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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Pondering Divine Epiphanies

O GOD, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mercifully grant that we, who know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A blessed Epiphany to the readers of JUST GENESIS.

By 4245 BC, the priests of the Upper Nile had already established a calendar based on the appearance of the star Sirius, known to the ancient Egyptians as the Sothic cycle, which is a span of 1,461 sidereal years (365.25 x 4) in which the heliacal rising once again “syncs up” with the solar calendar. In 3000 BC, the heliacal rising of Sirius and the flooding of the Nile occurred around June 25th, near the summer solstice. This also marked the Egyptian New Year.

Clearly, Nilotes had been tracking this star (and its binary twin) and connecting it to seasonal changes and agriculture for thousands of years. This is verified by the Priest Manetho who reported in his history (241 BC) that Nilotic Africans had been “star-gazing” as early as 40,000 years ago. Plato, who studied in Egypt, claimed that the Africans had been tracking the heavens for 10,000 years.

How the heavens influence patterns on Earth:

Wisdom Seeks to Understand
The Dung Beetle and Heavenly Lights
Jesus: From Lamb to Ram
Solar Imagery of the Proto-Gospel
Christ's Sign in Creation
Religion of the Archaic Rulers
The Sun and the Sacred
The Sun and Moon in Genesis
A Tent for the Sun
Iron Seeds from Heaven
Celestial Symbols that Speak of God
The Swelling of Sun and River Speak of God
Horite Expectation and the Star of Bethlehem
The Celestial Dance Observed by the Magi
A Blessed Epiphany
Ancient African Astronomers
Seven Planets, Seven Bowls


DManA said...

"the appearance of the star Sirius that becomes visible to the naked eye once every 1,461 years. "

Is that a misprint? Sirius is the brightest star in the heavens.

Alice Linsley said...

Thanks, DMAN. I corrected that to reflect the sidereal time.

DManA said...

Be interesting to know how they passed this knowledge generation to generation 10,000-40,000 years ago. The continuity of culture over that time is staggering.

Alice Linsley said...

Anthropologists know that this wisdom/knowledge was preserved and passed through the priest caste. Priests were in the service of the archaic rulers, called "the mighty men of old" in Genesis.

DManA said...

Could they have had a kind of writing 40,000 years ago? I can't imagine explaining the movement of a star over a thousand years to a neophyte in words only.

Alice Linsley said...

Oral transmission of sacred tradition was more static than the transmission of information in writing. The priests were taught NOT to change what they received from their father and ancestors. Moderns think very differently. Consider how many versions of specific historic events can be found in books.

The Neolithic Vinča culture in Southeastern Europe dates to 5500–4500 BC. It is named for Vinča-Belo Brdo, a large settlement discovered by Serbian archaeologist Miloje Vasić in 1908. The Vinča culture was well entrenched in what is today Serbia. The 7th millennium BC temple at the Blagotin site in Serbia attests to the presence of ruler-priests who served at the Blagotin Sun temple. The site reveals that these priests had the astronomical and mathematical knowledge required to align the temple to the daily and seasonal movement of the solar arc and to determine solstices and equinoxes.

The oldest writing systems were ideograms used in archaic rock shelters to provide information for those who moved along the ridges from place to place. These images pertained to natural formations, bends in rivers, valleys, peaks, the solar arc, places to cross safely, etc. You might find this interesting:

DDeden said...

Hi Alice, I invite you to see my comment at EgyptSearch about Joshua and Jasher:;f=15;t=011951;p=1#000002
I realize we see things differently, but would like to read your opinion.

A side question: Noah's name is similar to Samson's father Manoah, which is similar to the Sanskrit flood survivor Manu. Do you think that is a coincidence?



Alice Linsley said...


You might find this interesting:

Nun refers to the cosmic waters in ancient Nilotic cosmology. I suspect this is also the culture context of Noah and of Minoah's ancestors. Min is another word found in Nilotic cosmology.