Notes on Education, Origin, Works, Art, Design, Travels -
Regarding other/further information. At the appearance of the
book-series on the historical Moses, there was an increase of public interest in
Ove von Spaeth's background as a writer. This revealed a disproportion of
interest in the author rather than in the exceptional ancient historical source
material, argumentations, and individual personality Moses himself as a
principle character and raison d'etre of the books.
This approaches a modern
tendency that authors are exposed as a brand and their books to aspire to big
business. But it is a common experience that serious research working is carried
out better under peaceful circumstances - preferable to most writers as to the
quality of their results.
causes may prevail for a demand for partly private information on the background
of more than 25 years of working with 5 volumes on Moses' history - as such task
was never done before. In the following, several savvy writers have helpfully
presented some parts of the course of events, - some mini-biographical notes.
More Background and Early
Public demand for some personal but less work-related information is sought
met with these data, - (collected by: Merete Gundersen, Writer,
Lecturer, and Publisher, - and by: Bjorn Andersen, MA in Literature
and Linguistics, Adjunct Lecturer at Copenhagen University, Writer,
At an early age Ove von
Spaeth's particular interest in history and astronomy developed to a keen
desire for further knowledge about the sky and the firmament, and gradually
also for the way we have understood these conditions to and their influence
on our religions and ways of thinking. In this relation he started to build
up his later so huge private library and archives (more than six thousand
volumes/titles, non-fictional and equal amounts of copies of articles and
The old family background
of Ove von Spaeth is originally a German-Polish nobility family - settled in
Denmark in 1729 - of originating in Wittenberg. On the map: it is the German
city where Giordano Bruno lectured, and where Luther advertised his theses -
in the Grand Duchy of Anhalt-Zerbst, from where Russia's Queen Catherina the
Great originated, and where the place or castle by the name Spaeth was to be
seen. In the Danish seaport Elsinore (Helsingoer) the family in 1756 had
built and possessed through a century a - still existing - classical style
In 1777 the von Spaeth family,
after foreign military service for the Russian Zar, was also neutralized as
Danish nobility and had an accordingly change made in their coat of
arms, today to be carried on by Christian, the son of Ove von
Spaeth. It was an old family of officers, an almost uninterrupted line of
generals and naval commanders with no exact tradition for - and in later
times neither the means for - a continued book learning now as in the case
of the comming author. And architect (preferably) or musician were in reality unavailable
perspectives in times prior to students' grants. Through some harsh years,
to make a living he started off rather young as a printer's apprentice.
Nevertheless, extensive private studies on his own - led to many often less
treaded paths, from where a lot of exciting, untraditional knowledge of many
lines of study have been collected - an extensive expedition through history,
time, and space. This was also a beginning of utilizing the experiences and
many of the results in his
publications and articles on these and
In addition to the
writing of books and later also to develop to the journalistic works - the
activities took place in the author's studios in both Denmark and abroad for several
years (e.g. in Andalucia, Spain), as well as Ove von Spaeth's study tours and other
explorations in all continents. However, the natural inner journeys,
essential and inspired by the studies, travels, discoveries, and personal
considerations showed also to be especially prolific and influential.
The Extra Line - the Arts
Ove von Spaeth also has a background parallel in an artistic education - and in
his early age he passed the final diploma examination in Graphic Design from The
Graphic Arts Institute of Denmark, by a education and training lasting several
years. Later, he lectured and instructed here as an adjunct instructor, for some
He established his own
design company for creating and producing book designs, magazines in new design
(prize winning), graphic trademarks and
logos (some designs to be
chosen and published by the prestigious international Swiss journal,
In the decades following
the 1960's became rather well-known for his innovative art publications and
articles relating to Indian music, art, and spirituality. His psychedelic poster
designs and pop-art are now housed at the archives of
Denmark’s Royal National
Design Museum Denmark
(earlier named for Fine Arts) in Copenhagen, and the Poster Museum in Aarhus. In
2011, this art collection became the subject of a public retrospective study.
