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Hello from Riaan
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Author:  Riaan [ Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Hello from Riaan

Hi there, my name is Riaan Booysen and I am a practising engineer with a PhD in Electronic Engineering. About 12 years ago (or so) I became interested in ancient history, specifically regarding the origins of religion. This inevitably took me from Christianity (I was a believer until the questions became too overwhelming), through the Old Testament all the way back to the original 'gods' and Atlantis. Over the past couple of years my main focus has been on the biblical Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and I have now after much labour been able to publish a book on this topic. It is called Thera and the Exodus and you can find more information on it simply by Googling the title.

I would like to discuss some of the theories I present in the book on this forum, which appears to be a place where highly knowledgeable people participate!

For now, however, just a hello.

Author:  Riaan [ Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Added some detailed articles from the book ...

For those interested:

The El Arish Shrine in Context

Nefertiti and the Queen of Sheba

The Identification of Moses as Crown Prince Tuthmosis

Proving That Thera Had Erupted Twice ...

Author:  bedspreads [ Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:40 am ]
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hello riaan..nice to see you in these forum..

Author:  altydevid [ Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:20 pm ]
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Hey. riaan .nice to meet you here.

Author:  Riaan [ Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:00 am ]
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Thanks Tomb Robber!

I am afraid not everyone seems to feel that way - another 'crank' theorist!

Please feel free to let me know if you have any queries bout my work.


Author:  Riaan [ Sun Aug 17, 2014 2:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Scientific Review of Thera and Exods & questions

Dear all,

I have recently received a belated but for the first time a detailed and scientific review of my book - rated 3/4 (see my website - search Riaan Booysen - Exploring the Past, Thera ). The only negative criticism was that the book is a bit too academic in nature, but I never intended it to read like a novel. I'm sure members of forums like these do not object to reading academically inclined books.

I am often criticised that I based my conclusions on legends and myths that are pure fantasy. However, those who reject those legends never bother to come up with an explanation about how such legends could ever have come into existence, and how all could somehow paint the same picture. For instance, what was the origin of the legend the Jehova revealed himself to Moses in a burning bush? How do they explain the fact that Artapanus' description of Moses assisting his father during the burial ceremony of the first Apis bull is an almost verbatim description of Crown Prince Tuthmosis assisting his father Amenhotep III during the same burial ceremony? Are those academics who reject Osman's identification of Yuya as the biblical Joseph completely ignorant of the legend of Joseph and Asenath, which unequivocally links Joseph to Yuya and his daughter Tiye?

As a scientist my first inclination is always to trust science above anything else. However, regarding the dating of the eruption of Thera, I have since dug into the mathematics and discovered that there are some underlying assumptions in the process that would allow for a different time frame for the eruption. Somewhere something is amiss.

I pose some questions to academics and experts in ancient history on this forum on my website. The easiest way to refute any challenge to the conventional wisdom is, of course, to ignore it. However, I have no doubt that when you dig deeper, you'll find that these 'debunkers' do not have all the answers themselves.

You be the judge.

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