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¤ Denmark's National Radio, Program 1's web-section, 15 March 2003  -  suggestion
Extremely well-documented conclusions

          "In his books on the important information about Moses, Danish writer and researcher Ove von Spaeth presents extraordinary knowledge on the life of Moses and Moses' importance to the origins of Judaism. For this reason, von Spaeth's extensive, highly respected research and extremely well-documented conclusions are a weighty contribution to the debate and understanding of the Jewish people. - Refreshing by exposing this new, unprejudiced view of the background of a problem which has plagued humanity for such a long time."

Randi Christiansen, expert opinion, contributor to DR (National) radio programme "Herrevaerelset", permanent text at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation's website  -  -  (15.Mar.2003)

¤ Letter (fax via C.A. Reitzel Publishers), 5 April 2004  -  comment:
Impressive - about an essential period in the history of our civilization

The new volume about Moses:  It is highly impressive what you have accomplished in this field. And I understand, a succeeding volume is to be expected. Is it internationally known what is obtained here about an essential period in the history of our civilization? Unfortunately, Danish language is not spoken or read by so many outside the frontiers of this country. I give the best wishes for your work - and send many greetings,

Bent Melchior, former Chief Rabbi of Denmark, 1360 Copenhagen K - (5.Apr.2004)

¤ Readers opinion, 20 July 2006  -  comment:

After having read about the history of reincarnation, I have picked up orientation further into your work and from the library I have also got your other books about Moses - indeed, they are impressive.

Aage Henriksen, Professor, Ph.D., University of Copenhagen  -  (20.jul.2006)

¤ Readers opinion, 21 May 2004  -  comments and questions:
The inspiring book-series read with the greatest pleasure

It is with the greatest pleasure I have read volume 2, 3, and 4 of your inspiring book-series, Assassinating Moses.
          When is the sold out volume one expected to be reprinted? And I would like to know when the last book of the series, the fifth volume, is expected to be published?

Torben Borg, Associate Professor, CIEK, University of Aalborg, Denmark -  &  -  (21.May,2004)

¤  Comment,, 8 July 2005  -  evaluation:
Your Research and Argumentation to Be Praised

As has been known for some time our "" shows from Volume four (The Secret Religion) of your book-series an extended version of its Chapter 24, i.e. "The Religion's Lost Dimension". We have just received this comment from Kenneth Knigge, a Student of Theology, about the chapter's subsection on later Jewish reincarnation science - that the text is:
          "... defective. The reference to Josephus (Antiquitates) is Book 18, but not Chapter 3, verse1, but the contrary, i.e. Chapter 1, verse 3. Yet the problem is that these Josephus lines do not deal with reincarnation but with resurrection (which is something different). Cf . the Maccabees 7:9, in which the term "anabiàsis" is used corresponding to Josephus's verb "anabioà". Here the meaning is quite clear, i.e. that this is about resurrection. ..."
          No, the meaning is absolutely not clear. It is, indeed, possible to use the same word in two different meanings, and you yourself also quote Josephus's more detailed explanation about reincarnation - now from the Essenes. Therefore I should like to add a comment to the review of the student of theology:
          - Considering how many and serious disclosures you present in your texts it gives one food for thought that he can only find one possible reverse of chapter and verse and a different interpretation of resurrection as an idea. This should be perceived a tremendous praise of your research and the argumentation in your text.

Erik Ansvang, Lecturer, Writer, Tour Guide  -  -  (8.Jul.2005)

¤ Project, Translation of the First Book of Moses, Genesis,  -  March 2003  -  Internet article:
Moses: the Enigma

If I had begun my research on Moses before I attempted the translation of Genesis, I probably would not have completed the translation. There is much viable research into the origins of the first five books of the Old Testament to indicate that Moses was probably a composite of several historical characters.
          If I had accepted the premise that Genesis was a compilation of myths recorded by several persons, then the idea of translating the text, letter by letter, to find its underlying mathematical and conceptual formulas, would reflect the same lunacy as placing a thousand monkeys in front of typewriters to reproduce Shakespeare. I would have had to disregard the concise mathematical formulas embedded in the precise arrangement of the letters...

          Where would an original manuscript of such importance come from? Moses is not a Hebrew name ... - The Danish writer, Ove von Spaeth, has written five books on Moses entitled: 'The Suppressed Record', 'The Enigmatic Son of Pharaoh's Daughter', 'The Vanished Successor', 'The Secret Religion', 'Prophet and Unknown Genius'. The first three of these have been published as of this writing. All are in Danish. Unfortunately, I have not been able to read all of his work. But based on what I have read, and through communication with the author, I'm confident he has historically located the individual that wrote the chapters translated in this manuscript. He places Moses in Egypt in 1500 BC. The Anointed One in question was important enough that his birth was prophesized by the stars.
          It is von Spaeth's, as well as my contention that he either rewrote, or used as a basis, manuscripts from an age much wiser than his own.

          There is more than enough evidence architecturally, historically, and mythically, to postulate an extremely advanced civilization ... The idea that we have evolved from some ambitious amoebas, but have somehow been endowed with a soul, stems from the underlying dogma of the separation of spirit and matter. Matter is a direct reflection of Spirit. - The sooner we recognize our divine heritage, the sooner we can claim the beauty we really are, and accept the responsibility of our existence.
          Moses' manuscript is an excellent example of superior concepts being relayed from some more advanced prior civilization that we are only now coming to realize on many fronts. He relayed, through his exquisite alphabet, both the verbal and numeric rendering of these concepts, concisely and poetically.

Dianna Padgett, Transframe, -  -  & -  - & -  -  (March 2003)

(ed.note:  Dianna Padgett is the author of the book: "V I AMR, Becoming Manifest Transformation . A Qabalistic and Egyptian Analysis of the Formula of Creation as Found in Genesis 1-4".   Tiamat Press  2003,   Denver, Colorado, )

¤ Religion Research, Pagan Influence on Old Testament, summer 2003  -  connection:
Moses and Osiris

          Boondoggles of Belief - Links for A Thousand Avenues of Inquiry - Religion Research: Pagan Influence on Old Testament: - Moses and Osiris:

Religion Research, Boondoggles of Belief, -  -  (summer 2003)

¤ Message, - September 2004  -  info:
The enigmatic Golden Calf of Egypt's gold

           On the first page of my website, there are some links to Ove von Spaeth's so very good texts. It is important for new readers to acquire a good foundation to begin the studies: A foundation of basic knowledge necessary to go deeply into this vast subject.
          The White Powder of Gold, The Elixir of Life. - The Egyptians called it mfkzt. "The Book of the Dead" describes the intake of the substance, along with a 30-day fasting, as: the ladder to heaven. The substance was swallowed and it strengthen the human body both physically and mentally for life. On Mount Sinai, Moses burned this powder. The Ark of the Covenant contained perhaps this substance. The new expression for this substance is "Mono Atomic Gold". - In response to my questions about the mysterious gold powder, Erik Ansvang reproduces following summary from the research given in Ove von Spaeth's book "The Secret Religion" (from chapter 8, p.71-82) on the enigmatic Golden Calf of Egypt's gold.

Thorstein Mikael Frank - - (September 2004)

¤, King Soul of Man, May 2005  -  opinion:

Interests: World Enlightenment. Try: Moses * Egypt * Spaeth =,  -  (May 2005)

¤ Aspiranten Magazine, Theosophical Center Oslo, Norway, Nov.2003 (No 2, pp.6-11)  -  on expanded issue of chapter 24 of Ove von Spaeth's book "The Secret Religion"
Religion's lost dimension

Aspiranten - Theosophical Magazine. Aspiranten is published by Theosophical Center Oslo, Norway, and is the membership magazine for members of Theosophical Center Oslo, Norway, and Theosophical Association Naestved, Denmark. Issues: February, May, September and November.
          Articles in the November issue - have been specially chosen: "The Lost Dimension of the Religion" - part 1, by Ove von Spaeth (externally published, expanded offprint of chapter 24 from his book "The Secret Religion"). - © 2000-2003 Theosophical Center Oslo, Norway.