And for a couple of years he made graphic design, too, for the The Danish
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and directly for Danish government's Minister of
Also, at an early stage Ove von Spaeth had some books of his own published -
in general characterized as successful experimenting literally,
journalistically, and graphically (and even received with enthusiasm by
great writers and critics, e.g.
Hans Jorgen Nielsen,
the University of Copenhagen during some terms he incorporated studies of
Chinese languages (on dispensation due to the craftsman education, i.e. a
non-academic background). However, the multi-task work had to be reduced because
the history studies and research gradually took up more and more time.
Eventually, research, and publication have been the very, and only, focus.
In the 1970's, Ove von
Spaeth began studying ancient history, religions, and astronomy. His analysis of
the world's oldest star-map from Egypt - the ‘Senmut star-map’ - was first
published in 1984 and developed further in 1996-2000. The ground-breaking
results appeared in Centaurus, the international history of science journal,
vol. 42 (2000). This venture led, in the years between 1999-2005, to further
studies in ancient Egypt resulting in a series of five books on the historical
Moses and his Egyptian background.
|Tracing the Moses Heritage From Egypt
By OVE VON SPAETH
Published in Swedano Journal, September 2002 (Vol.1, pp.53-66) - Featuring
New discoveries with interesting finds concerning the enigma of Moses are
re-establishing important historical coherence - now being presented in the book-series 'Assassinating Moses'. In these books a unique
historical material is
vitalizing the both fantastic and dramatic background for Moses in Egypt.
Moses belongs to the most well-informed and spiritual personalities of our
The vast amount of new, exciting information about the fate and mystery
of Moses were found after thorough investigations lasting many years. The great uncovering was
executed by tracking down the many, often repressed sources and relate them
to the recent conquests of research.
Since the publication
of the first book of the five volume-series many inquiries have been
received as to the creation of the books and the procedures used by the
writer. The present article will inform about relevant features of a
sequence of events lasting several years, with special detours and important
milestones - a personal introduction to the writer's reasons for being
occupied with the subject, and about the objective of the unusual project.
The Eternal Question
The fact that the cosmos, the huge space with stars and planets and the sun,
our eternal vigorous source, is of so decisive importance for each of us as
individuals, irrespective of our different ways of living, remains all valid
also if we live in places where the sky can rarely be seen, and even whether
we are conscious at all of the existence of these conditions. These
celestial circumstances have become so much a matter of course to us that they are often
receding into the background now in favour of more immediate things that
usually are occupying our attention.
Much from all this I
realized at a rather early stage, but the space with its oceans of stars
remained more often in my consciousness than the daily events of the
neighbourhood. I started to
read about how other peoples throughout history have understood these
conditions. There was so much to learn and adapt, and gradually I became
aware that it was indeed necessary that I got a huge library of my own.
After some years my library comprised around 5,000 volumes - mostly
professional topics and editions of the texts to be studied. An invaluable
aid through the many years before the Internet.
Also, I read about our
historical relationship with astronomy and its influence on our religions and the ways of thinking. In other words, the mystery of
existence in a cosmic perspective relating to our ways of beliefs in western
religions - would it be possible to combine these elements at all?
love thy neighbour as thyself" - the biblical Commandment so well known, is
by many people related to the learning of Jesus. But Jesus was quoting
Moses! (from Leviticus 19;18). This very commandment has been considerably
influential through times. So, who was this Moses, who lived almost 1,500
years prior to Jesus?
Moses was the
earliest known historical person who initiated a religion. A religion which
became a deep inspiration to the three main religions, i.e. Judaism,
Christianity, and Islam. And simultaneously a religion which for posterity
based itself in its own special book, the Bible, the world's most
wide-spread and read book, the oldest parts of which especially Moses has
written, according to the tradition.
parts of the Bible can be found a number of serene rules of conduct and
ethical claims, but also - according to modern times concepts - robust and
cruel features. How can this be compatible - did the same person write both
3,500 years after the works of Moses - how could it be meaningful at the
present that some groups are trying to live according to the most severe,
literal "understanding" of these texts? Especially when such disputed ways
of understanding also can be experienced so destructively used in connection
with huge, political and ethnic-religious problems of our era?
