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Uriel's Machine: Uncovering the secrets of Stonehenge, Noah's Flood and the dawn of civilization Hardcover – July 3, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Element Books Ltd; Illustrated edition (July 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186204810X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862048102
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,355,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The last few years have seen literally dozens of books challenging our beliefs about history and archaeology, each of them seeking to show that the past was quite different from what standard books tell us. With Uriel's Machine, Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas move away from their previous books about the Knights Templar, the Freemasons, and the strange chapel at Rosslyn in Scotland, and turn their attention instead to the much more distant past. The authors believe that Earth was hit by a comet in 7640 B.C., and by another one in 3150 B.C., each time resulting in great devastation. From their study of Stone Age monuments around Britain, and of the nonbiblical Book of Enoch, they conclude that Enoch visited Britain some time before 3150 B.C. to learn how to construct a megalithic celestial calculator that, amongst other things, could be used to forecast the arrival of comets. In the end, of course, there can be no absolute proof of this or any other rewriting of history--or indeed of more orthodox versions of history. Knight and Lomas's conclusions are controversial, but that in itself is no bad thing. Existing paradigms in every discipline should be challenged, and this is what they are doing. --David V. Barrett, Amazon.co.uk

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"A Plausible explanation of how prehistoric societies could have developed astronomical observatories such as Stonehenge for practical reasons" Sunday Times "The book is superb... the insights that it opens in a series of varied fields, tying them in logically to each other, is very lucid" Howie Firth, Director of the Orkney Science Festival --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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It's very well researched and fascinating to read.
Wendellyn
If you take their date of 200 B.C.E. for the writing of the Book of Enoch; it is still over 7,000 years after the events they are trying to reconstruct.
Dave_42
It's terrific when a non fiction book reads like fiction, especially good fiction.
DragonOne

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2000
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If you saw this book (particularly the dust jacket) on your bookseller's shelf, your original opinion might be that it is another sensationalistic work of new-age archaeology. The authors have taken certain traditions learned through their association with Freemasonry and attempted to discover any historical or scientific basis. Paleontologists will claim that the authors are practicing "voodoo science", (as though the paleontologists have never been wrong.) But the authors give you a great read, and they have certainly packed their book with enough information for you to question most of what you grew up believing about pre-history. Aware of that and still a little skeptical, my next book was "Rain of Iron and Ice" by John S. Lewis, a seriously qualified astronomer (Codirector, NASA, U. of Arizona Space Engineering Research Center), which convinced me that the hypotheses of Knight and Lomas were not only interesting and exciting, but highly plausible. I'm going to read Uriel's Machine again to see if there's anything that I missed the first time.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Recovering Englishman on July 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a fascinating book, much more so than "The Second Messiah", which took the authors off on something of a tangent from the study of the origins of Freemasonry that they had started with "The Hiram Key". "Uriel's Machine" brings together evidence from archaeology, ancient oral traditions, the Apochrypha, Masonic rituals and other sources to show how people living over 10,000 years ago may have been in possession of quite sophisticated knowledge of the movement of stars and other astral bodies such as comets, and how this information has come down to us by way of diverse sources including the layout of megalithic sites and the Book of Enoch. It will be interesting to see how many of their theories will be adopted in time by mainstream academia, which typically concentrates on very narrow, specialized areas of research, as opposed to the cross-disciplinary approach that the authors use. Their work in many aspects is reminiscent of the books of Imanuel Velikovsky back in the 1950's, which were almost universally denigrated by the academic community for their unorthodox ideas, but which subsequently were proved to be correct in several important areas. I was also interested to see that the authors have been able to encourage the establishment of a chair of historical research into Freemasonry at the University of Sheffield in the U.K., a step which apparently in being supported by British Freemasons, and which will hopefully help to dispel some of the more bizarre myths about Freemasonry, and bring them more into the mainstream as far as their contributions to our culture and belief systems are concerned.
I'll look forward to Knight and Lomax's next book with eager anticipation.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Tim Acheson on December 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
A revised version of events in the development of human civilisation is proposed, illuminated by the latest evidence and intelligent new ideas.
Using their insider's view of Freemasonry, and several years of research, the authors analyse ancient traditions in order to expose fascinating novel insights into key stages in human history. The topics presented are thoroughly researched, and the arguments are objective, logical, structured, clearly presented and easy to follow. There is an intelligent balance of detail and relevance in the information presented.
Substantial scientific data are cited to support the case that the biblical flood was an authentic historical event, with a clearly identified cause dated to the relevant period, and global cataclysmic effects that can still readily be seen today. An impressive ancient understanding of geometry, astronomy, navigation, the measurement of time, and other sciences, is revealed in the legacy of our distant ancestors. Persuasive documentary and archaeological proof is presented, together with interesting anecdotal evidence, to suggest how pre-historic wisdom was acquired and carefully handed down by secret organisations. An intriguing series of events are described, from the knowledge taught to Enoch by the angel Uriel, through the construction of megalithic monuments, to the creation and shaping of nations and religions, and the formation of modern secret societies - even the mysterious agenda of the New World Order. The book culminates in some astonishing observations on the influence of ancient traditions on today's modern civilisation. Royal and aristocratic bloodlines are traced back to high-priests from the ancient middle-east.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By shaw6 on November 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Some parts of this book were riveting and I found myself convinced about several of their main ideas, relating to the astronomical uses of the ancient henge formations, the flood/comet theories, early use of writing and even the link between the ancient Jews and the Celts.
The Masonic material was far less convincing, and I noticed when this topic came up the academic footnotes tended to try up - whether or not that's important depends on your point of view on academic rigour.
There are some breathtaking assertions simply stated without any attempt at substantiation or even explanation. Despite this serious flaw, the book as a whole was fascinating and gave me a great new insight into prehistoric times. I enjoyed the deeper understanding it gave me into the structures like Stonehenge.
Definitely worth a read.
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