Aspiranten, Theosophical Magazine, Oslo, Norway, - & - (November 2003)

¤ Letter, 22 August 2004  -  comment:
Argumentation and Material Extremely Interesting

With great pleasure I am reading this fourth volume of your work. Your argumentation and the material are extremely interesting, and quite a number of intriguing things are being revealed. - You have so many brilliant ideas and long, clear coherences, and you say something that a much general public usually pass over in silence. - I admire your work and in every respect I agree with the direction and the idea.
          I believe that some of the professional academics' opposition you meet is due to your way of argumentation, e.g. when you use a humongous amount of sources. You provoke the "idiots". That is fine - and yet I want to refer to Hans Christian Andersen in his "The New ABC", where under "calf" and "bull" he tries to explain to children the coherence just by saying, "How can I explain that to children?" Now, however, I want to go on with the reading - and that really becomes me. And what a wonderful book cover - it deserves a prize in itself.

Jurij Moskvitin, Philosopher, Writer, Mathematician, Concerto Pianist, - c/o Gomide, Rua Voluntarios da Patria 166, Apt. 1302, 22270-010 Rio de Janeiro, Botofogo, Brasil  -  (22nd August, 2004)

(Editor's note: Jurij Moskvitin's most famous book, "Essay on the Origin of Thought", Ohio University Press, 1974, was established soon as a true classic)

¤ History Journal Europe, Europe's History on the Internet, 7 Oct. 2004 - from essay:
Revealing new knowlege

For members of the Society of Europe's History there is news about Moses and the Egyptian Heritage in the Past and Present: Ove von Spaeth's book, ""The Secret Religion"", Assassinating Moses, vol. 4.
          For centuries, the Bible was at the top of the church's blacklist. Previously, some of the hidden teachings had reappeared among Egyptian Gnostics and in the cults of Antiquity, and subsequently in the Hermetic Books that contributed to the Renaissance, as well as in our times. New knowledge is revealed in the subjects about the religion's lost dimension. See info:

History Journal Europe, Europe's History on the Interrnet (- & Genealogy on the Internet) -  -  (7.Oct.2004)

¤ Letter, 28 December 2008  -  personal greetings:
Further success

"I share with you an affinity for ancient Egyptian history, of which you are an authority. On two occasions, in 1962 and 1992, I had an opportunity to visit Egypt. As I gazed upon the Pyramids that have withstood the times of human history, I found myself deep in thought and marvelled at Egypt's abundant, ancient wisdom that offers humanity sound lessons for overcoming the problems encountered in an increasingly turbulent contemporary society. ... It is my sincere hope that through exchanges that heighten peace, culture and education founded on Buddhist humanism we can further expand multi-fold paths of mutual trust. ... Heartfelt wishes for further success in your important endeavours."

Daisaku Ikeda, President of Soka Gakkai International, Tokyo,  -  (28.Dec.2005)

¤, Jan.-Feb.2006, 38.year, pp. 14-15, - 18 Januar 2006  -  comment:
Intriguing text

Carl Bloch: - Comment to a web-published text which is an expanded version of volume 4's cap. 24 in Ove von Spaeth's book, "The Secret Religion", 18 Januar 2006 - regarding reincarnation - has been a "hot potato". Her is a guide to how to collect knowledge and arguments. ...

          At there is a rich and intriguing article in two parts, "Religion's Lost Dimension", by Ove von Spaeth who states:
          - The idea of reincarnation appear all over the world, but i The Near East and Europe until present, this concept has mostly been shared by individual persons and various sects.
          - Several Fathers of Church and also bishops of the Christian Church were in reality supporters of the idea - for example Clemens, Origenes, and Justin Martyr - but their belief was condemned at the Church's stormy assembly, the synod of Nichaea, in the year of 325 - and finally by a coup at a synod in Constantinople in the year of 553. Many among the people of the Church were not agreeing, and the voting was mostly of political character.
          - Later, the idea reappeared by the Cathars - and the Albigensians - who, so brutally, were slaughtered in the 13th century.
          - Also, Ove von Spaeth presents concepts of karma in all the facets and the various historical views. There is presented similarities with the prohibitions and trauma known in psychology, and with Christianity's concept of sin and grace as well as free will and beliefs in faith.

          "... On tombstones from the Greek world of antiquity can be seen depicted "cocoon and butterfly" (the Greek term psyche  both means 'soul' and 'butterfly') where, by a person's death, the butterfly with its beautiful wings is illustrating the liberation of the soul from its earthly holster, i.e. the body is symbolized as a cocoon. This image was widely known - also in Asia, e.g. in China by the Taoistic mystic writer and supporter of reincarnation, Chuang Tzi, in the 3rd century AD, in his work 'The Soul and the Butterfly'...", according to Ove von Spaeth.

Carl Bloch,, Jan.-Feb.2006, 38. year, pp. 14-15,  - & -  Forum, Internetsp@lten, regarding web-publicated expanded version of volume 4's cap. 24, - 18 January 2006 - comment on by Forum, internetsp@lten, -  -  (18.Jan.2006)

¤ Teosofisk Forening Stavanger, , November 2004  -  info:
Understanding behind the oldest contents of the Bible

Moses and the Egyptian Heritage in the Past and Present: Understanding vital conditions behind the oldest contents of the Bible. Exclusive, cultic knowledge from a mystical and cosmological superstructure of Moses' religion is still evident in the Bible - and with connections that it has not been possible to demonstrate till now. Down through the ages an initiated elite upheld these secret, partly Egyptian, teachings that had been passed on by Moses to the Israelites.
          The Bible also appears to have served as a 'mystery text', and a special language was developed 'between the lines' of the Biblical texts. This language has since been forgotten - but did anyone else besides the old priests know how to read the concealed language?
          Up to now the "Egyptian factor" has been underemphazised in Biblical research, but now it can widely established as one of the most important prerequisites for understanding the vital circumstances behind the oldest contents of the Bible.
          - Ove von Spaeth: The Secret Religion - Assassinating Moses, vol. 4.

Theosophical Society Stavanger, Norway, - esoteriske boker - Mollegaten 37, Stavanger, -  -  (Nov.2004)

¤  Letter, 28 April 2003  -  questions : 
For how long time should we wait for the next book?

Hello, could you please tell me when your book "The Secret Religion" will be published, (for the time being the publisher was not able to clarify his answers), Sincerely ,

Verner Lyngskjold  - VL@sitadanmark  -  (28.Apr.2003)

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::  OvS's reply:   
Unfortunately, there has been some delaying problems. But fortunately, the book seems to have gained from the extra work. As it stands now, there are good chances for release in early autumn. With thanks for the interest,         Ove von Spaeth  -  (28.Apr.2003)