Since then and along the way - could something have happened to the texts
late after they were created? Many questions like these had been "aroused"
in me, when I, independently, started a number of special studies.
The World's Oldest Star Map
Through my early founded interest on history and astronomy -
many years before
my first book on Moses was published - I got acquainted with the world's
oldest star map. It is a beautifully made, ancient Egyptian survey of the
sky designed in a special form, much different from our way of doing these
things. The map was made by the most gifted person of that time, Senmut (or
Senenmut), minister-in-office of Queen Hatshepsut. After having studied,
independently, several subject lines like history, religion-traditions,
astronomy, old star lore, the myths of Antiquity, etc, I gradually realized,
that this star map dates from the epoch specific of Moses. The map proved to
describe a certain constellation in the sky in 1534 BC.
was supported, furthermore, by indications from the historians of Antiquity
concerning the chronology connecting to Moses. However, by closer
investigating the historical events of Moses, I soon discovered that within
existing research there is a lot of internal confusion about this important
been first introduced to theological hypotheses about Moses - capable of
drawing investigations in a certain direction - I tried from the very
beginning to maintain a broad view all around. But also without an idea
about the extensiveness of the subject, I worked methodically uncovering
everything relevant, i.e. often rare material about Moses and chronology.
This was to last for many years.
It was during these investigations that the star map was dated. In July-August
2000 the result was published as a scientific treatise in the "Centaurus
International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and
Astronomy" (Vol. 42). Prior to this I was fortunate enough to have my discoveries about the historical Moses accepted by C.A. Reitzel Publishers,
Copenhagen, a tradition-ridden publishing house for the universities, and I
was also comfortable with the fact that this was the original publishing
house of Soeren Kierkegaard and Hans
turned into becoming the book-series, "Assassinating Moses"; and here in the
an edition of the star map treatise was included. Also, I had the pleasure
of being a referee/reviewer with the "Isis Journal of the History of
Science", the world's biggest and oldest international science-history
During these long-lasting studies the
Moses bibliography was established (also reproduced in the books). And
it was encouraging too that for instance the Jewish National and University
Library in Jerusalem had started to buy this (Danish) series of books.
The world's oldest
star map, Egypt 1,500 BC. Ceiling decoration in the tomb of Senmut, the vizier.
Bound To the Mysterious Traces of Moses
Without realizing it from the beginning I had started a completely new
project only by originally wanting to write a by-line to a picture of the
star map. All of a sudden the text took up one whole page. And very soon
also a complete article. Based on many years of intensive work with the
relevant historical and spiritual subjects, it proved that actually I knew a
lot, which I had not realized at that time. This knowledge and connection
were within me, but at a kind of stage like the toy of a transparent glass
ball with shakeable snowfall. Where was I to start and to end?
decoding of a certain date of the star map proved to be the very first exact
dating of this map. When this also appeared to be a tool in determining the
time of Moses, all the pieces found their right place. The positive
consequence of this was that here - exactly on the right track - the
material itself could easily show the way. Now the text became a complete book.
And quickly two books. Soon also three. Extending gradually even to five books
- at one point, even six - so I disciplined myself very much to getting this
truly incredible and lively material into a more limited scale - preferably
without loosing anything. The entire work - so unforeseen - took more than
twenty years, besides years of preliminary studies which were then
One fine day I discovered that in reality I was on a mission. Like in the old
days when the captains were sent out with their ships on dangerous and strange
expeditions with sealed orders to be disclosed at the open sea only, i.e.
after a long time without landfall, and being unable to reach land, for
instance, by escaping using a rowing-boat. No escape possibilities. The way
out is the way through - and was here - to bring back the existence of Moses
into the consciousness of history.
essential circumstances of Antiquity becoming of importance even in our
culture today stem from Moses and his time. To incorporate innumerable pieces
of the wide-spread material of sources appeared to be an incredibly hard and
lengthy work. Being so immensely fascinated, and despite of all the external
problems and an even tough, hostile opposition, and also deep personal
privations, I discovered to be simply bound to do this, no matter what.
