Inside Issue #133
JESUS & THE GNOSTICS
The Quest for Historical Reality Takes Some Startling New Turns
BY MARTIN RUGGLES
In November of 2018, not only did archaeologists report discovery, in the Israel desert, of a 1500-year-old painting said to be of Jesus as a young man (see page 11), but also, in the region south of Qumran in Palestine, the neighborhood where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the 1940s and 50s, new caves have come to light
ROSWELL TO THE 33RD DEGREE
A Former Air Force UFO Investigator Makes Some Startling Observations
BY WILLIAM B. STOECKER
Sometime in early July, 1947, William “Mack“ Brazel, manager of the Foster sheep ranch near Corona, New Mexico (Chavez County), journeyed to the nearest large town, Roswell, New Mexico, county seat of adjacent Lincoln County. He visited Sheriff George Wilcox to report the crash (in June or early July--accounts differ widely) of something strange on his ranch.
DENISOVANS IN AMERICA?
A Closer Look at DNA and the Coming of the ‘Thunder People‘
BY ANDREW COLLINS
In 2010 the existence of a previously unknown archaic human population was discovered following the DNA sequencing of a finger bone over 41,000 years old. It had been found two years earlier in the Denisova Cave, a Stone Age occupational site located in the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia. Here also three molars, two of enormous size, were retrieved. These too were found to belong to this same group of archaic humans, who are today known as the Denisovans after their place of discovery.
PYRAMIDS & THE GODS OF WEATHER
An Electrifying New Take on Possible Lost Ancient Technology?
BY KONSTANTIN BORISOV, Ph.D.
After about 150 years of Egyptology as an academic field, there still appears to be no agreement between scholars on the true function of the Egyptian pyramids. Traditional Egyptology insists the pyramids were used as tombs for the Pharaohs and their queens. Not all accept that idea, though.
PYGMIES & DWARFS
Is There More Truth to the Legends than We Realized?
BY CLAUDE LECOUTEUX
There were and still are important differences in size between the races. For proof of this, you need only stand a Dutchman next to a Lusitanian (Lusitania was the name of the ancient Roman province in what is now Portugal). So, depending on the viewpoint of this individual or that individual, we see the appearance of giants or dwarfs in stories.
OAK ISLAND: THE INCA/SPANISH CONNECTION
Following the Evidence to South America
BY FRANK JOSEPH
The long-running mystery of Canada‘s Oak Island is familiar to Atlantis Rising readers. Less well known are a number of recent finds that may at last disclose who could have buried a substantial treasure just off the south coast of Nova Scotia, in Mahone Bay, when they did so, how, and why.
THE MANY FACES OF 'SKEPTICISM'
Taking a Closer Look at Where All the Noise Is Coming from
BY MICHAEL E. TYMN
Many words have been subject to changes in meaning, embellishment, twisting, or distortion for political, promotional, or propaganda reasons. One such word is skeptic (sceptic for the British). Webster and other dictionaries focus on the "uncertainty" of knowing aspect of the word, which comes from the Latin scepticus and the Greek skeptikos, meaning "thoughtful" or "inquiring."
PROPHECIES AND THE THIRD TEMPLE
Are We About Due for the Apocalypse?
BY JONATHON PERRIN
There is perhaps no more iconic a vision than the Old City walls of Jerusalem surrounding the golden-topped Dome of the Rock. People from around the world travel there to both connect with history and seek a religious experience. However, in recent years, there has been an amplification of “end-times“ fervor associated with the spot. Increasing numbers of Christians and Jews believe the long prophesied “End of Days“ will soon take place in Jerusalem, specifically on the Temple Mount, a place Time magazine has called “the most volatile 35 acres on Earth.“
JESUS IN KASHMIR?
Did the Bible Tell the Whole Story?
BY STEVEN SORA
It is a shared belief among Christians and Muslims that Jesus Christ died on the Cross and soon thereafter ascended into heaven. The belief is not shared by everyone and for years books have emerged saying Jesus survived the Crucifixion and went to India. In 2010 several international news organizations ran stories of the tomb of Jesus in a town called Srinagar in Kashmir. The BBC, the Times of Britain, and The Times of India all carried the story The tomb is also mentioned in Lonely Planet‘s guide to Kashmir and more recently Trip Advisor reviews cover the tomb as well.
SEARCHING FOR EGYPTIAN ORIGINS IN NIGER
Could the ‘Zinder Pyramid and Sphinx‘ Hold Clues to Zep Tepi?
BY ROBERT M. SCHOCH, Ph.D.
In March 2018, I had the privilege of traveling to Niger, West Africa, to inspect various archaeological and geological sites, and in particular study and evaluate features that have become known as the Dan Baki Pyramid and Dan Baki Sphinx, located near the city of Zinder.