::  postword:    Several times many interested readers have kindly asked C.A. Reitzel Publishers or me about the next book of the series could be published. While this could be an opportunity to announce some additional information:
          The volume 4 of the Moses-series, "The Secret Religion", was ready for being published in December 2003, but because of excessive delays at the printing office it wasfinally published in February 2004.
          However, before this many other significant difficulties had turned up. The first three volumes of Moses series were published with a one-year interval between each book, but the volume 4 took three years entirely. When the publisher honestly answered questions and said, "according to the author, the book will soon to be ready for release," the persons often responded like, "Well, this told you also us the last time we asked."
          The problem was that the book "The Secret Religion" was in fact impossible to make, literally - but anyway, now it is here although it really should not be possible to exist. Indeed, thousands of very different kinds of data and information mutually not possible to integrate, and often even close to impossible to obtain, but I could see was a larger context - and then it should be checked and tested and furthermore given a readable and concise, clear form in order to be easy to used also for readers without a historical and technical experience.
          Actually, even two times with about one year interval I  called back the manuscript from the publisher after just having delivered it - each time after a short reflection I found that it still did not seem to function well enough.
          The elder and experienced Egyptologist, Professor Dr.Phil.hc. Erik Iversen, (d. 17.7.2001), formerly also Superintendent of the Egyptology Institute ot the University of Copenhagen, was always extremely helpful to many of my questions on Egyptology, and through his life he had published, often internationally, nearly 90 articles, writings and books. He told me that his latest releases - based on probably more experience than ever in the writing, however, was not easier to produce than the first ones: "... although it may take even many years to collect the material, this is nothing compared to carrying out the fair copy, a working process which by itself can present 'the true hell' almost every time ...".
          However, in my own case the volume 5 was easier to handle than the volume 4 (Unfortunately, the volume 5 also was unduly delayed by the printers - it was only published 18 March 2005 but had remained almost ready in the printing office since December 2004, to which the promised release was dated correctly on the book's data sheet).
          But never in my life I have had such violently extensive and demanding work as the volume 4 - and I will certainly not ever again undertake something similar. On the other hand it was also a great personal victory when the book "The Secret Religion" was finally published - perhaps the most important of them all. Yes, worth waiting for.
          Again, I thank everyone for both their interest and patience - and in particular C.A. Reitzel's courageous publisher, Svend Olufsen, who to great benefit for all of us so successfully defy the book market's simultaneously poor conditions and at that time the peculiar refusal of mentioning the book-series in the press - but he carried it out with great skill throughout

Ove von Spaeth, -  ultimo March 2005

¤ Reader's comment - 15 April 2004  -  opinion:
Perfectionism and tenacity

          I have now read your book concerning Moses, "The Secret Religion", and want to praise you for it. The book is incredibly exciting, closely packed with information, so it's important to tread carefully. I am impressed with your knowledge and your source material and the enormous perfectionism and tenacity you have. I have read four of the books and I think that vol. 4 is clearly the most difficult but also the best - I am looking forward to vol. 5.
          With such extensive documentation that you have presented there is none who can compare yourself with someone babbling New Ages freak, and if anyone does it despite such facts, it's probably the same people who do not accept your research. With thanks for the very good and interesting books.

Karin Ansvang, Schoolteacher, -  -  (15.Apr.2004)

¤, September 2004  -  introductions: 
The lost dimension - written about by Ove von Spaeth

Moses - we all know bout Moses, and he has been the inspiration of novels and films about the exodus from Egypt to Israel. Many people are still doubting if Moses have ever lived. Now, this has clearly been proven by Ove von Spaeth.
          A great loss the world of today suffers from is the loss of the sacred woman, The Patriachal Church dismissed her 1,600 years ago and made her a sinful being. A human being consists of a masculine and a feminine side. Two halves make one whole (see Corpus Hermeticum's Logie 48).
          One more subject is "the lost dimension" which Ove von Spaeth writes about in his books about Moses, i.e. the knowledge of the eternal soul always being on its way to its divine origin, through experience, reincarnation.
          Use the links to Ove von Spaeth's very fine texts, their address presented at ../zenith-files_en/zenith-netbase_en.asp . for instance, read Ove von Spaeth's texts about the enigmatic Golden calf made out of Egypt's gold. It is so important for new readers or students to get a genuine basis of fundamental knowledge in these matters to operate from in order to profoundly reaching the enormous comprising subject.

Thorstein Mikael Frank, - - (september 2004)

¤ Letter - Januar 2005  -  opinion:
On a spiritual journey in the groundbreaking books

          I view the book - Ove von Spaeth's "The Secret Religion" - as a spiritual journey which may not be comparable to St. Paul's journey, but it feels just like that because the author manages to take us out on just a spiritual journey in these groundbreaking books.
          The book is a monumental and ultimate work about Moses. It is not for quick reading, but can usefully be read many times and can be used for actual study. There is something in every sentence. Not something stuffed or small talk - but giving more than value for money.
          The book's advance publicity about the series' final volume promises that also the next time there will be some of the fascinating star-related substance. You can read more about these important books on their own website:

Karl Aage Jensen, editor, the net-issue of the AMH Magazine, - medio January 2005  -   - (Jan.2005)

¤ Recommendation -  1 September2012  -  Comment:
Pilgrimage on the ‘Starry Road' to Santiago de Compostella

          It is popular to go on pilgrimage, and to many people the trip is a great experience, leading to deeper self-awareness and inner peace. But how many know the old history behind today's spiritual pilgrimages - for example, the connection between the tracks and the starry sky? - On the author Ove von Spaeth uncovers this exciting mystery - in his text, "The Starry Road and Spiritual Pilgrimage".
          He says among other things that once in the 800-century AD the church proclaimed that a tomb, which was believed to contain the scull of the apostle James to have been found somewhere in the Northern Spain. - According to tradition the skull as a relic is moved to here where he, also according to tradition, had been on a missionary.
          This, in fact, 'double layer' route in Spain leading to a special holy place has strong parallels to Paul's last journey that symbolically seems to follow a celestial pattern of selected lines of sight between the stars and loaded with particular significance: a system known in the old religious cultures' overwhelming preoccupation with the starry world.
          Parts of the text on such a star line is from Ove von Spaeth's book "The Secret Religion", which is Volume 4 in his book-series "Assassinating Moses".
          Direct link to the article:

, - - September 2008   -  (1.Sep.2008)



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¤ Presentation,, 12 March 2003  -  info:
The Secret Archives of Moses?

The Bible informs us about the Arc of the Covenant given to Moses and later placed in the Temple of Solomon - and was last seen 2700 years ago.
          The first Temple, founded by Solomon, may also hold an ancient archive - secret documents dating back to Moses and Egypt. Historians find this hypothesis likely. If so - what knowledge was contained in this archive? What happened to it? Could it be found? The answer is: it might have been found - and concealed again.

          Hypothesis:  - The Jews possessed secret knowledge kept in an archive founded by Moses.
This archive contained secret religious documents, which Moses got access to, when he plundered the Egyptian temples prior to the exodus. (see: ).
Moses supplied the archive with his own handwritten books - the Book of Moses. The archive is the original Jewish "bible" - the original Old Testament. Only the initiated - selected member of the priesthood - had access.
          The Jewish King Hezekiah (Hizikaija) made an incredible work of engineering tunneling water approx. 500 metres through a mountain of solid rock (known as Zion) all the way from the spring of Gihon (Virgin Fountain) to the pool of Siloam inside Jerusalem. Convincing evidence exists for simultaneous constructions of secret hiding places connected to the channel from deep inside the Zion mountain.
          The archive was hidden at this prepared places just before the Babylonians sack Jerusalem and brought the tribe of Judah to its exile in Babylon around 585 BC. From their Babylonian exile - which lasted 40 years - the Jewish priesthood reconstructed important part of the documents of the archive. To day this reconstruction is the basic for the Jewish holy scriptures and the Christian Old Testament.

          But the original archive remained untouched - until year 1118, when a secret mission of nine European knights used nine years to get access to the hiding places. These nine knights were the founders of the enigmatic order of the Knights Templar. - Part of the archive was brought to Europe by the nine founders in 1127. 

Erling Haagensen, author and documentary director, (& )  -  (12.Mar.2003)


::   OvS's reply:    In "The Vanished Successor; Rediscovering the Hidden War Leading to Exodus" (for the present, only in Danish) - the volume 3 of my book-series on Moses - I have just accentuated the probability of the existence of the ancient material in question. And especially that it may have been deposed at least at three places at the time of Moses.
          And in the volume 4, "The Secret Religion", I have presented several traces of what seem to be some important contents of the hidden text material.