'In the last minute'
During my working with this huge writing the strangest things happened - several
peculiar inconveniences got in the way together with strange but very
positive events. For instance - often "in the last minute" - I had
inestimable assistance from experts in Egyptology, Hebrew, Ancient Greek,
etc. This was often only shortly prior to the passing away of several of
these personalities after long lives of research and experience. - In a
longer fortunate period prior to the big, problematic rebuilding of the Royal
Danish National Library, around the year 1999, I was able to use
its old and immensely abundant reference library, a most paradisiacal reading
room. Furthermore, this room was for a long time in reality Denmark's greatest
open interdisciplinary forum (now expired) where many prominent researchers
Argentinian author Jorge
Luis Borges (1899-1986), who later also was director of the National Public
Library in Buenos Aires, could view any book as being a world of forking paths,
and he opens his short story "The Library of Babel" (La biblioteca de Babel,
1941) with these words: "The universe, otherwise known as the library ...". It
covers precisely my own feeling and condition.
It was essential to my
investigations that in Denmark's Royal National Library, I had the access to
one of the world's greatest collections of older Hebrew texts and
literature. - Some of the best hours of my life I spent there, (see some
similar impression here: Librophiliac Compendium of Beautiful Libraries).
For several years at that
special place, Denmark's Royal National Library - and also through its contact
with foreign libraries - I borrowed and
copied more than a thousand very important books, which had been out of
print for a long time, besides articles and documents, exactly those I
should use. This I was just able to carry out until the introduction of
prohibitively burdensome high taxes or fees - all straining for independent researchers - on foreign book lending
and copies. Later even the library's professional consultants and other
normal assistance from specialist librarians were closed down together with
other specialist library services (thus for instance hampering source
searching concerning old works not registered electronically) - in reality
it would have made it nearly impossible to continue the unusual extent of
research which was being conditioned by the creation of the book-series on
Concerning much of the
collected, unusual knowledge we are greatly indebted to the élite scientists
from the early period of researches, who from older vanishing cultures, often at
the last minute, managed to obtain and preserve a special knowledge about man,
his conduct of life and his history. Therefore, many of the early academic works
are priceless which is the reason for the fact that whole annual volumes of, for
instance, German scientific journals dating back to 1920's were photographically
reprinted - often by American universities as publishers.
I had heard about the
British explorer Alfred Russel Wallace who for several years in the mid-1800's
had researched the Amazon jungle - where it could take many months for him to
capture, for instance, a butterfly important to his line of evidence, while he
suffered from tropical diseases, poisonous insects, hostile Indians, and
troublesome transport through the jungle and on the rivers with his
collections and many scientific records.
In the end everything was destroyed when in 1852 the homebound ship in the
Atlantic burned like a torch (fire in a cargo of balm oil and resin products).
On return, after 10 days in an open rowing boat, he had to write his texts
mainly without notes, samples, and preparations. He then encouraged so
incredibly generously his colleague Charles Darwin to hasten with Darwin's own
somewhat similar theory of evolution so it could be published.
That makes the impression. Now being more aware of risk (read 'anxiety') of
irreparable loss, many years of my research and the amount of results and
documentation I therefore copied on even three sets of disks constantly to
update for safe keeping different locations.
During his travels to Egypt, the author also visited the Isis
Temple at Philae. Here is found the latest of all Egyptian hieroglyphic
inscriptions – it spells the date equivalent to 25.Aug.394 AD.
