Monday, June 27, 2011

What are the stones inscribed in "ancient Hebrew" in the New World?

Ancient stones a mystery for archeologists, scientists
Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 9:44 am
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Years ago, I got to know an archeologist that worked with archeological digs in East Texas in the area now covered by Lake Sam Rayburn.

He and I discussed various subjects regarding archeology, not only regarding Texas, but some of the surrounding states and Egypt and the Holy Land.

One of the subjects that caught my attention was one about several tablets being found in some of the Mayan temples of the Yucatan. He said that archeologists and other scientists studying these old tablets noted what appeared to be ancient Hebrew.

Now in some areas I am a skeptic, but in others I am curious and like to research. This area is one of those.

In the past I did not have the means or time to go to some university library for research on this subject. But with Internet, many research sources are now at my fingertips.

As I have researched this idea of Ancient Hebrew or Israelite explorers or other countries to the Western Hemisphere long before Columbus, I have read about various artifacts that have been discovered over the years of research of Mayan temples and ruins as well as in other areas of the Americas.

There is no definitive information at present to support this theory but I look at it this way: if they had the means to explore various parts of Europe and Asia by boat, then they certainly had the means to cross the seas to the Americas.
Image: Wikipedia commons.
One such item of interest is a large stone that was found in a dry creek bed in New Mexico. This stone discovered by early explorers contains the entire Ten Commandments written in Ancient Hebrew script. Today, this large stone still lies where it was originally found in the early 1800's on the side of Hidden Mountain near Los Lunas, New Mexico, about thirty-five miles south of Albuquerque.

Scholars who have studied the stone say it pre-dates the arrival of Columbus to America.

How did this large stone with the Ten Commandments written in Ancient Hebrew come to be in North America? No one has an answer.

Another item that shows strong evidence of the possibility of Hebrews in America is noted in a custom celebrated by the Yuchi Indians in Oklahoma.

The Yuchis originally migrated from the Bahamas to Florida and Georgia and then later to the Oklahoma territory.

Every year in the fall, on the fifteenth day of the sacred month of harvest, the Yuchis make a pilgrimage and for eight days live in what are described as booths with open roofs. They celebrate a festival during this time.

The ancient Israelites had a custom very similar and also celebrated in the harvest season on the 15th day of the sacred month of harvest.

The unanswered question is “How can two totally separated peoples observe the identical question?

Another question that haunts scientists and Bible historians is: “Did Jesus in His early years visit the American continents?

After all, there was a period from about age 12 to age 30, years unaccounted for in the scriptures. So there is a possibility that Jesus did visit other continents during those years.

Several of the ancient tribes of the Americas have stories that tell of a white-skinned bearded man that came from heaven to earth.

The Aztecs and Toltecs worshiped a god named Quetzalcoatl who not only was a white bearded man, but also wore white. The legend tells that his mother was a virgin. Legend says he taught the Native Americans about agriculture and medicine and gave them a calendar.

The Mayans worshiped a god named Kukulcan and legend says he too was white-skinned and bearded and came from heaven to earth. This particular god also had the power to heal the sick as well as bring the dead back to life.

Similar legends are to be found with the Incas.
Is the author a Mormon? Isn't that what they teach - that some of the "lost tribes of Israel" ended up in North America and that Christ visited their descendants at some point?

What I want to know is - why is this big old stone inscribed in "ancient Hebrew" with the 10 commandments on it still sitting out in the middle of nowhere?  If it has, indeed, been examined by "scholars" and deemed "authentic", why isn't this stone sitting in a museum?  Something is not right here. 

You can find a photo of the "Decalogue Stone" at the web site of Steven M. Collins with further information.
Wikipedia also has information on the stone.  It answered one of my questions - the inscription is inscribed on an 80 ton boulder!  That's why it hasn't been moved to a museum or lab for further study.  Conveniently, unknown persons have, over the years, also "cleaned" the inscription, thereby most likely destroying most or even all of the patina that might otherwise have been used to date the inscription. 

Is it a fraud?  I don't know.  Most people today don't write using perfect grammar and punctuation, and most likely people 2000 years ago didn't either.  People well versed in ancient Hebrew idioms of the day need to look at this stone, and despite repeated "cleanings" over the years, some attempt should be made to date the inscriptions using modern methods.  Alas, that takes money to fund the studies, and no doubt a project like this, if it is on any university's or institute's "wish list" at all, is way down at the bottom! 

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