          The carefully hidden depots are to be found, according to my book, at those places where Moses and the Israelites occupied their protected bases: In the valley of the Sinai Mountain, the valley of Petra, and the valley at Mount Nebo. At this last place the tomb of Moses is extremely well hidden, according to the Bible (in Deuteronomy).
          One more hiding place in this connection is to be found, a late fourth collection, placed in - only partly rediscovered - the tunnel system in the mountain under the Jerusalem Temple place.

          More information on this and similar topics concerning the heritage from Egypt, see my article in the Swedano Journal (Oct.2000, updat. May2002): "The Knights Templar's Knowledge from Egypt"  - & - "Pattern, Universe, and Ancient Knowledge".

          Readers wanting more information on the Knights Templar: cf. Henry Lincoln & Erling Haagensen's "The Templars' Secret Island" (1992) is recommended (cf. and ).  - Erling Haagensen produced and directed the four episode TV-series "The Secret of the Templars" (1993), written and presented by Henry Lincoln. The series has been broadcast in most parts of the world - for instance by Discovery US and Discovery Europe.
          In any case, Moses represents the first important link in a chain of handing over, through the centuries, a special heritage of knowledge - which seems to contain parts of Egyptian initiated wisdom and science.

Ove von Spaeth

¤ Shirley, Discussiongroup, 19 March 2005  -  opinion:
Something about Osiris

          Encounter Board > The Media - : Shirley MacLaine -
join Shirley's Mailing List. This is a discussion forum powered by vBulletin. For Osiris -  
- here you can read something about Osiris, - by Ove von Spaeth, a close friend of mine.
          - More hits from: 

Ulla Runchel, Senior Member, Join Date: Mar 2005 - Location: u.r. - Posts: 106 - #8 -  -  (03-19-2005, 10:21 AM)

(Editor's note: Ulla Runchel is the author of "The Crystal Universe", (2003), - Universal Growth Publishing, Phoenix, Arizona)

¤ Newsgroups, The Byzantine Forum, 14 September 2004  -  comment:
The most accurate research on Moses

The last two gems I might point out to you before I sign off for a long vacation ...

          The most accurate research on Moses ...
          If you mention my name and web site he might forward to you his English pre-translation of the first book if you ask. I will vouch for you if I get email from him about you. I have not read the latter books of his series. They have not yet been translated. I can only say that the first book is very well researched and I agree with his conclusions in the first book. Our research was independent but many of our conclusions were the same.

          And of course for Revelations read no one else but Corsini. He died before I tried to contact him - but we recognized similar structure in Revelations. Uncanny. I have permission from his publisher and family to post this copy (however missing a few pages and no time yet to correct that) for private study. Our research was independent - our conclusions were the same. -

          And this man also finds a like structure in the dialogs of Plato. -
          But don't bother to mention my name as we came to disagree - He is French and the current social fad there is despise Christianity and America as a land of oppressed poverty by the super rich. But his research on Plato's dialogs as an ennead is very sound. Our research was independent. I had never looked at the dialogs in that way. But I immediately recognized that he was right. By the time of Plato the literary devise of the ennead had morphed... but was still the common form to use for such subjects. - Yup. Now it is time for me to vacation from the Byzantine Forum.

RayK (Member # 1014) - forum 4. East-N-West at The Byzantine Forum,. -;f=4;t=001207 - 11:14 AM -  (14.9.2004)

¤, permanent text, 24 June 2005  -  comments
Expanding Insight of Ancient Wisdom For the New Millennium

           "... Ove von Spaeth enchants us with age-old knowledge rewritten in contemporary language so everyone can participate in following the promising journey of Moses on several levels many thousands of years ago - cf. . A masterpiece that simply must be read, and readers will benefit and advance even further by reading it more than once. ..."
          Ulla Runchel, futurologist, researcher, writer
          - -  (27.Sep.2004)

          "... As far as research is concerned, Ove von Spaeth has passed the major test of apprenticeship long ago with his treatise on the ancient Egyptian star map, the oldest star map in the world (publ. in "Centaurus" (42,III, 2000) - and in addition the master test with his five volume work about the historical Moses, the series' title "Assassinating Moses" (1999-2005) - cf., too, . A hallmark of quality, also striking in his many articles - now to be published as e-books, too.
          All seeking persons can find answers in Ove von Spaeth's texts. They inform women and men of today, the teacher, the vicar, and in particular the researcher - here, everybody can find the most unique and subtle information. Such a knowledge concentrated in such a way of clarity and wisdom is hard to find elsewhere. ..."

Merete Gundersen, writer, holistic SIQ-therapist  -  -  (24.Jun.2005)

¤ Reader's mail, 14 March 2002  -  comments and questions:
Religion and Cosmos

In "The Secret Religion", especially in chapter 28, a particular pattern is demonstrated showing a kind of interaction or connection between a development of religion and development in the perception of space.
          It really it gives food for thought - but how much do we know about what other people also may have known about this?

Asmus Koefoed, DK-2200 Copenhagen N  -  (14.Mar.2004)


::   OvS's reply.   - The special material presented concerning a possible interaction or connection between a development of religion and development in the perception of cosmos is, so far, not dealt with before my book, "The Secret Religion", have brought it together and presented to such an extent.
          Other presentations of the relationship on such kind of co-action between the vision of the celestial space and religion with its related ethical concepts - in particular there is the work of historian of science, Thomas H. Kuhn: "The Copernican Revolution. - Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought" (1957).
          Kuhn also shows an astronomical background which is absolutely vital for the understanding of the Western cultural revolution which started here - not in a vacuum, but under a gradual radical necessity for the replacement of the long deadlock dogmas on the connection of the world.

          Moreover, the relationship has being expressed precisely and descriptively by the philosopher Immanuel Kant. He died on the 12th February 1804, and when he was buried his keen desire was followed, namely an inscription with a few of the most famous phrases from one of his works, "Critique of Pure Reason" from 1787. In this work he brings to light a new foundation for ethics and religion in the philosophical teaching of categories (basic guideline, he called the "categorical imperative"):
          - Immanuel Kant's words about the above mentioned special connection are in the inscription to be read as follows: "Two things fill the mind with new and again new growing admiration and awe, the more often and more sustained the thinking is dealing with them: the starry heaven over me and the moral law in me."

          Precisely such features were in the ancient traditions also conceived to be united in one and the same person, Moses. Thus, the oldest Rabbinical Writings and later the writers in Antiquity describe that the legislator and religion founder Moses was both a significant learned in astronomy as well as a philosopher.

Ove von Spaeth

¤ Inquiry  - 12 March 2012  -  Comment:
The Starry Road

          As an interested reader I enjoy encountering a host of immersive topics in "The Secret Religion". I have had the great pleasure that this book - which is far more extensive than I imagined - shows the old religious cultures' strong preoccupation with the starry world.
          This exciting topic, we can follow here as a red thread back through the early history of the world. In addition, when the book also mentions the famous pilgrimage route in northern Spain especially for his relation to the stars, the question arises: Can we then infer further on this basis - or is this phenomenon after all of a less wide-spread feature?

E.M. Stogafo, DK-2942 Skodsborg, - (12.Mar.2004)

¤ Response  -  22 August 2012  -  Comment:
St. Paul's voyage to Rome

          (OvS's response to E.M. Stogafo's comment, above)

          The 1,200-year-old pilgrimage route in Spain has always had clear allusions to the ideas of "stair-way to the stars". The route is still described with the star-connected name Via Lacta, the 'Milky Way'. And it is mentioned, as stated in my fourth book of Moses series, "The Secret Religion", in the chapter 22. - In that chapter, the main theme is St. Paul's voyage to Rome, which simultaneously seems to follow symbolically a particular celestial pattern formed by lines of sight between selected stars.
          In ancient times it was a well-known concept through millennia that the Milky Way was a cosmological highway to the goddess Isis being in this context expressed as the star Sirius.