On the Internet, the
fantastic tool of the new millennium, the Moses-series' own website,
was created by me in 1999. Around the world it was read and it was becoming very
well-known internationally for its contents, and for a longer period it was
placed on Google's first page at the top of 30 million entries for the index
word Moses. Few years later after many millions of websites had been established
it became more difficult to obtain the Moses-series' site to be found
immediately. However, during the early "free" years the site had the good
opportunities of receiving a huge amount of responses - much of this still being
maintained on the web.
On Facebook, the
free-access and popular social networking website currently including
hundreds of millions active users worldwide, some very interested people
have established: "Interest Group for The Ove von Spaeth Papers" - namely,
the Interest Group for The Ove von Spaeth Papers on History and Knowledge: -
Rediscovery, Insight, Renewal. In particular dealing with: - Communication
and debate on Ove von Spaeth's exploration and discoveries regarding his
research on the historical Moses, the Egyptian legacy, ancient sciences and
astronomy, (in English and Danish).
For more than a thousand
years until our recent centuries almost everybody were familiar with the
contents of the Bible. Still in 1900's, the older generations in the western
world have the history as a part of their learning and from their school,
they own the accounts of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses. Later, in the
emerging mass culture a growing 'illiteracy' paradoxically developed during
history's longest school terms - has barred new generations from much
knowledge about the cultural roots - a knowledge which even the poorest
children in the Middle Age had learned about.
Therefore, just before
the first book of the Moses-series was published, I made many special
changes in the script because I could foresee that many features and
subjects which generally had been obvious agreements soon could become a
problem. For example, it was not efficient simply to refer to the "Book of
Job", many younger readers could easily misread it as if it were a book about
"how to bget an employment", but instead I had to clarify it as "the biblical Book
of Job". Similar changes I had to carry out all the way, because many people
no longer neither seem to know the names of biblical persons or that the
Bible consists of a whole collection of individual "books".
The western Christian culture was strongly contributing in making the modern
world's development possible. But a particular cultural tradition with many
rebels just against the Christian religion was an equally important factor for
the development. Challenges to existing circumstances are, as we know, a
necessary dynamic, - even also in this case, for although my books initially
were met also with much hostility from certain established theologians and
Egyptologists, eventually such opposition later diminished. This was often due
to the fact that many new academics of these study lines simply no longer seem
to have sufficient knowledge on the referred historical topics in the
In many ways the
situation seemed as if I was working strongly competing with time. When the
first volume of the Moses series appeared in 1999, the major newspapers
still had many book reviewers with their hitherto cultural background and
sphere of interest - just like most of their audience. In public attention
the first books of the Moses-series even get good footing. But shortly
after, in the new millennium, new generations arrived with other of the
modern society's new media habits and different interests. It was like
standing on the boundary between two worlds and being trusted to convey a
very valuable special knowledge in the best way of protection into the new
The Shape Discloses the Message
That it just should be yours truly, a Danish researcher, who traced the
facts of the historical Moses and placed the conclusive steps, was
apparently contributed by, not the least, the presence of The Department of
Judaica and Hebraica of the Royal Danish National Library in Copenhagen with
the - envied abroad - exclusively fine and comprehensive collections.
Furthermore, here in the great astronomer Tycho Brahe's native country this
library owns a considerable collection of both his original texts and the
related documents and literature. A great help, because in parts of my
research, it was most important to be able to examine the original prints,
the genuine first editions of e.g. Tycho Brahe's works (and also
My dealing with the
original prints also concerned included forms of information in older texts,
a method well-known as a normal procedure of the living tradition from
ancient Egypt and later with the Greeks and the Romans. - As a result of the
dissemination of the art of printing, the form of code could also be found
in the typography of the Shakespeare texts. In these, some names or messages
have been created by a systematic use of "uneven" printing composition types
- a method which specially was developed by Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe
(1546-1601) who, at his observatories on his residential island of Ven, also
had his own workshop for printing books - and the principle of the method
was later seen also
in many first editions of the Shakespeare-texts.
However, such were often
deleted in later editions, as it also happened in the case of Tycho Brahe,
probably because non-initiated laymen assumed them to be "printing errors",
which were then "corrected".
