In Danish: "De Fortraengte Optegnelser" (Attentatet på Moses, Vol.1) / by
Ove von Spaeth
Copenhagen 1999, 2nd edition, updated 2004
pp. 236, soft cover,
DKK: 248, - illstr., facsims., genealog. table, maps, plans.
Includes bibliography and index.
Frederiksborg Amts Avis & Dagbladet (incl.
several local newspapers), 20 November 1999 - Literature Article:
The Suppressed Record
The research on the Egyptian background of Moses is
also of interest to our Nordic European culture circles.
By JENS JORGENSEN, MA Historian,
history examiner at the Universities
of Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense,
and former Head Master
A research of an unusual character has been performed here in our old nation,
Denmark. It is about a decisive historical discovery on Moses, the greatest
prophet of the Bible, and his special Egyptian background. As will appear, it
also is of relevance to us here in our Northern European cultural circles.
It is a question about
untraditional material, a re-examined spectrum of sources - for the first time
collected here and presented altogether. Everything is very comfortably accessible
in a book published a few months ago as "The Suppressed Report" ("Assassinating
Moses, vol. 1") by the Researcher, Ove von Spaeth.
reviews - when it was reviewed at all. Ove von Spaeth's incredible research work
received well deserved comments - as did his impressive check of development and
exchanges in the Mediterranean area of Antiquity, being an immense research, and
of the character of the book as a pioneering Moses research!
Shortly, however, almost
silence. A mysterious, sudden "oblivion". And therefore an absolute shame that
many potentially interested people will not know the existence of this book at
Now, why am I interested
in this? Because of the way von Spaeth presents the history of Moses, the book
deserves to be experienced as being relevant and important to all of us. Moses
stands as the initiator - 3,400 years ago - of some essential matters which
became a turning point in our cultural history: It affected several important
parts of the development - the impact still being in existence today in our
everyday life, our linguistic usage, our customs, and attitudes.
By letting the rare and
re-discovered material speak for itself and not letting the text being dominated
by one long, continued discussion about the predecessors' handling of the
topics, von Spaeth presents, goal-directed, his applied re-evaluating suggestion
to the early history of Moses.
I find the book
especially important in two decisive fields. First of all it has been written in
a language and with a progression that also qualifies it as being genuinely
exciting. This also not the least for people to whom the name of Moses would
otherwise symbolize old-fashioned classroom, stove, and scratching pens dipped
into the ink well of the upper edge of the desk. But in reality the book can and
should be read by everybody who appreciate a gripping and at the same time
thoroughly documented book.
And secondly - and
especially important - von Spaeth's book sets nothing less than a scientific new
All the same, some critics have pointed to the fact that this author is
autodidact. Completely irrelevant and even unserious. On the contrary, the
writer's special research attitude has proved to be a major advantage. Here,
because results from different, contributing research areas have been used
without the automatic acceptance and specialist sectarian response. This
researcher has been able, thus, to get around without prejudice and with a wider
perspective and understanding of coherence.
And what great freedom,
not always having to adapt one's good name and reputation in specialist circles,
where a research result, which is not considered "politically correct", under
certain circumstances may be neglected.
Especially, von Spaeth's
research has caused an apparent increase in the number of convincing indications
about Moses and a more fixed historical time. The material indicated that the
era of Moses was 200-300 years more back in time than often "accepted" so far. A
point bound to cause severe criticism from parts of the established researchers.
However, this new course
leads the book to valuable results. These are results opening up for a closer
examination of the stored up, yet numerous interesting, old traditions from
Antiquity about Moses and his life in Egypt. From now on, this may better than
ever be related to archaeology and history.
The material appears to
be able in a most probable way to demonstrate relevant details about Moses while
being connected with the pharaonic court in the 18th dynasty in 1500-1400 B.C.
And it seems to prove that in this Egyptian scenario Moses had been held out the
prospect of another fate than the one we know from the Bible.
With one surprise after
another, most of the book deals with - and presents - a veritable wealth of new
information about the first part of the life of Moses and the drama during
different pharaohs of the great civilization of Ancient Egypt.
Conclusive of the
qualifications of a researcher is especially his quality research behind the
presented results. And this is absolutely the case here - whether one agrees to
the conclusions or not.