          Ove von Spaeth
   -  (13.Mar.2004)

¤ Inquiry  - 15 August 2012  -  Comment:
Pilgrimage on the 'Starry Road'

          Regarding the Camino Santiago Compostella route, I have now walked the whole distance and had very special experiences there. Had read on the Internet that there was written about it in the Moses-series' volume fourth.
          So, I would very much like to see a deeper understanding of the descriptions about the Starry Road - which I will call the Energy Road. I knew that I had read somewhere that the Camino was also called the Starry Road and I found on Google that it was You who wrote about it. - Became so excited about the amazing works You have written that I had to send you a greeting and questions about your observations.
          Already last year I had a very clear experience that I went on a road which presents the chakras. It was some very violent and awareness rewarding experiences, which led to that I had to walk the road from the start. And it was this year in July. The beginning in the Pyrenees was definitely as the Root chakra and at Pamplona to change to the Sacral center, and then again the last 50 km before Leon to go to the Solar plexus. It was clear that Leon was the Solar plexus, and at Sierra to go to the Heart center and to Crown Center at Santiago.
          On the way, I was also a little shocked by how that part of the world - Northern Spain - is packed with superstition. Among other things, in a small town called Molinaseca in the region of Galicia, where people in the area believe in witches, and here they had ceremonies for expelling of witches.
          It has been hard to find where to buy more of your books. Can you tell me where? But I have instead been given access to all your books while they are to be found in the Masonic Lodge's Central Library in Copenhagen. What a gift for me. In a bookstore I have signed up for your books till when they get hold of some. I would like to own the books. Book nr. 4 is fantastic and instructive.
          For now, I am in the process of reading your great book - and I read on page 202 where you write about Isaac's son Jacob, who is on the field and look at the sky ladder.        Sincerely,

Hiordis Reher, - author, Body & Psychotherapist PTF, - 11:11 am August 15 2012  -
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¤ Response  -  22 August 2012  -  Comment:
The Starry Road, spiritual pilgrimage, and alchemy

          (OvS's response to Hiordis Reher's comment, above)

          Antiquity and older cultures, including e.g. in South America, present many deep views of the factual interaction between the universe and the earthly conditions, such as it once was stronger perceived in connection with the old Spanish pilgrim route.
          A mirror image of this principle can be seen documented by Father of Church, St. Augustine, who in 415 AD in his book "De Civitate Dei" (vol. 8:23) quoted the ancient Egyptian sage Hermes Trismegistos, 'The triple major Thoth', with these words:
          "... Egypt is a picture of the sky ... transferred from the sky down to Egypt ...".
          - And in Matthew 6:10, "... as in heaven so on earth ...".
          - Or by Tycho Brahe, researching in astronomy/astrology - and at the same time in alchemy which subject he thus called "the earthly astronomy". His motto was: ‘By looking down I see upward', and Suspiciendo despicio ‘By looking up I see downward'.
Also ancient wisdom that micro-cosmos is reflected in macro-cosmos, and was known in many places in the old world, - and, for example, in this context the human body's spine was seen as the 'life-sustaining' Milky Way. To follow such a path can in principle be similar stages in an alchemy process.

          Over time, could there perhaps through the particular practice have been created some 'features' in the pilgrim route, or did people perhaps chose a particular route because an earth radiation could be felt? Scientific measurements have eventually uncovered quite a few traditional sacred places where the earth has a radiation with a particular frequency - electromagnetic and otherwise. Vibrations, which can be measurably significant to the biological life.
          It is a fact that many ancient shrine places - often were established where there was built churches later - were just places with these qualities. There are hypotheses about the locations where the many people with religious purpose assembled could amplify the mentioned energies. For many centuries there may be accumulated so much that sensitive people can trace a real energy track. It is also a fact that the pilgrim route offers to many people an ideal situation for these additional influences which can cause a mental and spiritual 'kick' allowing for insight and experience on a higher level. Everything inside the person himself.
          The "energy-track" - perhaps originally established or appointed from specific ideas about the influence of an earthly reflection of "inter-stellar energy relations" in space - as a consequence to the larger context in the entire universe. So instead of that skeptics reject it as "New Age mumbo-jumbo" there should, of course!, be carried out scientific research - since the necessary sophisticated measuring equipment already exists!

          Superstitions which you mention in northern Spain, I have seen something of it when I for a long time lived far out in the countryside of southern Spain. Previously, Pablo Picasso came from exactly the same province and brought with him parts of such cultural traits to France where he lived for the rest of his life. For example, when he got his nails cut or his hair, he removed always the cuttings and buried them at a hidden place in nature. Nobody should be able to bewitch him using his cut hair.
          Regarding the eventually sold-out books from my book-series, it is fortunate that the libraries in most of the country's Freemason Loges and also by the Theosophists many places possess often several sets of the entire book-series.

          Ove von Spaeth
   -  (22.Aug.2012)

          Extended reading:  The Starry Road and spiritual pilgrimage  

¤ The Danish Rock Music Museum  -  April 2011  -  correspondence:
New Age in chapter 29 of 'The Secret Religion'

Subject:  Danish Rock Museum calls for ... Hello. - I am writing to you from the Danish Rock Museum, hoping to get in touch with Ove von Spaeth. - It is not about Moses, but about Ove's time in the 60's, where he made psychedelic art and published a book about the phenomenon.
          I investigate the topic and the area ... and we are very interested in the period, end 60s and the whole psychedelic project. I sit here with your little fascinating book, and if you have the desire and time, I'd like to talk with you about the time and the psychedelic, and what it meant to you and what you thought it was.
          Morten Lander Andersen,  Historian, - Danish Rock Museum -  1 April 2011 13:53  -
  - (1.apr.2011).
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To:  Morten Lander Andersen.   - It's true that I have written specially crafted book on the subject, "Psychedelic 67", and I was the first in Denmark, who designed posters for psychedelic concerts. Furthermore, I wrote opinion pieces on the subject in newspapers.
          Both The Poster Museum in Aarhus, and the Museum for Fine Arts in Copenhagen, as well as Denmark's Royal National Library, have my entire poster series. Denmark's Royal National Library also has the book in both versions, since it was reprinted in 1969, when it was expanded to twice scale. - With what can I help? - Best regards,
          Ove von Spaeth, - 1 April 2011 14:05 -  -  (1.apr.2011).
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To: OvS.   - I would like to hear about your inspiration at that time within the psychedelic. The information I have about you is very sparse. In your book of that time you describe the psychedelic as an almost religious project. In each case, an ideological project and with long historical roots. In their time it was seen as a pop phenomenon and posterity has seen it as a special 1960's phenomenon that is rooted in England and America. It has surprised me that there are people like you who are so knowledgeable and advanced in this area.This I would like to know more about.
          Morten Lander Andersen,  Historian, - Danish Rock Museum -  4 April 2011 11:00  -
  -  (4.apr.2011).
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To: Morten L.A.   -  I may initially assist with a text from Volume 4 of my Moses series. There you will see more about the psychedelic and the often religiously oriented side, the spiritual-ideological projects that particularly flourished in California. From there, they inspired the rest of the world. It was an important aspect of the time.  - I will present you with the text about New Age, Stanislaf Grofff, Jung and the Vatican's protests, etc.: (see excerpts from my book, "The Secret Religion. - Moses and the legacy of Egypt in the Past and Present", Copenhagen 2004, pp 290-304 (29th chapter): From Moses to the new era.
          Ove von Spaeth  - 24th April 2011 01:53 - - (24.apr.2011).
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To: OvS.   -  I went to see your poster collection at the Museum for Fine Arts in Copenhagen (now Design Museum Denmark). It was really nice! Especially the Pentangle-poster with a silver background. I had contacted a Ph.D. students in Art History (Department of Art and Cultural Studies, Copenhagen University), Kristian Handberg, as a researcher in retro culture, and invited him along. He was very excited and tried taking photos of the posters. He was so excited that he has created a blog where you with your work is placed as the first post. Here is your work described as having great graphic value, unique and overlooked ... see:
          Morten Lander Andersen,  Historian, - Danish Rock Museum  -  13-09-2011 09:44  - 
  - (13.sep.2011).
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Posted by:  Kristian Handberg:   blog  The Psychedelic Revivalism Revisited
          The Sixties were a culturally decisive decade – also concerning the role of the past and the basis for retro. Maybe it is exactly in the middle of the decade that we have "The rift of retro"(Simon Reynolds: "Retromania", 2011) and the shift from futurism to revivalism as the fuel of cultural fantasy. The moment is defined in the upper right corner of The Beatles' lp Rubber Soul (December 1965) with the ornamented graphics. Few months after an exhibition of Aubrey Beardsley at the in itself retro Victoria and Albert Museum were the starting gathering of the London underground scene took place. And, simultaneously, the first psychedelic posters appeared in San Francisco.
          Here, a relatively recent past style were intensively used to create a visual culture for the psychedelic counter culture from 'Swinging London' to 'Nouveau Frisco'. The Art Nouveau or Jugend school was seemingly the opposite of the dominating high modernism. Therefore it was appropriate for a counter culture as a demonstrative language both for internal and outwards directed communication. In a larger and slightly generalized perspective it could be seen as the first turn from "present futures" to "present pasts" in the terms of Huyssen (Andreas Huyssen: Present Pasts, 2002, p. 11) in the cutting edge culture. That it was also a manifestation of popular and counter culture is also an important condition for retro.
          Here, a relatively recent past style were intensively used to create a visual culture for the psychedelic counter culture from 'Swinging London' to 'Nouveau Frisco'. The Art Nouveau or Jugenstil were seemingly the opposite of the dominating high modernism. Therefore it was appropriate for a counter culture as a demonstrative language both for internal and outwards directed communication. In a larger and slightly generalized perspective it could be seen as the first turn from "present futures" to "present pasts" in the terms of Huyssen (Andreas Huyssen: Present Pasts, 2002, p. 11) in the cutting edge culture. That it was also a manifestation of popular and counter culture is also an important condition for retro.