By here, my old education
from my teenage years as a typographer (compositor, typesetter) became a new
advantage. Gutenberg's invention of mass-producing texts by composing their
printing blocks of loose letter types, remained in 540 years and suddenly,
from around 1980, this method of operation almost everywhere became
antiquated and was now carried out by computer technique. Today, many people would
hardly understand that it was not unusual in the past that different styles
of printing types could be mixed by accident, so even when the spelling was
correct there could be a visual mix of different styles of alphabets.
Therefore, no reader would note immediately, or at all, if someone
deliberately had arranged a mixture in order to form a codified message.
The Danish astronomer,
researcher, and historian of science, J.L.E. Dreyer (1852-1926), published in
1890 in English a book about his fellow countryman and colleague, Tycho Brahe -
now a standard biography and even reprinted still. Dreyer was from 1874 to 1916
the leader of several major observatories in Ireland. Later in Denmark, he
published Tycho Brahe's magnum opus, the Collected Works, "Opera Omnia", a total
of 15 volumes. Contributing to this, quantities of rare material of - and about
- Tycho Brahe was gathered by Dreyer who often had to acquire copies of the
original papers from many of Europe's main libraries, in particular the Habsburg
collections in Austria's National Library in Vienna, and in addition collected
through purchase at international auctions. These works in Latin he had
corrected for all original scribal errors and had annotated the texts.
In Copenhagen, at this
incomparable Royal Danish National Library, I have sat for weeks and examined a
particular heritage, namely Dreyer's boxes containing these things, including
the many leaflets and pamphlets from the 16-17 centuries, in all languages from
all over Europe. I was impressed by all these old prints and lampoons showing
admiration and tribute to the pioneer scientist Tycho Brahe regarding his
proposed prediction in his book "De Nova Stella" from 1573 - of what later was
described as the Thirty Years' War in 1618 -1648, and of a Nordic (Swedish)
king's conquests of the identified vast areas in Central Europe.
In my research project on
the historical Moses it was important that in this unique library's
department of The Judaica Collection, I was able directly to access the
texts of many Rabbinical Writings instead of reading them as extracts or
summaries. Concerning the Bible's texts connected to Moses, I was grateful
for receiving assistance from several Hebrew experts when one person's
opinion alone was hardly sufficient in cases of difficult translation
The Royal Danish National
Library, the wonderful reading room with its immensely abundant
reference library - prior to the year 2000 with rebuilding and change of
the contents. Much time I spent here with happiness - also grateful for
the knowledge, experience, and contacts of many experts visiting this interdisciplinary hall, not
least the gentleman sitting in the background, Professor Erik
Iversen, Dr. in Egyptology, who at 'his' desk no. 47 used the library almost
every day for fifty years. (courtesy: Royal Danish National Library)
Facing the Wide-Spread Wrong Dating
How do we know that Moses is not a myth figure, and if the Exodus, when
Moses and the Israelites left Egypt, did at all take place? Continuously -
and from the very beginning of the work - such questions are being asked
about the main subjects. Often this wondering proves to be influenced by the
spread of several theological (and other) schools' doubts as to the
existence of Moses as a historical person.
theological hypotheses concerned seem to stem from for instance the fact,
that the research on Moses has often been done on the basis of a wrong
dating placing him approx. 250 years too late in history - at around 1200 BC instead of at 1500-1400 BC. Consequently no traces have been found either of
Moses or of the Israelite Exodus. On this inadequate basis it is often
claimed today that the biblical Moses narrative is a nationalistic-romantic
myth created by inventive priests approx. 2300 years ago in order to provide
the Jews with a glorious pre-history.
especially Egyptian and Jewish sources relating to Moses provide a
considerable number of evident, historical traces. To a wide extent these
have been ignored, often due to a rigid insistence on the much too late dating - and on the myth hypothesis, as mentioned, which reduces the
most important personality behind the origin of biblical culture and of the
Jewish self-understanding to be only a fictional figure. This is not
acceptable, because the allegation of Moses being a myth proves to be an
impossible historical construction, likewise it already would be a complete absurdity for Jews of the past.
