Re-discovered ancient tradition reveals that
the Bible’s greatest prophet was
born as a prospective heir to the Egyptian Throne - but enemies at court
the priesthood obstructed his chances of becoming Pharaoh …
INFORMATION ON :
(: Ove von Spaeth's bookseries; 5-volumes)
Vol. 1: The Suppressed Record
- Moses' Unknown Egyptian Background.
("De Fortrængte Optegnelser. Attentatet på Moses", Vol. 1) / Ove von
C.A. Reitzel Publishers Ltd., Copenhagen, 1999.
238pp., illus., soft cover, in Danish.
(Inside of back cover:)
At some time someone had to break
through the conventional views and, instead, present the story of
Moses in a logical coherence based on the large, often very detailed
information about him, which has still been preserved. Eventually,
this has happened - and in a refreshingly different form.
This book is based on solid documentary material from a notably
large spectrum of also rare sources, besides the Talmud for instance
- seen for the first time as a collected whole.
The present re-evaluation of Moses’ status and era is to the most
impressive extend founded in inter-disciplinary research of the
history of ancient cultures. Already, the very material is
elementary exciting - and is now made accessible by being carried
out in a way that the book also is accessible for readers without
education in sciences or scholarly qualifications.
Moses has been the inspiration of novels and films - whereas the
data of the sources combined with archaeological facts reveal that
his real life-story is the most exiting of all. The status and era
of Moses being re-evaluated in this book are founded in
inter-disciplinary historical research.
This brings forward some, hitherto hidden, chapters of our common
cultural prehistory: Out of the well-known biblical story is an
untraditional and stronger Egyptian background brought to light. Two
important keys are astronomical dating, moving Moses from myth to
history, and the ancient magical rites and mystery plays, whose
acting language was lost to readers in later times.
What was behind the mysterious account of Moses' birth?
Is there a hidden encroachment in the earliest Bible-texts?
Was Moses born by Pharaoh’s Daughter?
What is the implication of Moses' name being Egyptian?
Why are the first many years of Moses' life not spoken of?
Here, for the first time this untraditional material is collected and
presented as an entirety. The Suppressed Record reveals a
revolutionizing and hidden attempt on Moses' whole identity as a
person as well as a historical character. And reveals his life and
position being surprisingly different from what has hitherto been
In antiquity the episode of "the infant sailing on the river” was a
widespread, well-defined ritual for royal children. But was the
Egyptians’ drowning of children a sacrificial act in the ancient
secret, cultic rituals?
Rare sources on Moses handed down through the ages prove to connect
with Egyptian tradition and archaeological findings showing them to be
mutually related to the Bible, the rabbinical texts as well as authors
of antiquity. The dating is based on several sources, especially
recovered astronomical data, which might be scientifically tested.
Historical and biblical knowledge concerning the time and status of
Moses - to which, hitherto, the lack of sufficient facts have created
confusion - can now be re-established. It will contribute to the
solution of several puzzling biblical matters. Presenting living
historical writing allows the reader the safety of operating hand in
hand with the sources.
"...new exiting approaches...
A grand synthesis. - One feels enriched as a human being, not just
intellectually enlightened, when Ove von Spaeth with unusual insight
and understanding explains the religious rationale behind
innumerable phenomena of history as well as present time. - Having
read this work nobody will doubt the obvious relevance to modern
people of studying antiquity...".
Jens-André P. Herbener, Project leader of the new
scholarly translation into Danish of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament)
OVE VON SPAETH
has a solid basis of historical and astronomical studies. In his many
years of intensive studies he has made extensive use of research into
archaeology, anthropology, ancient languages, history of religion,
Egyptian tradition as well as the teachings of mystery and mythology.
He throws new light on the unusually abundant - and controversial -
material, also from a holistic angle.
(Inside of front cover:)
"...It might as well be
said at once: This work probably renders the most original, and in
various ways most well supported offer for an answer to the (Moses)
question, within modern research..."
"...The author... has a rare aptitude for passing on an
extremely complex and sometimes not very accessible subject matter
in a vivid yet logically structured and easily understood manner...
it is to be hoped that Ove von Spaeth’s book may contribute to
marshal new inter-disciplinary standards for future Bible research
in general, and for Moses research in particular - nationally as
well as internationally...".
