||As presented to Sjaellands Tidende
(daily), 13 January 2006 - Literature Article:
|Advanced Prophet as an Unknown Genius
documents, important to us, are now having a number of mysterious conditions
explained through a very unusual effort of research. -
The new and exciting
information being available, introduces a current re-discovery of the
amazing influence of Moses - from the troubled Middle East of the past till
today's special conditions.
By JENS JOERGENSEN, MA Historian, former Headmaster
To produce witnesses in courts; to have an alphabet instead of a pictography; to
be granted one weekly day off. Contemporary concepts to us. Obvious concepts to
us. But surprisingly enough,
also facts that can be referred to the somewhat storied figure we know as Moses
from narratives and readings.
Although this background
is of great importance to our social life, we have barely realized it.
A Mysterious Figure Until Now
Who was the real Moses? A new orientation - very unusual information - is
presented to us by Ove von Spaeth, the Researcher and Writer, in his latest
book, "Prophet and Unknown Genius" (subtitle, "Illuminating Moses the Advanced
The book presents
controversial ancient texts, which have been handed down, concerning the oldest
prophet and thinker of the Bible. According to the research of the sources of
the tradition, Moses had a past as a highly educated Egyptian crown prince - and
he established a dateless legislation. Later, however, it was attempted to
deprive him of his also revolutionizing innovations.
By a very unusual
research effort there has now been explained a number of mysterious conditions
of certain important, ancient documents. The new and exciting information thus
being available introduces a topical re-discovery of the surprising influence of
Moses even today. According to the book cover's flap text, the former University
Lecturer, Leo Hjortsoe, the Expert of Ancient History and Culture, had early
stated an opinion to which I can only agree:
"... an impressive
depiction of a man straddling the dividing line between history and prehistory
and who according to this congenial depiction even created this line himself. -
The sources as presented by the author ... enables the reader to span vast
distances in time and argumentation. ..."
Days Off are a Human Right
Based on the abundant but often unnoticed source material, it becomes clear that
in Antiquity Moses appeared as a person with a versatile talent, known as
prophet and legislator, as well as general, philosopher, astronomy expert,
The legislation of Moses
- although this also includes some contemporary, normal cruel provisions - also
presents surprisingly modern principles: laws on environments, and for social
affairs, human rights, asylum, economic rehabilitation, protection of animals,
hygiene provisions, and military ethics.
And we see that law
studies are not necessarily a mildewed affair. The three chapters of the book on
the Mosaic Law are both thrilling and subtle. The entire book has been written
at as rapid pace and in a fine and intelligible language - and is presented of
much relevance and with many current parallels.
When Moses laid
down the Israelite
calendar with 7-day weeks - unlike e.g. the Egyptian
10-day weeks calendar - by these provisions it was for the first time
determined a weekly day of rest. It was expressed being ordered as a "human
right". The ancient Rabbinical Writings also call the day "the gift of
We also hear about his
determination - 3,500 years ago - of calendar conditions like Easter and
Whitsuntide. Later these, via Christian events, became increasingly important
and are still parts of our calendar.
Following Moses Into the Present
Presently it is almost neglected that Moses also is showing relation to the
invention of the alphabet, - although this was obvious to many ancient writers
and Rabbinical Writings besides the Bible and later the Koran.
Generally, the alphabet
is dated to the times of Moses. It is distinguished from older writing systems,
e.g. the hieroglyphs, by being mainly phonetic based and useable in all
languages. The Bible was the first book in the world using the alphabet. Ove von
Spaeth's absorbing tracing of the birth of the alphabet is pleasantly analytical
and is also experienced as a fabulous expedition.
Moses was the
first known founder of a religion. The book also provides information on the
Egyptian-Greek writer, Manetho, 280 BC, who had access to the famous
Alexandria Library documents, which had been ordered to be collected in the
very ancient Egyptian temple libraries. Manetho was thus able to inform that
already prior to the Exodus from Egypt, Moses had presented a programme on
religious reforms - and that his accession as head of the upheaval took
place in the Lower Egyptian town of On, Heliopolis, "the City of he Sun".
The Moses religion was
naturally marked also by features of the past, but an important command was that
"thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself". Later, when Jesus was quoting Moses,
this got its famous significance in Christianity.
Today another still
wide-spread feature of the Moses religion can be observed: the names like Adam,
Abel, Eve, Jacob, Joseph and many more - these names are being used all over the
world. All these personal names are from the biblical Moses Books.
These Books as International Sensation
"Prophet and Unknown Genius" is the fifth of Ove von Spaeth's books about the
exciting, displaced parts of the dramatic history of Moses (cf.
www.moses-egypt.net). In these books it the first time such a huge material
there is comprised from sources of Antiquity and ancient history on Moses and
According to the epilogue
of this fifth volume the intensive research required more than 20 years of
studies including tracing and testing of materials and results. Nobody has ever
written 5 books on Moses and his history - actually not even a 2-volume work is
in existence. We can be proud of this monumental work - an international
sensation. And I am privileged to recommend the volume, "Prophet and Unknown
Genius", to everybody who wish a comprehensive presentation and a more
logical-realistic picture of an in fact very exciting sequence of ancient
When so comprehensive
amounts of valuable information in this field are available, the sometimes
extreme theoretical interpretation of the past executed by certain schools of
research may seem absurd. In "Prophet and Unknown Genius", however, its writer
Ove von Spaeth has realized that the task of history writing is to explain and
to understand, and not to pronounce politically correct - and presently
fashionable - sentences on history.
