Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Review: The Rise and Fall of the Nephilim by Scott Alan Roberts

The ancient books of Genesis and Enoch tell us that sprit beings known as the Watchers descended to the Earth, had sex with women, and begat a hybrid race of offspring known as the Nephilim.

Such tales are as old as humanity itself. These histories and accounts of visitations and subsequent mixed-blood, alien-human races comprise the bulk of the world's myths, legends, religions, and superstitions.

The Rise and Fall of the Nephilim examines:
  • Elohim and the Bene Ha Elohim--God and the Sons of God
  • The Watchers: UFOs, extraterrestrials, angels, infiltrators, and impregnators
  • Biblical and apocryphal sources from Enoch to Moses
  • The role of the Fae, Elves, Elementals, and ancient gods
What if the old spiritualities and religions weren't just legends?

What if there was something living and breathing beneath the surface, a tangible interlinking of religious thought and spirituality, science and myth, inter-dimensionality and cold, hard fact?

The Nephilim walked among us... and still do today.

Received for review.

First of all, the author works from the idea that the bible is a historically accurate document.  From that view there were quotes from it on nearly every page.  Fine, I could deal with that.  What I absolutely could not deal with was the propaganda about Moses and the Egyptian pharaohs.  The author seemed to just ignore all archaeological evidence entirely and go into some sort of fantasy scenario.

I had to abandon this after that section.  The bible quotes became increasingly oppressive, and the accomanying "evidence" just too far fetched.  It wasn't even mildly amusing enough to pretend that it was science fiction.

Frankly this mixture of pseudoscience and religion was just too bizarre.  The best I can say for it is that it was a nicely bound trade paperback with a readable font.  Give it a pass.  Really, don't even crack it open, just step away.

☆☆ = Didn't Like It


Ryan said...

I think I'll be giving it a wide pass.

Scotty said...

Hi Beth,
I am the author of "The Rise and Fall of the Nephilim."

I read your review and wanted to offer a reply. First, thanks for reading my book, at least up to chapter three, "The Pharaoh-god of Israel.”

Had you read the entire book in order to write your review, you may have drawn a completely different - or at least a completely complete - understanding of its contents.

To degrade the book for its quotation of Hebrew scripture would be to completely misunderstand the context of the entire book, as it is about Hebrew religious mythology, sourced in the Old Testament, the sourcepoint for the word "Nephilim." There are, however, many parallel mythologies throughout various ancient religious cultures.

When you mention that you found quotations of biblical passages in a book about biblical mythology to be "increasingly oppressive," I have to ask: what is it you were expecting?

I would also like to ask what "propaganda" it is you believe I have spread about Moses and the Egyptian pharaohs, and what archaeology do you believe I have "ignored entirely."

While the bible is a book of faith, it also contains a hell of a lot of history. A keystone date in the bible is the founding of Temple 1 in Jerusalem. There is little dispute over this date by religious or secular scholars, and the recognized dating of Temple 1 is generally agreed to be 966 BCE.

According to 1 Kings 6:1, the dedication of Temple 1 was on the anniversary of the 480th year of the Exodus under the leadership of Moses. If this little tidbit of biblical history is accurate, that would have placed the Exodus around 1446 BCE, during the reign of Amenhotep II.

Further, if Moses was indeed 80 years old at the time of the Exodus, that would place his birth around the year 1526 BCE, during the reign of Thutmoses 1, whose only royal daughter was Hatshepsut. The other pharaohs in this descending line are Thutmoses II, Amenhotep I, Hatshepsut, Thutmoses III and Amenhotep II.

There is some difficulty with the chronology of the Pharaohs, in that the dating system can follow one of several archaic chronologies, dependent upon which scholarship you adhere to, and which facts seem to indicate the more plausible line of events. The Egyptian chronology I follow has Hatshepsut at age seven-to-nine in 1526 BCE, and possibly the adoptive mother to the biblical Moses. Hatshepsut did have a man named Senenmut, seven to nine years her junior, whom she appointed as tutor to her daughter, Nefrure, and to whom she also ascribed at least 20 royal titles, including the title "Mother's Brother." Senenmut disappeared completely off the Egyptian scene around the same year Moses would have turned 40 in this dating system.

The rest of my speculative hypothesis - which is not as far fetched as you might think - is based on the archaeological record and the Egyptian lack of recording its disastrous affairs.

Dr. John Ward, British archaeologist in Luxor, Egypt, is a dear friend and colleague. He and I have just been contracted by New Page Books to write a book on Moses and the Exodus, exploring our disparate views of two different candidates as the most likely candidates for the rulers during the time of the biblical exodus. It is going to prove to be an immensely detailed study, and one that you might find interesting.

Again, I would ask on what points you felt the research in “Nephilim” was lacking, and where you considered my approach to be “propagandist” in any respect.

As for your opinion that the book ought not be worth the reader's time, I wonder if your appraisal may have been different if you had taken time to read the following seven chapters. Your limited knowledge of the book and its subject matter is rather short-sighted and perhaps a bit biased, especially when you recommend it as a book that one should not even “crack open.”

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