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Genesis & Exodus will, perhaps, never be the same again - at least in places!
on 28 October 2008
Interesting man, with lots of credentials. I would not presume to match Sitchin's academic expertise, but although I found this book a fascinating read (and others in the series) its biggest contradiction is in its conclusion. In a "cracking" chapter called "The Greatest Theophany," Sitchin suggests that YHWH is one of the Annunaki (at least that's how I understood him?) and the encounter between Moses and YHWH is exactly that: an encounter with an "elohim" of very high rank, if not the highest, who comes down in a "Kabod," a spaceship and reveals himself to Moses. The description on the mountain is then described as being a fantastic UFO encounter, radiation burns and all on Moses' face! (Never thought of it like this before!)
However, in Sitchin's concluding chapter, he refutes all the Sumerian/Egyptian possibilities that suggest that YHWH could be one of the Annunaki. Like a good Jewish lad, he ends up affirming his monotheistic roots by saying that YHWH is NOT a member of the Annunaki at all. Rather, YHWH is the only God who rules even the Annunaki, and all beings and celestial objects are used to further the plans of YHWH for the development of the many worlds that exist in the universe.
As a result Sitchin manages to hold together his belief in the appearing of Planet X, or Nibiru and its surrounding moons and other orbiting planets? his belief in the Annunaki as "Elohim," and of course his monotheistic belief in YHWH, The Lord of the Universe. Though I think there is a contradiction in the way Sitchin put this book together, his numerous books are fascinating, and his depth of knowledge is immense. and every chapter in this book presents the reader with new perspectives. Anyone who thinks this man is "barking mad" needs a paradigm shift in the way they read the Bible, especially with regard to ancient near eastern texts. As Einstein said, "If the idea is not absurd in the first place, then there is no hope for it."