Library lecturers' reviews, Danish Register
of Books, no.42, 16 October 2001 - Review::
Impressive - keeping the quality level
By HANS MICHELSEN, Library lecturer and Reviewer
In this third volume on Moses, the author has reached the time of the exodus
from Egypt (1455 BC) and the exile. By a coup Moses had been prevented from
ascending throne of Egypt, but from his exile he was, for a long time, able to
intrigue politically to regain his lost throne.
Brilliantly he exploited
the huge Middle East field of tensions and with the Hebrew immigrant workers he
eventually launched a rebellion. When it failed the Hebrews/Israelites searched
new country. Although the presentation is very detailed, it is an exciting
demonstration which is worthy of respect.
The author is documenting
his trace through the material often using much non-traditionally methods.
Archaeology and rare astronomical phenomena go hand in hand with precise
chronological dating, and are in some cases also to be recognized from the
Bible. Key findings seem to be able to prove indications of the exile in the
desert where the people after the exodus remained in almost 40 years before
arriving the promised land.
This third volume is
keeping the quality level of the first two and presents an exciting ancient
history from the Middle East, but also a character profile of a great religion
Spaeth, Ove von: "The Vanished Successor: Rediscovering the Hidden War
Leading to Exodus" - C.A. Reitzel. - 255 pages. - (Assassinating Moses, 3).
- Library classification 91.21.
As send to the Information, leading Danish daily,
July 2002 - literary feature article:
The Day the Sun Stood Still ...
By OLE HENNINGSEN, Writer, Lecturer
Concerning recent news coverage in the media regarding some current discoveries
of comets and strange phenomena and their possible historic re-arrival from the
past, it may be of interest to provide information on relevant historical
Also in the same context:
an impressive solution to an ancient historical puzzle which I got insight into
using a new book on historical discoveries. Here, I find it most appropriate to
report on a certain piece of information among the book's diverse contents. It
is also strongly related with the oldest known prehistoric personality which the
author describes as "the historical Moses".
A special detection
process has produced surprising insights that are leading to the discovery of a
historical pivot. It seems to give the hitherto most precise dating of the
obscure ancient biblical times. It belongs to a context where the contemporary
cultures were heavily occupied by stars and other phenomena in the sky.
And here it is even
practical that astronomy today may help researchers to the most accurate
historical dating. In the mentioned new book appears a string of incredibly
exciting, even revolutionary circumstances. Including interesting insights into
perceptions of astronomy before and now. It is the researcher Ove von Spaeth's
book "The Varnished
Successor" (C.A. Reitzel Publishers, 2001). - The book's surveyance of
one of history's most rare astronomical phenomena are worth looking at. Let's
take a view - however by an abbreviated summary - on this episode:
Shortly after the
termination of Moses and the Israelites' exodus from Egypt - mentioned in
the Bible's "Book of Joshua" (10:12-13) - some peculiar astronomical
circumstances were called attention to during a battle at Gibeon by the end
of the day of the event: "Sun, stand thoug still upon Gibeon; and though,
the Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. ..." - "...And the Sun stood still, and
the Moon stayed ... So the Sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted
not to go down about a whole day. ..."
Based on the biblical
text's interesting data the book explains how this unusual celestial
phenomenon apparently can be astronomically determined meticulously as a
total lunar eclipse - of a special kind.
'And There was No Day Like That Before It or After It'
The atmospheric layer is most dense when closest to Planet Earth and can
here be functioning as a bend wiring of light or a prism. Astronomers call
this effect, "refraction". The result of this bending of light is that the
visible sight of the moon and the sun is by almost half a degree of arc
lifted above the horizon (a half degree in the sky is equal to the diameter
of the disk of the full moon).
Therefore, under these
circumstances, the rising moon can be seen before having risen above the
horizon. Correspondingly, the sight of the sun remains in the sky for some
time after it has set.
In addition, the level of
height and the refraction can in this way increase the apparent height of
the sun and the moon above the horizon by more than one degree of arc. These
conditions both advances and extends the time of the immediately visible
presence of these celestial bodies in the sky. Geographically, the
battlefield of Joshua is situated 600 metres above sea level.
According to the biblical
text the event took place a few months after Easter. Astronomical
computing shows that a special lunar eclipse at Gibeon appeared at sunset on
25th June (as expressed by present calendar style), 1415 BC.
Optimum effort is
required to compute exactly the eclipse at sunset. Many acknowledged methods
of forms exist; they present slightly different results as to the precision
of minutes. But irrespective of the method, an eclipse was seen on the day
in question. Superstition was connected to the phenomenon - based on
biblical information (location and time) the situation shows that the
eclipse in question appeared in the enemies' visual field and had startling
circumstances concerning this celestial phenomenon of the "Book of Joshua"
is that both the sun as well as the lunar eclipse were visible
simultaneously - one at the western horizon and the other at the eastern
horizon - despite the fact that their positions were exactly opposite each
other at either side of Planet Earth - perceived as "the sun did not set".
It was an astronomical
situation which normally would result in a position making it only possible
to see one celestial body at a time. However, this type of lunar eclipse
allowing visibility of both the sun and the moon simultaneously is such an
extremely rare phenomenon, thus the text of the "Book of Joshua" (10:14)
specifies, "... And there was no day like that before it or after it ...".
The Cleomedes Phenomenon
However, 1,600 years after the Joshua event in question, the Greek
astronomer Cleomedes (within 100-200 AD) mentioned exactly the same rare
phenomenon. It was observed at the Caspian Sea. He computed its probability
and its extreme rarity. Always, the "Cleomedes Phenomenon" can be only
seen within a limited geographical area. This means that an immense span of time may
pass before this phenomenon will reappear in the same area.
Phenomenon" is known to have been noted only twice in present time -
observed in Paris on 16th December, 1880, at sunset late in the afternoon -
and a century later at Hawaii at sunset on 16th July, 1981.
The latter eclipse
(however not total) was mentioned in the "Sky and Telescope" journal(December,
1081) by William Sinton, an American astronomer on Hawaii. He achieved the
necessary extra refraction effect by watching the unusual celestial sight
from the 4.2 km high peak of Mount Mauna Kea - after having waited for years
for an opportunity to witness the phenomenon from a suitable site on Planet
This is only one example
of the interesting astronomical phenomenon which occupied our ancestors
among a lot of exciting material in the present work, i.e. "The Vanished
Successor" which is volume 3 of Ove von Spaeth's book-series,
In order to be able to
depict the strange event, when this rare phenomenon possibly could a bit difficult to
understand, I have referred directly and literally from the text of von
And as suggested, the book
also includes an overwhelming number of interesting observations and
absorbing discoveries, new important archaeological and religio-historical results
with revolutionary findings within the fascinating Middle East history. It
should not be necessary to mention that this is truly exciting and inspiring
Ove von Spaeth: "The Vanished Successor, - Rediscovering
the Hidden War Leading to Exodus". Copenhagen 2001. - C.A. Reitzel,
Publisher and Bookseller, pages 255, illustr., DKK
(With permission for OvS. to reproduce
the above article)
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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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