          This is a complex and rich art historical field that I will not cover here. I will just mention a fascinating view into the psychedelic art that I recently had the opportunity to get in the archives of Design Museum Danmark (formerly and rightly Kunstindustrimuseet). Here Morten Lander Andersen from Danmarks Rockmuseum had invited me to join the study of the true pioneer of psychedelic poster in Denmark, Ove von Späth. From 1966 into psychedelic '67, he created series of posters of high graphical value for Danish artists and bands like Beefeaters, Poul Dissing and Exploding Mushroom, and visiting artists like John Mayall and Bert Jansch.
          The use of the Art Nouveau is distinct and even stated in his unique and overlooked book from that era, "Psychedelic '67" ("Psychedeliske '67", private press, 1969). In this book, the Jugendstil is praised as "... The first school of art that was deliberately created independently and as a break with 2,000 years of a Roman dominant perception ..." ("Den første stilart, der skabtes bevidst selvstændigt og som et brud med 2.000 års romersk dominerende stilopfattelse") (p. 37).
          The revival must be careful and graphically responsible, as Von Späth emphazises. The emblematic San Francisco covers are surprisingly mentioned as not so successful examples. There are limits for the revivalism but the psychedelic culture did not respected it when also including "... bun dough-like fashion-ads and the sign painters' scams ..." ("bolledejsagtige mode-annoncer og skiltemalerfiduser") (p. 15).

          The use of the Art Nouveau is distinct and even stated in his unique and overlooked book from the time, Psychedeliske '67 (private press, 1969). Here, the Jugendstil is praised as "… The first school of art that was deliberately created independently and as a break with 2,000 years of a Roman dominant perception …"("Den første stilart, der skabtes bevidst selvstændigt og som et brud med 2000 års romersk dominerende stilopfattelse") (p. 37).
          The revival must be careful and graphically responsible, von Späth emphasizes. The emblematic San Franscico covers are surprisingly mentioned as unsuccessful examples. There are limits for the revivalism that the psychedelic culture did not respect when it went all in with "… bun dough-like fashion-ads and the sign painters' scams …" ("bolledejsagtige mode-annoncer og skiltemalerfiduser") (p. 15). Von Späth did not stay in "psychedelic '67", as this example will show, but was leaving the potentials of a fascinating art and design historical study. He is now known as Ove von Spaeth and seemingly dedicated to the study of the historical Moses and other spiritual and historical issues (see: . Hopefully we will one day be able enjoy his work through an exhibition or publication.

Kristian Handberg, Ph.D.-student, Department of Art and Cultural Science, Copenhagen University, - Retro Culture Ideas and Impressions upon the Contemporary Cultural Revivals - The Psychedelic Revivalism Revisited  - Posted by: kristianhandberg | September 9, 2011 | -  - (9.Sep.2011).

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¤ Swedano Journal, (3rd year, No.2, pp 12-14), February 2004  -  &  archive: , 14 May 2002  -  Feature Article:
Science and the Historical Moses

By  OVE VON SPAETH, Writer, Researcher

Will new discoveries, which are generated and developed outside the established institutions, risk an unwelcome reception? In present research the historical Moses is often reduced to a mere myth. However, decisive material presented by my new-orientating book-series, “Assassinating Moses”, throws fresh light on the matter and transfers Moses from the myth back to his place in history.

Ove von Spaeth's books about the historical Moses present and put into perspective rediscovered elements in a historical connection of importance and still of current interest also in relation to religion and philosophy. This has also provoked a debate, which - besides useful counter-reasoning - also casts the irrational shadow of scientific prejudice.

          The aim of science is not to establish self-defense! Yet the reception of the books has often been what one could call 'interesting' due to certain peculiar reactions. The following survey provides the detached reader with the opportunity to know the counter-arguments to the criticism - perhaps with the risk of wanting to find out more and read the books about the dramatic fate of Moses and his influence on history of later times.


The essence of science is critical scrutiny. Therefore, it is both natural and desirable that new discoveries introduced in the present book-series about Moses are subjected to even very close criticism and analysis. It is extremely important that possible errors are examined - because one can relate to errors - whereas if the situation is left unclear it may have an unfortunate influence on the appraisal of the contents of the books.

          One volume after another has constantly presented further data and concrete examples.  Therefore, it is strange that this new research is still being criticized by strangely indignant university academics using undocumented statements. This was going on, repeating in an eternal circuit ever since my first book on the historical Moses was published. (Documentation can be seen on , the books' own website). - But the books present exact results on the basis of acknowledged facts, and it is easy to check that they are legitimately in accordance with arguments based on relevant data. In my books, such is presented in a non-polemic way. Even so, - by certain circles the contents are still considered heretical.

          From the very beginning it was presented as basically inflammatory that an independent, untraditional researcher was attempting from an over-all viewpoint to call attention to some major historical connections - from new angles and cutting across the dividing lines between subjects. This unorthodox messenger is hardly the right target. The real target should be the very ancient material - in itself re-orientating - which seriously challenges some aspects of conventional science. Thus, on the basis of their naturally limited specialities certain groups of academics refuse dogmatically and - alas - arrogantly to consider such general connections.

          In principle the basis of all science is to wonder; yet, if the agents of science are without criticism towards the hitherto accepted and acknowledged, they are unable to wonder. Progress may sometimes be blocked by a surfeit of knowledge - preventing even the casting of a glance at something new.

          Again, the main focus of science is not to establish self-defense! The books have been welcomed in various and sometimes aggressive ways - to which there is nothing else to be said but - so be it! Please note that on further undocumented criticism of the same general kind, exact answers can be found on these pages - and have already been given on several occasions. But of course new criticism will be responded to.

