Later today is the one-two punch of Ancient Aliens and In Search of Aliens, so I’m going to make a short entry for now in anticipation of the much longer review of Ancient Aliens to go up later. I’ll begin by sharing some news about something I’m sure will never happen. Last night a paranormal-themed internet radio show asked me to fill in on tonight’s episode for Jason Martell of Ancient Aliens, who canceled yesterday afternoon. I declined due to the short notice, but the show seemed interested in having a debate between Martell and me next month. I can’t imagine that will ever actually come to pass, especially not after Martell threatened to sue me last year and directed his fans to send me hate mail, leading to a death threat. But we’ll see…
I’d like to share with you one of the weirder self-published books I’ve come across recently. Let me first thank the Atlantipedia for calling this to my attention. The book is called Biblical Flood: Noah’s Ark and the Star of David and was written by Thomas J. Krupa, a octogenarian Air Force veteran who took up writing after his recent retirement from a career as what he calls a “fuze consultant.” The book makes some rather extreme claims, which sadly I cannot fully evaluate as I have not read the book in question beyond its introduction. We know they are non-fiction because the book cover helpfully identifies the book as “non-fiction” above the title.
The book appears to be a combination of Biblical literalism, distrust of “mainstream” science, and a superficial understanding of ancient history.
Here is just some of Krupa’s lengthy book description:
The controversial great flood of the bible and Noah’s Ark are not mythical. There was a real flood large enough to be called a worldwide flood, and a real vessel. The Ark existed, not exactly as described in Genesis, but as changed by Ptolemy I of Egypt who ordered the first translation of the Bible. The design of the ark is based upon the Star of David. This geometrical form was not developed as a symbol, but was used as a practical design of the ark’s keel and later for the invention of the Greek alphabet. It was also used in the layout of Stonehenge about 2600 BC. The story of the Biblical flood begins with the rising of the water level of the Atlantic Ocean, about 29000 years ago when the narrow isthmus connecting South America to Antarctica failed creating the Drake Passage. This most significant world event ended the last Ice Age and precluded forever their return. It caused the mass extinctions. Global warming, still happening, resulted in the melting of the ice cap and raising sea level, setting up the Biblical flood and today, the resounding controversy over its cause. It left us a legacy of an earthquake and volcano prone Pacific basin. Considerable blame for the failure of science to recognize the correct timing of the opening of the Drake Passage falls directly on the false theory of Continental Drift and Tectonic Plates. These theories were never scientifically proven, but were eventually adopted by mainstream geologists by consensus agreement.
The last Ice Age ended between 10,000 BCE and 8,000 BCE—long after the date he gives for the “end” of the Ice Age, but I guess if you reject plate tectonics, you can re-date geology as you’d like based on Biblical calculations.
Krupa goes on to say that combining descriptions of the Ark from Genesis and the Epic of Gilgamesh allowed him to discover that the keel of the Ark was shaped like the Star of David, that Alexander the Great copied the design for his fleet, and that (apparently anticipating his own early death) he built his tomb in the shape of the Ark because of his awe for the ancient ship. Krupa also accuses Ptolemy I of falsifying the Septuagint to hide the true shape of the Ark. (Flood Arks have been many shapes including round, rectangular, and cube-shaped.)
But here’s what takes the cake:
About a thousand years later it (Alexander’s tomb) was discovered by Arabs who regarded the mysterious building of unknown origin, as a holy place, known today as the Kaaba, their most revered shrine. It has managed to escape identification as an ark because people don’t yet know what an ark looks like.
Krupa believes that Alexander the Great is buried in the Kaaba of Mecca, which the Arabs misunderstood and venerated in their ignorance. This would be quite a feat since the area around Mecca was not part of Alexander’s empire.
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