Jens-André P. Herbener,
M.A. in comparative religion and Semitic philology; Project leader
at The Royal Library (Denmark's National Library), of the new
scholarly translation into Danish of the Hebrew Bible (Old
"...this work is inter-disciplinary to an exceptional
degree, based on extensive and thorough studies within history,
theology, archaeology, and history of religion as well as history of
"...With zeal and flair Ove von Spaeth has collected
evidence from widely different sources to support his main thesis
regarding Moses and his status and place in history. As a historian
of astronomy I find the basic assumption of a certain planetary
constellation in 1537 BC worth testing in relation to biblical
research, Egyptology, archaeology as well as general history... Ove
von Spaeth has chosen a vivid style in order to reach a wider circle
of readers than mere specialists...".
Kristian Peder Moesgaard,
D.Sc., Professor, History of Science Department, Aarhus
University; - director of the Steno Museum, Danish National Museum
for the History of Science, Aarhus
Reviews in English of the first volume and an English translation
of some of the chapters are presented on the special web site on the
bookseries and research:
Publishers - and translators - who
want to publish (the hitherto Danish)
editions of this book in
English, German, Spanish,
French, Japanese and
other languages can use this address:
C.A. Reitzel, Bookseller and
Norregade 20, DK-1165 Copenhagen K, Denmark
fax +45 33 14 02 70 - phone +45 33 12 24 00 - e-mail
Communication address to the author:
Ove von Spaeth, Zenith I.C. Project, P.O.Box 1096, DK-1009
Copenhagen K, Denmark
Copyright © 1999 by: Ove von Spaeth -
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VOLUME 1 - inside flaps:
From the reviews on “The Suppressed Records", vol. 1 of the
"...a fascinating, coherent,
interdisciplinary depiction of the origins of the prophet...the Danish
independent scholar and polyhistorian Ove von Spaeth, who after a supreme
effort lasting many years may convince us that he has traced the origin
and subsequent life history of Moses in a true deluge of sources ... With
nothing less than formidable control of historical developments and
interaction within the Mediterranean region and the Near East, Ove von
Spaeth pieces together a profoundly fascinating puzzle that may very well
turn out to be a true portrayal of Moses and his life ...".
- Steen Voigt, science editor, - Berlingske
"...a Danish researcher attracts the attention and enthusiasm
of several historians of religion... a feat comparable to a voyage of
discovery. Yet not a voyage exploring the far reaches of the earth, but
one that delves into the missing layers of history - a voyage that demands
discipline, formidable knowledge and a brain like a multi-gigabyte hard
disk ... Studies like this one that rivet the attention of others than the
author and his family are rare nowadays ... His books may be the last
Danish scientific bestseller in this millennium ..." (1999).
- Flemming Chr. Nielsen, B.Sc., author, -
"...broad vision and a proper perspective. ... I have greatly
increased my knowledge of the ancient Egyptians and the very diligent
Jewish writers in this book, but I am unable to verify the rabbinical
placement of Moses. I am profoundly impressed by Ove von Spaeth’s vast
- F.J. Billeskov Jansen, Ph.D., Professor,
formerly of the University of Copenhagen, - Politiken
"...well documented from start to finish ...this researcher is
capable of working open-mindedly with great breadth of view and coherence
... A copious breakthrough rarely seen before in Moses research ...A
unique cultural-historical store of knowledge ...".
- Jens Jørgensen, M.A., historian, former
external history examiner at the Universities of Copenhagen, Aarhus and
Odense, - Frederiksborg Amts Avis
"...dating of Moses: from an astronomical viewpoint, I feel
that the basis is worth testing in relation to research and history ...
deserves recognition outside Scandinavia ...".
- Kristian Peder Moesgaard, Ph.D.Sc, Professor,
History of Science Department, University of Aarhus
"...What makes the tale believable is the extent to which von
Spaeth has been able to assimilate a vast amount of information from a
wide variety of sources, utilising research into Hebrew, Egyptian and
other contemporary language documents ..."
"...This handsome volume - anyone with a non-specialist
interest in these far-off times from a religious or historical perspective
will enjoy having this volume at hand ... Deserves an English translation
so that it can be appreciated and argued about by a broad international
- Richard M. Stern, Dr.rer.Nat., Copenhagen, -
"...Rarely has dating been so clearly defined or the
implications so fully underpinned in such meticulous detail. - A
presentation of detailed arguments and painstaking analyses that
contradict predominant theological trends. ... will encourage new
breakthroughs and corrections for a long time to come ...".
- Rune Engelbreth Larsen, M.A. (History of Ideas;
Religion), - Faklen Journal