Sources and Myths, - and Distinguishing 'Relative' from 'Absolute'

A number of concrete examples show that some of the critics have focused, unfortunately, on their own profiling and theories as being the main issue instead of the subject which is being dealt with. On this basis the present work's comprehensive evidence material appears to create the fear amongst these critics that acceptance of its results may mean that part of their own works could be subject to doubt.

1.       Normally no exact dating is known for the said historical period of Moses, yet the dating used in the book-series on Moses is without further proof accused of being unacceptably incorrect. But it is not the case! Unfortunately, in this field the scientists often maintain the dating of ancient information should only be fixed as being the (relative) moment in time when the physical recording was made. And such more easily found, relative moments on time for the actual recording of the old texts often is often being conceived as a "valid" truth..
          Data in detailed historical events is not from the same day of being manifested in writing. In order to get closer to a historical point of time of reality, i.e. 'absolute chronology', a somewhat changed time estimate for the Egyptian and Jewish historical periods in question might be the outcome. Many researchers see this as "undesirable" that it may lead to some readjustments within the hitherto often used (and practical) concept, 'relative chronology'.

2.       Without any basis in documentation the books have been accused in general of using erroneous sources. This is not correct. One of the principles used in the books is to approach apparently strange and myth-like sources with an open mind and not to discard them indiscriminately. First, an investigation is carried out to see if circumstances in the source material can be at all realistic in historical reality. By, for instance, checking time data (especially astronomical data) of a source, one can of course better clarify or reject its reliability. - Only if the result is found reasonable can it be considered as a basis for taking one step further in the investigation of the source. Well-known and highly respected researchers have always used this method. So, why should the method not be recognized in the present case?

3.       When the books use ancient sources which in some cases were recorded later than the time of the theme in question, this has been criticized again and again by certain branches of research and labelled as incorrect use. It is wrong to make such a claim without scrutinizing the context (presented openly in the books).
          The essential point about the books' use of such sources is that in these texts many handed down comments are presented concerning some events only rediscovered in present times and accurately documented in historical detail - i.e. events that have taken place many hundred years or more prior to a later written recording of the text. Therefore the late writers in question cannot possibly themselves have experienced or been aware of these events in any other way than as exact references from traditions of an earlier date. Especially in the relevant cases nobody would be able to reject such a source as unreliable or as pure imagination.
          (For instance, in northern Europe, local place names may be from 500 to 2,000 years older than the time recorded in our oldest historical sources. When an oral tradition can be much older than texts handed down, nobody would insist on dating a place name, for instance the Danish city Odense which is connected with the god Odin, so obviously late as to the first written sources about the place from maybe as recently as the 15th century).

4.       Also - the books investigate often less researched areas, where only a limited number of sources exists. Some critics attempt to justify their rejection of the published results by claiming that, at the same time, conflicting sources which might challenge the discoveries have not been presented. This despite the fact that these are the cases where such sources do not exist. When in this way a researching tool is automatically put forward, also when - as in this case - it cannot be used, it becomes a somewhat parodic procedure which have nothing to do with true research. Characteristically, the critics in question has not yet pointed out and substantiated just one example of their claims that erroneous sources have been used in the books.

5.       The biblical so-called myths about, for instance, the Hittites proved to be true history after excavation of the capital of this nation. In the same way, great archaeologists and discoverers have decoded other claimed unhistorical myths - and thus found, for instance, Troy, "the tomb of Agamemnon", Knossos, the Labyrinth, and even an entire ancient people, the Minoans, as well as the linear-B tables in primary Greek, etc. Until his tomb was opened in the 1950's, King Midas was considered a myth. Some of the greatest archaeological findings all over the world have been found in the same way on the basis of exact information in several thousand-year-old myths and legends. Even Buddha was called a myth, until British archaeologists' excavations in the 1880's in northern India definitively disproved this.
           When the exodus of Moses and the Israelites from Egypt and their invasion into Canaan are rejected by researchers simply by claiming that these events are myths because no traces have been found of this invasion - also this is absolutely wrong. These rejections are unscientifically founded on a contradictory mix-up and often presented as if the critics could be in possession of concrete traces of an Israelite emigration that had definitely not taken place. And even though Israel is one of the archaeologically most excavated sites, it is a fact that 95 per cent of that country has not yet been excavated/examined.
          At the universities a paradoxical phenomenon actually exists (accentuated, now when also the Humanities are designated "science", so that Physical Science must then be designated Exact Science - being an absolute science), because in the fields of theology, biology, and anthropology etc. completely different explanations are given about large, central subjects of common interest; for instance about the origin of history. Absolutely no firm academic unity can be found here.
          On this background, and when, regarding the subject matter of the books, it is so often insistently maintained that "Moses belongs to myths", the critics ought to answer, first of all, the following questions, "Just how do you know? Have you ever investigated this?" Yet, the myth postulate is hardly ever put forward as a question, but stated as an unshakeable law of nature. But of course no consensus can be valid as a final scientific decision. Once there was a consensus of opinion that the earth was flat.

6.       A lot of documentation is in existence concerning the ancient mystery plays, but only little research has been done on this topic. Insight in the mystery elements is the very key to the many less understandable parts of the Bible and other ancient texts. What was said and done through acting the parts of these plays had an effect both politically and linguistically.
          Concrete examples of all this are presented in these books on Moses - from a knowledge not normally appearing on the schedule of the universities. A young Egyptologist, a text researcher of the University of Copenhagen, with a proclaimed dislike of the books has in the media attacked them for using this knowledge which elucidates a special rite in Egypt. He seriously used as evidence that "he has never come across this" - rather more arrogant than his few years of research experience could justify. A decisive point is to develop a better historical consciousness of the major importance attached to the performance of ancient times' mystery plays, where the participants performed and lived through such mythological actions of the gods.

Vital Element

Naturally, it can in no way be in the readers' interest to receive erroneous versions of the subjects and goals of the books, goals which instead aim at innovative thinking and re-examining of dogma. But normally, the critics - who cannot of course be omniscient - ought to be sober-minded and fair as well.

          However, it is regrettable to learn that critics and editors, many from different research backgrounds, attack the books on subjects not even dealt with, or to excess, repeat others' incorrect criticism without having read the books at all - perhaps a kind of lemming effect. They should not be beyond the responsibility required in other areas of our society, where most of us are subject to, for instance, our legislation's Marketing Act, section 2 - so important in everyday life; this law makes it completely illegal to use incorrect, misleading, and unfairly insufficient statements which may influence the public's acceptance. According to section 2, clause 4, the accuracy of statements about actual conditions must be documented. If the respect for such a codex or the like is ignored, it will, unfortunately, be easier for the critics to refrain from relating truthfully to the facts.

          In addition to clarifying explicit facts, the books also attach importance to communication as a vital element itself especially in the form of readability and relevance. But even though this has contributed to improved interest in the books in broad circles, this very fact alone is considered to be yet another suspect point as far as university people are concerned (quote: "cock-and-bull-story", "fiction", etc). However, a significant number of exact examples are presented in the books together with an unusual amount of sources, also those which have previously been ignored.

          Unfortunately, a number of scientific critics have rejected in public the thoroughly documented basis material of these books on Moses without feeling the need for closer argumentation. Instead it would be more than welcome if opportunities were to emerge where it would be possible to respond to concrete questions. Many debates might develop from the comprehensive material used in the books. The material is expressly at the disposal of the readers and is naturally open to debate in wider circles.

Interdisciplinary Research

So far, traditional research has not in general been open to curiosity regarding this new step. It has not been included as an innovative starting-point for a debate and made use of the effect which could stimulate public interest for the scientific area in question. Nor has anybody considered using the source material - however exceptional - in order to find elements which could be useful in further research.

