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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…)

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.