It is an
object of continued wondering why traditional, academic research does not to
a wider degree use the latest 120 years' (forward to the new millennium) of
numerous, although wide-spread, archaeological and textual references
events of the times of Moses.
the first volume of my Moses-series was published, some indignant university people started to
use less polite measures. One lecturer became angry in particular because
I quoted his attacks correctly and
word-for-word. In the media some of his
colleagues said: that they (quote:) "will fight with these books for many
years". Many readers saw this as a compliment - i.e. that the books appeared
with a certain class by "being able to have shaken the academic officials".
But some from these groups found it to be desirable to categorize the
discoveries like in books of adventurers and dreamers, which made other
academics outside the research lines in question, and even without having
read the books, to use the same designations.
knowledge of the past is much more abundant and also more accessible than
usually assumed. Ironically enough, so many data about what we call myths
can be found at libraries and museums around the world collecting dust,
almost without being known or studied.
A considerable amount of the exactly in reality existing and relevant, historical sources
about Moses is included in the books. Most of them for the first time
related to modern archaeology and astronomical dating. The extremely huge material about Moses makes it pointless to claim that he should
be a mythical figure - on the contrary, historical and biblical information
about Moses as an exact figure is emphasized thoroughly and substantially.
Exciting Finds Re-Considered
An unrealized problem is the fact that
biblical text research started before
archaeology was scientifically established. Along the way from the many
seminal text discoveries, and soon more firm conclusions from mid-1800 and
up till present (around year 2000) research, hypotheses appeared about the
possible and non-possible relations of these findings - in attempts to
understand the history behind the Bible.
hypotheses were constructed especially about "Moses as a myth". And
later in many
cases, they had got established a huge, surrounding literary devise.
Consequently, later generations are being confronted with a still
up-generated system of comments' comments. In this way new students are
often uncritically given the impression that the hypotheses are mostly to be
considered the authoritative truth.
the actual analysis work, which is the foundation of the Moses book-series,
it was necessary for me in many cases to go all the way back to sources of
previous generations of researchers. I did so in order to get the best
possible direct knowledge (even also from excavation reports, for instance)
about the findings as well as the way the results of research had been
obtained. So instead of only taking for granted the later further extension,
it was often decisive to have the very starting point analysed in relation
to later findings and discoveries.
of material of the books - not seen previously to this extent in the Moses
research - implied that this inter-disciplinary work would hardly have been
produced without the help of many competent and interested researchers. Also
other capable helpers deserve my sincere thanks.
I am very grateful for the extensive, valuable guidance I even from the start
received from many fine experts, (from left to right) not least: Erik
Iversen, Dr.Phil.,h.c. Egyptologist; Prince Peter of Greece and Denmark,
Dr. anthropology and law (England and France); Kristian Peder Moesgaard,
D.Sc. historical astronomy; Clyde Tombaugh, Dr. astronomy (New Mexico);
Jens Jorgensen, MA historian, former rector; Jens-André Herbener, M.A.
Semitic languages and religious history; Rune Engelbreth Larsen, M.A.
History of Ideas and Religion.
Novels or Facts?
During times several researchers have had inquiries about delivering
novel writing, - from their readers who would like to have a look into the
exciting information, however, preferably via fiction as being the well functioning
way of communicating. To some people source references are a pleasant
confirmation of quality of information or an interesting extra information
along the way - others, however, understandably, see this as too many
traffic lights, hampering the reading velocity a little too often. Many
scientists have used the novel version, when they wanted to launch or try
out new ideas - all of which, for general reading, is a handy but also more
A project of this kind
concerning a new understanding of the special background of Moses has not
previously been carried out - and if the discoveries
presented had been described in such a way that they would be less
accessible for control they might incidently risk being perceived as less usable
in practice as well as for serious assessment. Therefore - no novel, but some given subjects
engaging by virtues of their own and of
most important relevance. By themselves these will even offer further perspectives - also
concerning new ways of thinking which, in the not so long term, will be necessary
within the actual religions.