          Within, for instance, environmental or industrial research it is quite normal to make unified evaluations based on data collected from a number of exact-scientific disciplines. However, within the humanities - which are often unaccustomed to interdisciplinary research - it can be observed in several cases that their researchers found it easier to ignore factual results. - If a scientist discovers that his professional competence is out of step with the realities of the world, he may for instance give up any wish he might have to possess a kind of knowledge monopoly and instead update his knowledge - or he may turn away and denounce the new knowledge.

          Thus, the said conduct must be less compatible with the essence and concept of science itself when, for instance, academics and scholars - even those with fine titles and so-called highly responsible positions, disclaim a cool scientific attitude and - it cannot be concealed - adopt a shrill indignant tone, and sometimes play unfair tricks (again, several unbecoming examples). This being done in spite of the existence of both public and professional forums for genuine debates on presented results.

           The academics in question might believe that they have some special interests to defend - sometimes based on an implicit 'authority' to decide what should be the correct view. Unfortunately, such arbitrary, self-confirming attempts to control opinions - by actions often invisible from the outside - are strictly against precious traditions for freedom of research and speech.

           Many such critics even act as "experts" in areas far beyond their own professional limits, as if they were absolutely sure that the book-series about Moses is wrong, and they are so sure that they feel they do not have to read the books more closely or check any sources. In his much respected standard work, "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" from the early 1960's, Thomas Kuhn has thus explained the professionals' inherent resistance to innovation. This is basic scientific theory material at today's universities.

           It is fair to ask what kind of mechanisms can bring about such irrational behaviour. Leon Festinger, the great American expert on social psychology, established in a famous study in the 1950's that a person's already existing store of knowledge and attitudes have a great influence on how he or she interprets new information.

           This theory about the way the brain processes what is known as "inharmonious" information is still an appreciated classic within social psychology (besides now being a part of several serious systems of therapy, the essence of which was for instance already known in ancient Indian Vedanta philosophy several thousand years ago). In the long run it may be paralyzing for a person to be unable to deal with what is immediately obvious - especially if his preconceived ideas prevent him from seeing what most others apparently see quite clearly.

          Just such a defense mechanism can be seen going into action if a row of researchers only believe that they are being attacked. In the present case irrespective of the fact that the book-series is not polemic. That specialists' knowledge, which might be naturally limited within their fields, is thus extended with interdisciplinary perspectives given by an outsider is indeed an indispensable practice which can prevent us losing our breadth of outlook and becoming victims of particular interests of the individual groups with their specific world picture. This, because there is not necessarily coherence between even serious university learning and the relevance of a genuinely existing knowledge and experience.

Against the Nature of Science

The contents of a 4,500-year-old papyrus-scroll ("Surgical Papyrus Edw. Smith") reveal a knowledge of exact sciences in ancient Egypt, showing among other things its basis in (quote:) "weighing and measuring accurately". Today the concept is extended, but still in principle a starting point in developed science. Likewise, it is natural in scientific research to incorporate a close investigational scepticism, otherwise anything could be approved and accepted.
          When criticizing other kinds of research - which are perhaps regarded as competitive - such criticism must be founded on seriousness and respect, precisely as is the case as in the execution of serious scientific research. Superficial generalizing and irresponsible emotional outbursts ignoring rational analysing evaluation do not belong here at all.

          Arguments and final decisions must be dealt with quite separately by the opponent - as the law separates the accusing and the judicial practice. If there are condemning arguments (quote: "This is a book that we are going to fight against for many years to come") and accusatory judgments (quote: "The very publication is deeply disgracing and deeply untrustworthy"), these statements constitute a case of criticizable and unscientific confusion, such as - in this case - testing characteristics of the premises of the work, and the very evaluation of the work. These confusions are against every scientific analytic principle and, unfortunately, provide a good "safe" reason for not reaching any trustworthy conclusion.

          During a lawsuit the accused is innocent until proven guilty. Nevertheless, the opposite principle can be seen now and then being practiced by a number of scientific representatives and institutions. By such self-staging judgmental power, the sentence is pronounced in advance and is published far and wide, all without a prior thorough and nuanced examination of the material. When severe, untrustworthy allegations and judgments then prove to be invalid, they are not withdrawn formally and apologized for. When placed in a wild jungle you are well aware that arrogance may result in death. And in research? Such arrogance makes the carrying out or evaluation of research impossible. Naturally, such a blockade kills any possibility for new insight.

          However, the number of published millimetres per column of scientific texts cannot decide the competence of a researcher, nor the number of visiting scientific conferences be most important, if - as is the case here - the consequences of a rather unusual source material in the book-series are to be evaluated. Basically, science as such has never been a case - based on some kind of accountancy ideal - of having something new necessarily fit into an established pattern. Otherwise so many great steps forward could never have been achieved. Science is, by nature, a self-correcting system - and new input appears every day.
          The research on Moses in the book-series which is built on qualitative methods - for instance by intensive, unprejudiced, source investigations - could not be without a thorough and scrutinizing opposition. Not least because, naturally, new results have to be accounted for to a higher degree than the well-known features.
          No books are faultless. However, when the author of the books takes full responsibility for his work and over the years stands up in defense of the main characteristics in this, and at the same time adopts a constructive attitude to criticism - this also leads to an understanding as to which parts of the opposition and the animosity are the problematic ones. It cannot be right that any author or researcher must limit himself to being "politically correct" and should avoid doing research in a more advanced way which might run the risk of crossing the boundaries of some academic-bureaucratic routines and perhaps disturb the somewhat tranquil waters of certain areas of research.

New Insight

That which is unconventional and alternative will only remain so when new. And within a number of other specialist areas there is not the same fear of giving attention to unorthodox research, when it comes to searching for new insight. Research and methods of analysis based on the valuable existing scientific tradition must be upheld and at the same time be modified with the necessary extension of its preconditioned ways of thinking (paradigms). So, herewith no reluctance against the existing science and world of scientists, but a wish from the undersigned that the more and more necessary extension of the perspective will be a reality. Therefore - instead of, for instance, diversionary attacks against knowledge of another kind, a broader attitude could already be taken into use. It will be a part of the future anyway.

          The very designation 'research' and its related prestigious expressions have, of course, nothing to do with quality. Possibly some of the more irrelevant problems connected with this could be reduced - for instance by adopting the same procedures Alexander Calder, who had the idea of calling his sculptures objects, in order to avoid the frequent debates as to whether or not his works were art. And the very book-series about the historical Moses - which according to the preface in each volume, is rather to be considered as an offer to other researchers - likewise could have outdistanced this kind of problem by being called perhaps "history enlightening information" or simply "records". Yet again, it cannot be a main objective to avoid causing offence.

          In itself it is not especially interesting that the books are attacked with undocumented accusations. However, concentration on the essential - in contrast to such forms of, from a scientific point of view, diffuse criticism - is what really counts here: it is a fact beyond debate that this research on Moses has produced concrete results - they speak for themselves.

          The results are present, they can be measured, analyzed, debated, and opposed. Certain parts may be changed or rejected, nobody is flawless, other parts may be consolidated. They exist - in fact for the first time - contrary to the situation hitherto, where plenty of hypotheses exist but never concrete facts containing substantial evidence.

          Nevertheless, many have erroneously assumed that the most well-known hypotheses through time about Moses - namely a Moses who is placed in other, later centuries, or a Moses as a total myth - was the veritable reality. Therefore, a special, defensive criticism arises when these constructions do not fit in with the new results. But it has simply been forgotten that they were only - and are - unproved hypotheses, i.e. a question of belief.

          And, although this additional book-promotion from the more "peculiar" critics may very well be useful, we should rather be looking forward to a more generous perspective; and that is to extend the fields of study to comprise the experience from a broader area than has been the case so far, in order to constructively and competently pave the way for greater openness - in everybody's interest. 

Ove von Spaeth,    copyright © 2002  -



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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 presented before.
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