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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; New Ed edition (31 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380761599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380761593
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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Exciting . . . credible . . . most provocative and compelling. -- Library Journal

Sitchin is a zealous investigator into man's origins . . . a dazzling performance. -- Kirkus Reviews

Sitchin's works are outstandingly different from all others that present this central theme. -- Rosemary Decker, historian and researcher --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Traces topics in contemporary science, such as genetic engineering, back to ancient origins, arguing that alien visitors shaped humankind's destiny thousands of years ago.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Nov. 1998
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As person of strong religious conviction, I read this book with an open mind knowing that should the author stray from the bible's context I would know it both mentally and spiritualy. For me the book of Genesis has always been the most facinating book on earth, and long before reading Mr. Sitchen's work I myself have sat down and with a concordance found many of the words suspect of far deeper meaning and import. It has always been my personal belief that the truth of it all is far more fabulous then any of us could possibly imagine. Mr. Sitchen's affection for the book of genesis is obvious from the first chapter. With his decisiveness and scholarly approach, he vindicates it. The things learned in this book for me are not about entertainment, but about facing a reality about our existance and our purpose and even our fate that goes far beyond the end of my mere nose. And yours too.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jun. 1999
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This is probably the best of all Sitchin's work, since it essentially summarises the 5 Earth Chronicles books. The basic hypothesis is the same - Earth was probably visited in the distant past by extraterrestials who genetically engineered Man as a mining slave. Sounds whacky yes, but Sitchin's scholarship is unchallenged by most. For those who don't have the patience to read his 6 or 7 other books on the subject, this one will do nicely. Read it with an open mind and remember, what he says at least presents a scientific alternative to blind acceptance that Man was divinely created. And for those who want to pursue more about Man's past, read "Forbidden Archaeology'' by Michael Cremo and Richard Thompson. Your worldview will never be the same again
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Smith on 18 Aug. 2009
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Having never been a religious person myself (I previously considered the stories of creation to be nothing more than superstitious claptrap written and aceepted by gullible fools) I read this book with an open mind about the alternative explanations it puts forward. Sitchin is a very good writer, of that there is no doubt. His research is presented clearly and consisely without resorting to too much scientific jargon. He clearly has an excellent knowledge of astronomy and this ties together nicely with his theory about nibiru/the annunaki. What he proposes in this book seems to make an awful lot of sense, and you get the feeling that the creation story as told in the book of Genesis and others is actually trying to tell us more than just the tale of a divine creation that centuries of religious propaganda would have us believe.
However, the author would have us believe that he is the leading authority on translation of the ancient Sumerian scripts, but just a small amount of research will lead you to the conclusion that Mr Sitchin is in fact held in very low regard by his peers in this field. Most archaeologists and anthropologists who have studied the cuneiform tablets on which Sitchin's theories are based disagree with his translations of the ancient texts, and this is where his credibility falls apart because, as sensible as the whole idea seems, it all comes down to his own interpretation of the scripts. It would appear that his translations are based on his own pre-conceived ideas about the 12th planet, rather than his ideas about the 12th planet being based on academic research and accurate translation of the scripts.
Read it anyway - it's a very interesting book but, just as he asks the reader not to take the bible stories literally, don't take what he says as gospel either.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Bradbury on 15 Feb. 2010
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The Bible tells us Abraham came from the Sumerian city of Ur; so logically his early experiences amidst that society would have molded his religious outlook; but I was truly amazed at how closely Judaism resembles the much older faith of the Ancient Sumerian's. Reading the original stories on which our Bible is based however, and realizing what they were really telling us; was for Me, only comparable to Saul's revelation on the road to Damascus.

The biblical tale of Lot's wife, turned by God into a pillar of salt, for looking back on the destruction of Sodom is one example amongst many. Even in Sunday school, I found the tale both interesting and strangely perplexing; God seemed to treat Lot's wife very unfairly, and why change her to salt? By teenage, I had concluded that religion was a collection of garbled tales, attractive only to the gullible; but I could never truly accept the alternative evolutionary theories. Even my wristwatch didn't fall together of it's own accord; and living things are far more complicated!

Returning to the story of Lot and his wife, Zecharia Sitchin explains that the Sumerian word 'nimur' had two meanings; the first being salt, and the second mist/vapour. Thus a simple mistranslation by Moses had resulted in the story being unintelligible for several millenia. The Sumerian original makes clear that Lot's wife was turned to a column of vapour by the awesome power the God's used to incinerate Sodom, Gohmorrah and the cities of the plain; while Lot himself worried for months that he was also cursed to sicken and die! To the modern eye this makes perfect sense.
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