I should like to point
out a few elements: 1. To a degree I have never experienced in
research, this book is based on closely correct, astronomical dates. This is
executed, for instance, based on information from the oldest parts of the
Many of these data have only been possible to verify in present time. The writer emphasizes - obviously correctly - that consequently they have to stem from
sources close to the original ancient notes. And he shows courage and abilities
to draw the necessary conclusions. 2. The book is brilliantly capable of
presenting and interpreting events based on the way the past was looking at the
world - and not with present time's oblique light which is often influencing
modern interpretations of events in a distant past. 3. Ritual mystery plays, the practise of
which may almost seem inaccessible today, are now being placed in the right
connection, where they so obviously belong, i.e. as something vital and
extremely important also in the everyday life of the past. And this researcher
shows that their substance contain more valuable historical and anthropological
data than previously noted. 4. The bibliography alone is worth a book.
Internationally seen, this contains the largest collection, so far, of
scientific books and articles on Moses. And in addition, one of the largest
collection of Egyptian astronomy and chronology. For everybody who wants to get
further knowledge in these fields, such a bibliography is indispensable.
Even several researchers have pointed to the fact that the time of Moses, as
previously mentioned, should be removed a couple of centuries back. However, as
the first, Ove von Spaeth has been able to confirm this by using a chronology
based on astronomy. That is the most precise, specified method of dating known
in these fields. Also in many other points the writer makes convincing a higher
age than usually anticipated concerning the age of oldest Rabbinical Writings.
Like von Spaeth - other
authorities and experts have emphasized that Moses has to be the genuine child
of the daughter of Pharaoh. However, also here this writer is the first to
support this, based on a wealth of sources - not least the Jewish Rabbinical
Writings - as well as historians of Antiquity - and on exact knowledge of a
detailed background concerning Egyptian-historical conditions.
have associated the writer of "The Suppressed Report" with the, likewise,
autodidact Schliemann's successful proof of the otherwise forgotten site of
ancient Troy. This, however, may also be somewhat irrelevant, compared to the
fact that von Spaeth by himself has produced an exact result able to bring out
certain parts of modern biblical studies of its stagnation in "myth research" -
and lead it to more real-historic inclined research.
As the book points out (p. 68), "… The Moses Assassination - made by his
contemporary Egyptian opposition and later, to a certain extent, by ancient
biblical editors - has now been recurrent in present time …".
were among the first to scientifically enlarge our view on the contents of the
old biblical texts, while researchers of theology and linguistics were mislead
by the "documentary"-theory - still not proved - which unfortunately was
developed prior to the scientific development of archaeology and history …".
The Royal Library
That it should be a Danish researcher who traced the facts and placed the
conclusive steps, was apparently contributed by, not the least, the presence
of the Judaistic Department of the Royal Library in Copenhagen with the - envied
abroad - exclusively fine and comprehensive collections. And in addition, the
special contact to a considerable number of other researchers, a close contact
which a country of this minor size (Denmark) is able to present. It was
necessary when, as well known in those circles, the work of the writer was
started a long time ago before the great times of the Internet.
Reading of the book -
with our different backgrounds and at different times - most of us would feel
invited to disagreement and challenged to discussions. The book may be able to
annoy, also because it chaffs our habitual ways of thinking.
Nevertheless, neither I
nor most other people have the possibility to make out a final scientific
conclusion of the amazing indications of the book and the results. In this area
only a few prior definite conclusions exist. But at least I am allowed to
evaluate the new way, through which von Spaeth so obviously right has chosen to
lead his project, as being the most exactly convincing and consistently logical.
In the Moses research
such an abundant break-through has hardly been seen ever. But in his preface the
writer says more conservatively about the discovery of the rare and also
controversial material and the conclusions that, "it is an offer for the
performances of further research". We have to anticipate that future researchers
will be prepared to use this productive chance and inspiration.
On May 25 (1999) C.A.
Reitzel Publishers published this book - clearly and so well deserved with best
seller qualities in its field - a culture historical deposit of knowledge of a
unique character. And correspondingly that is why it deserves a wide
This work vitalizes a
period, to many almost surrounded by a mystical light. Simultaneously, however,
the pattern of events and mind sets of the contents convey a lot to every modern
person, who want to step a bit behind the set-piece of the present.
(Jens Jorgensen, MA Historian, Examiner of History at the Universities of
Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Odense, and Headmaster of Slagelse College/High
School; for several years he was also a Member of Parliament, the
Conservative Party's Spokesman on Educational subjects).
Ove von Spaeth: De Fortrængte Optegnelser, - Attentatet på Moses, vol.