Counter-Strike Against Non-History
How was it invented that Moses should be a myth? The book points out that "the
scientific research, especially that established in the 19th century, has
reacted in two opposite directions: either by moving around about the
historically lately appeared "Moses stereotypes" with Moses as a Hebrew
patriarch and a "shepherd figure" - or by rejecting altogether the historic
existence of Moses.
Not many, except the most
fundamentalist circles, believe in a historical infallibility of the Bible. And
in most recent times many groups among the "theorists of the writing table"
gradually have had to abandon their non-historic myth ideas about Ur, the
Hittites, Troy, and even Buddha, King Midas and many more - facing concrete and
simply incontrovertible archaeological material of evidence.
The present book of Ove
von Spaeth is bound to convince about this being the time for seriously to give
up the uncertified and unfounded myth ideas about the non-existence of Moses.
The established knowledge
suffers - of natural reasons - from huge gaps in research. In the light of much
new material, some parts of the established knowledge on the past will often be
incorrect. There are many angles, and all historians know that there is no authoritarian "belief"
for a given historical sequence - not one unambiguous
Moses' Unknown Life in Egypt
According to this book, a lot is pointing to the fact that a number of original
narratives about the early life of Moses, had been parted and divided. Some of
these parts were being included in what we later have known as the Books of
Moses. But other parts of the remaining material were existing along with the
biblical texts - and eventually they were comprehended in the oldest of the
Rabbinical "Talmud" Writings.
It is from the
information of these Rabbinical Writings that the works of Ove von Spaeth have
extracted the concrete historical relevance. He points out coherence between
Moses narratives from Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Jewish, and Christian writers and
historians of Antiquity.
This is for instance the
case with Philo, the Philosopher of Alexandria, and Flavius Josephus, the
Roman-Jewish Historian, former Priest and Officer. From Egyptian information
contained in the world library of Alexandria, especially Philo had access to
traditions about Moses, but had also drawn - like Josephus - on Rabbinical
And Josephus informs us,
that from Titus Flavius Vespasian Caesar, the Conqueror of Jerusalem, he had
received scrolls taken from the temple at its destruction in 70 A.D.
Approximately 10 years later Josephus started his great work about Jewish
history. Parts of this work deal with events of the life of Moses.
Rare Sources in Use Again
Historical monuments? As Ove von Spaeth points out - Moses never created a big
empire, he never built a big metropolis, but he had a lot of influence on a
considerable part of the world's cultural history - and not least, he
contributed to an important base of western history of ideas.
Therefore, he is
important to us as background knowledge, too. And our writer of "Prophet and
Unknown Genius" masters the art of information in an accessible and inspiring
way about both the comprehensive material, and about the - at times - twisted
ways of established research.
Thus, according to this
book, biblical research about Moses up till now has been stagnant, especially
because of three main unsuccessful estimates: i.e. either that Moses is a myth
figure, or that he should be dated very late, or that the Moses texts had been
written by clerical writers 1,000 years after the time of Moses.
Creating Impression In the Present
It is impossible to deal with all the subjects of the book here. However, it is
important that the book is focusing on several new orientating conditions of the
old texts and points directly their coherent relations in ancient history. The
tangibly exciting information now accessible by a big audience intensifies the
consciousness on roots of our historical heritage and make them more vivid.
Every close study of concrete personalities of the Old Testament will have to
start with Moses, founder of Israel and the Israelite religion - and being the
great inspiration of later prophets.
Even in our modern times
it makes a virtual impact on us that 3,500 years ago Moses was connected to
conditions so impressive and surprising in our early historical and cultural
heritage. In my view I should like to have some information about Moses
presented as a person. According to the writer's preface that is not primarily
the purpose of this book, however. Nevertheless, such wide-spread activities of
a person might also to some extent be able to reflect the very person? This is
where the reader will have to create his/her own images.
have been presented - and a pleasantly thorough research. This one contributes
to prove that it is possible - successfully - to put forward extraordinary
demand for quality in the promoting of insight in a complex, ancient world and
its history of culture.
Also, the book is an
intellectual achievement, which - across dividing borders of traditional schools
- has been carried through as not only an especially valuable, but in fact an
upheaval, expanded research. And in the same time it is a highly inspiring
Ove von Spaeth: "Prophet and Unknown Genius", - Assassinating Moses,
272 pages, illustr., DKK 248, - C.A. Reitzel Publishers,
(Jens Jorgensen, MA Historian, former 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).
(Article with written permission from Jens
Jorgensen, for free use by OvS)