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Our Forgotten History

December 18th, 2014

An important item has been forgotten that will radically change how we view our religious, scientific, and mythological heritage. Simply stated, the early priests were the scientists of their day, and some of their stories recorded celestial events, as well as the ideas that led to our current conception of God. (more…)

LEO IN 1500 BC

This is how Leo appeared shortly after sunset, about a month before the summer solstice in 1500 BC.

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In my videos and writings I said that Mars passing through Leo in 1416 BC corresponds to Samson ripping the lion apart in Judges 14:6. This brings the question with it, “When were the stars in Leo first pictured as a lion?”

The most comprehensive historical resource I have seen is Gary David Thompson’s writings. He indicates that the earliest reference in Egypt is found in Senmut’s tomb, dating it to approximately 1500 BC. In Babylon, the earliest date is roughly the same: about 1530 BC. These are both before the time of the celestial interaction recorded in the Samson story.

As both constellations are linked to the same stars (A, B), the next question is, “How much historical interaction existed between these cultures during those times?” (And remember that Israel neighbored both these societies.) The Amarna Letters show the influence is more than one may first think, and the Samson story confirms the link.

Another question is “Why were they pictured as a lion?” Viewing the previous graphic, you can see that the stars do resemble a stick-figure lion. There may have been more at play in our ancestors’ minds. The following is conjectural, because I am not very familiar with lion habits, but according to rainfall and other sites, June was the beginning of the hot part of their year. (I haven’t seen any indication that their rainfall patterns have significantly changed in the last thirty-five hundred years.) Lions may have become more active at that time, although such isn’t mentioned on Wikipedia’s treatment. If you know more about lion habits in this regard, feel free to leave a comment.

The animation is derived from Stellarium, a wonderful open source planetarium program. Thank you, Fabian, and all those who helped out on that fantastic project!

We have unearthed a lot of bones throughout the years, but human remains with a 60-cubit shoulder span, which is approximately 90 feet (as mentioned in the last post) are unheard of. Why was the biblical Samson figure linked to this number?

The answer: three-thousand years ago science was recorded in mythical terms because our ancient story-telling tradition had not yet given way to today’s methods. In some cultures the practice lasted another six-hundred years or more, as a quote by Plato about 360 BC testifies:

…There is a story, which even you have preserved, that once upon a time PhaĆ«thon, the son of Helios, having yoked the steeds in his father’s chariot, because he was not able to drive them in the path of his father, burnt up all that was upon the earth, and was himself destroyed by a thunderbolt. Now this has the form of a myth, but really signifies a declination of the bodies moving around the earth and in the heavens [emphasis mine], and a great conflagration of things upon the earth recurring at long intervals of time.

The tale of the Hebraic strongman doesn’t record a ‘declination of the bodies,’ but does describe (more…)

Humanity has turned its back on many historical religious progressions. To understand the Samson story we need to remember some of them.

Today it is fairly well known that Christianity derives from earlier Judaic thoughts. Discoveries such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hamadi Library have clearly shown this to be the case. In fact, several core Christian doctrines are related to older Hebraic beliefs. As one example, the War Scroll tells of a battle raging between the Sons of Darkness and the Sons of Light, a Jewish idea predating good angels fighting evil ones.

What is not so well known is that monotheistic Judaism, (more…)

My previous post shared a little of my past, and the experiences which caused me to delve into our religious roots. Let us continue following the trail, and make our way to the astronomical backbone hidden in the biblical Samson story.

Unraveling the upcoming details took almost eighteen years, and, to finish, required the rationality of an engineering training. I know many religious people may be troubled by these discoveries because they reveal that religion isn’t based upon exactly what they believe it is. Some atheists will also be troubled since the following shows the roots of our scientific understandings are firmly planted in religious investigations.

Stated plainly, the basis of modern science is (more…)

Samson Illustration from 1728 La Haye Bible. Image courtesy Bizzell Bible Collection, University of Oklahoma Libraries.

Religion and science were intimately connected three thousand years ago. The greatest example of this ancient link is the biblical Samson story.

Hi! I’m David O’Neil, and I’ve spent many of the past eighteen years working on this puzzle, trying to figure out what the authors of that tale were recording. I’m happy to finally share the fruits of my labors!

To begin, (more…)

Notepad++ Spell Checker

December 2nd, 2012

This is just a quick note for future reference regarding getting the spell checker working in Notepad++ under Windows.

There are two important items to be aware of. First, use the Windows installer for the spell checker. Why the authors of the Aspell.net page don’t make this abundantly clear in that writing, or the official dictionaries page, is beyond me. A little link to the ‘Windows Port’ at the bottom of the main page is not enough to bring this to someone’s attention. (Maybe it is due to Linux and Unix users liking things to be convoluted? I played with those systems long ago, and that is one of the reasons I never adopted them.)

The other item (or possibly two items) is to launch the speller installer as administrator, and ensure that the path points to the Aspell directory. In my case this was “C:\Program Files (x86)\Utilities\Aspell\”. The installer appended another ‘Aspell’ to it: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Utilities\Aspell\Aspell”. Everything worked after uninstalling and reinstalling with these changes.

With great pride, I announce the availability of the fourth edition of Laughing at the Devil: One Man’s Religious Discoveries!

These last months have been a whirlwind of learning and writing, but the investigation which started over eighteen years ago is finally finished. If you have ever wondered why the biblical Samson story sounds like something which could not have happened in our reality, do yourself a favor and get a copy now! Among other things, you will find the priestly scientists who created the story kept such accurate records that we can now adjust our model of the earth’s rotation by about an hour for dates three-thousand years ago. Samson’s ‘hair,’ the ‘pillars’ through which he passed to his death, and all the other mythical constructs have celestial parallels which are explained in LATD.

Reading it, you will find out why the Babylonian Talmud recorded Samson’s shoulders being sixty cubits in width.

Goose bumps to a cemetery

October 12th, 2012

While putting the finishing touches on the 4th edition of Laughing at the Devil I wondered if ‘goose bumps’ should be hyphenated. A quick search revealed it shouldn’t, but, even more interestingly, I found the term once referred to sexually-transmitted diseases. The cause is said to be (for England and the associated Western civilization:) the bishop of Winchester licensed prostitutes outside of London, associating the symptoms of diseases linked to that profession to goose bumps. The term ‘Winchester goose’ became a permanent nickname for those poor ladies.

Several years ago an author seems to have been led to this history when one of his supposedly-fictional characters indicated she was buried in a cemetery not far from him. Today those thousands interred there are honored by the locals, as well as visitors from afar, who decorate the gates and graves, and celebrate the memory of the not-so-fortunate ones of previous times. Perhaps someday I will make that pilgrimage myself.

Eighth-Century Supernova?

August 14th, 2012

Been busy fixing a few items, so not posting lately. But heard about some science on a possible eighth-century supernova causing a jump in carbon-14 levels. Interesting work by a biochemistry major. See http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-text-gives-clue-to-mysterious-radiation-spike-1.10898.