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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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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
About the Author
Christopher Knight completed his education with a degree in advertising and graphic design. He has always had a strong interest in social behavior and belief systems and for many years has been a consumer psychologist involved in the planning of new products and their marketing. He is the chairman of a marketing and advertising company.
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Knight and Lomas do a very interesting job of linking the Book of Enoch to Northern Europe, but then propose that some biblical guy named Enoch was taken there and taught secrets. The obvious idea that many things in the bible came from Northern Europe as in ripped off in the 2nd century during the Maccabbean times, doesn't really seem to have made much impact on their thinking. Too many people are stymied by this: thinking that the Bible can be taken as an "older" tradition than any other. It simply isn't true.
Nevertheless, it is an excellent effort and the interpretation of the astronomical instructions in the Book of Enoch, and its linking to Northern Europe holds up well and is, again, pure genius!
The book is well-written, entertaining, a book well worth reading. Recommended. (I would have given it five stars if it had not been for the fact that Knight and Lomas simply didn't dig deep enough!)
The author lays out a series of different sources to backup the premise that the biblical flood was real, and that one had occurred even further back in human history, one that helped prepare for the biblical flood.