research and the special historical material in my texts altogether with the
untraditional results seem to have waked a considerable attention
internationally among other authors and scientists. (cf.:
The Spiritual Dimension
In these books about the rediscovered background of Moses, the very history
concept is in practise being extended to the effect that also a number of
magical and spiritual conditions are mentioned equally with other historical
events. The history of Moses and Egypt can not possibly be understood if
these elements - when really belonging to history - are without being shown
Also on this
background, the books therefore bring to light for instance the mystery
plays of ancient Egypt, 'masonic'like rituals, magic, ritual healing,
astrology, religious royal power. And for instance also inscriptions about
the magic used by ancient kings and generals. In addition, oracles, divine
conception, star knowledge mythology, and cosmology. Sublime impressions
from a culture comprising penetrating spirit - thus having here found its
expression in spiritual architecture and art, surpassing most of what is
familiar from any known civilization. When we meet it now, several thousand
years later, it still affects us.
In the books,
among some of the information - also with new angles to mysteries and
ancient initiations cultures - several readers have recognized masonic and
similar groups' early-history circumstances. This is where these books have
tried to pass on some fundamental, often forgotten features still bearing
exact resemblance with historical events known from the world of Antiquity.
Not least the Egyptian inspiration is supplementing and putting into
perspective the subject and our understanding. And in this context the
books are focusing on these spiritually founded conditions in the Egyptian
past and from there bringing to light several, also general traces behind
present culture and history.
expressed his understanding of the books like this, "Moses was born to
become a pharaoh in what was at that time the mighty Egypt, and was
initiated in the ancient, esoteric wisdom - and concerning intelligence he
was by far surpassing his contemporaries. Obviously, he was a highly
advanced soul meant to lead human beings one step further into evolution".
Internet it is now possible to read more about some of the many discoveries
and about their inspiring reception via the presentation in the books. And
also about the critic necessary to all new research - together with an
occasional, peculiar resistance - to put it mildly. Essential to a colourful
beginning. See, for instance, information about the books on their own
The Repressed Information
The Bible, as
well as the ancient Rabbinical Writings, and many of the ancient, learned
writers mention that Moses was known as the Son of Pharaoh's Daughter. My book-series about the historical Moses was given the unusual title
"Assassinating Moses" on the background that three times in history it was
attempted to destroy Moses: - First, by the Egyptians, rejecting him as
their heir to the throne and already in his time removed his names and other
memories about him, in order to making him non-existent. - Later, by the
priestly editors of the Bible, such as Ezra in approx. 350 BC who reduced the
Egyptian background and status of Moses. - And finally, many present
theological schools reject the existence of Moses and designate him as an
imaginary, mythic figure. Consequently, in some groups the books are
considered strongly controversial, even heretic.
By means of reconsidering the identity and background of Moses, his fate and mystery, the books are bringing to light the replaced and repressed historical
existence of this personality of early history, who to us represents the
great man straddling the dividing line between history and prehistory and
who even created this line himself. By this context the first volume of the
series - commencing publication in 1999 - was named "The Suppressed Record"
(C.A. Reitzel Publisher and Bookseller, Ltd., Copenhagen). Each of the five
books of the series is an independent volume and can be read individually.
All of these books of my Moses-series represent a new-orientation also with
perspectives for research so far done in these fields - now being on its way
into transformation. And in our religious learning and comprehension for the
present, a cosmological insight will have to be included again. Together with
his advanced initiation and education in Egypt many indications show that
Moses carrying with him religious 'secrets' at the Israelite's Exodus from
Egypt. Apparently, now is the time for many of the exciting questions in this
relation to be solved and several enigmas will face their solution.
Ove von Spaeth, Writer, Researcher
Copyright 2002 -
in Danish: "På sporet af Moses' arv fra Egypten"