C.A. Reitzel Publisher, May 1999, 236 pages, 248 DKK
Stjernerne Journal, (No.7, 44th year,
pp.50-51), 24 September 1999 - book review:
Moses, the Mystery, and the Stars
By AGNETE BAY, M.A., Psychologist
What deserves a special attention is the work by Ove von Spaeth and which has
got the title:
"The Suppressed Record" - as volume 1 of his series "Assassinating Moses",
(first published in May 1999). It is not
too much to say that it is an epoch-making book. It not only it revises the popular
opinion of who Moses was but provides also a comprehensive picture of the
religious and even stellar-cultic circumstances, and in addition the politics of
power - all in the picture of the Middle East in the time of Moses.
An almost unimaginably
large material is the basis of the book. Its bibliography of special books
and publications comprises more than 30 close described pages. Among his book's sources Ove von Spaeth highlights
1. the Rabbinical
Writings in which the rabbis from various early centuries had maintained
additional information to the biblical text -
historians and -
3. ancient very
accurate astronomical - and history connected 'astrological' - data, which can be
verified through modern astronomical computing techniques.
Based on such astronomical computer calculations by processing the traditional
information, Ove von Spaeth points out that Moses must have been born about 200
years before what was previously thought. The precise time is 1534 BC (probably
on a date that corresponds to Tuesday, 8th February by New moon, local time by
at 10 in the morning in Thebes/Luxor).
Furthermore, the Pharaoh's daughter who
found him by the Nile bank and took care of him and brought him up, must have
been none other than the famous Queen Hatshepsut.
"Pharaoh's daughter" was a title not given to any daughter of pharaoh but only
to crown princesses. Hatshepsut was exactly this kind of high ranking princess
because of her full royal descent when both her parents were of the royal family
and cultic initiated. Even while her father was alive, she was his co-regent,
and in her later years she herself was regularly crowned as female pharaoh.
However, according to Ove von Spaeth, Hatshepsut was not only the Pharaoh's
daughter, who found Moses and brought him up as her son - she was his real
mother. In the Egyptian culture but also in other parts of the world
the future kings in their three-month age were provided by the gods from a river
or the sea, all being presented in the way of a religious mystery play.
The queen or princess
giving birth had in the time before and after birth remained at an isolated
place and first became officially the mother of the child after the ceremony by
the water. (A traditional re-founder of the Athens, King Kekrops, migrated from
Egypt in Moses' time, had at the new place used the royal infant ritual in the
same way, according Church history writer Eusebius).
Also it was very unlikely, says Ove von Spaeth, that a Hebrew foundling should
have received an upbringing under which he was inaugurated in the Egyptian mysteries
in the same way as the Egyptian heirs to the throne. In fact, Moses was brought
up to be a pharaoh. The author presents the theory that the from the Bible known
priest Jethro at Sinai was Moses' father. Jethro was both a relative and
an adviser to the Pharaoh at that time.
Hatshepsut's royal mother, the queen, had arranged that her daughter was born as a full royal
family member, therefore the queen had unite with the god during one of the more specific
celestial constellations at the World-axis in the sky, circumstances considered
favourable to such an intercourse, as during such case the god had resided in
the husband. When young, Hatshepsut had not been able to do the same, because her
half-brother who was 'assigned' as her husband was not yet an adult. In this
situation the god had to be represented by another high ranking member of her
family of royal blood, Jehtro.
When Moses was around 40 years, Jethro first - and later Moses himself - were pulled out of Egypt
by plots carried out by Moses' half-brother, the later Tuthmosis III in
collusion with many of the priests. Thus, it happened that Moses - instead of being
the ruler of Egypt - became the founder of the monotheistic religion -
still existing in our present time.
The book is fascinating reading - and requires by the reader no prerequisites
beyond general knowledge of biblical accounts on the Moses figure. From
professionals in the relevant disciplines many appreciative words have been
stated about the book.
One of the book's prewords is written by Dr.scient. Kristian Peder Moesgaard, Professor
Institute for the History of the Exact Sciences and also Director of the
Steno Museum, Denmark's Museum for the History of Science and Medicine. From an
astronomical professional angle of view, i.e. the mentioned planet constellation
in the text, he finds the book's re-evaluation of the date of Moses: "... worthy
of testing in relation to research in archaeology and general history ...".
Also, Moesgaard also points out that this basic point of the astronomical phenomena sheds new
light on the cohesion of the other material and content.
Ove von Spaeth: "The Suppressed Record" -
Assassinating Moses; - C.A. Reitzel Publishers, 1999 - 238 pages,
(Agnete Bay's written permission for free
text use by Ove von Spaeth)
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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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