
An early founded interest
by Ove von Spaeth for history and astronomy lead to the acquaintance of the world's oldest
star map. Gradually (around 1980), related data from several areas of research
made it obvious that it dated from the times where Moses could be living. This
observation together with the fact that further relations to Moses could be
established, was manifested shortly after in a printed edition as a preliminary
and brief version.
On-going studies to
investigate the historical circumstances of Moses were soon disclosing the
existence of much of the research groups' internal confusion about this figure.
in-schooling of theological hypotheses about Moses, which could pull the study
into a certain direction, an all-over free view was maintained from the
beginning. And also without any idea of the vast extent of the subject, Ove von Spaeth
worked systematically with the disclosure of all the relevant, and often rare,
material about Moses - and about chronology.
The intense research
proved to last for years - and by this the tremendous Moses bibliography was
born; also the Egyptian star map was dated for the first time. This has now been
published separately as a scientific treatise in the "Centaurus International
Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology" (vol. 42¸3,
2000, pp 159-179), as well as in a version published as an appendix to the
book-series' volume 2.
The contributing experts, of course, have no responsibility at all for the use
of their information. The researchers in
question have been acknowledged
individually in the prefaces of the volumes, on which they have been of help by
consultancy, argumentation, criticism, or in other ways. They have often been very courageous when because of
their support to the book-series on Moses they had been facing their colleagues'
the disapproval in the academic world.
The summary of material
to an extent - never seen before - in connection with the Moses research implied
that the thus inter-disciplinary work hardly would have been made without the
help of the many competent and interested researchers.
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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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