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“The Ark Of the Covenant”

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Templar Gold
Discovering the Ark of the Covenant
Blue Dolphin Publishing
By: Patrick Byrne

Cover Design By: Comstock Sculpture Studio

"Not since Hancock's Sign & the Seal has so plausible and logical a theory been put forth involving the Templars and the Ark of the Covenant. In fact the publication of this book may well see many Hancock supporters changing their thinking, including Mr. Hancock himself." Stephen Dafoe, Grand Historian for the Sovereign Great Priory of Canada Knights Templar
"The Sign and The Seal"
The Quest for the lost Ark of The Covenant   By Graham Hancock
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Trade Paperbacks 

This book is a good overview of the fascination and obsession people have had for the Ark of the Covenant. The value in the book is in the historical overview of man’s obsession with the finding the lost ark. The actuality of the Arks true location remains undetermined.

Review:  An entertaining read. Graham Hancock knows how to tell a story.
 Egypt: Yesterday and Today  Fabio Bourbon,Antonio Athni (Photographer)     
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, Inc. / October 1996

The lithographs of Scottish Artist David Roberts reveal Egypt as it looked in the late 19th Century.

Review: This book has excellent production values and gives a unique insight to Egypt, as it must have looked in 1840.
Gardner's Art Through the Ages Gardner's Art Through The Ages:
Volume I, Ancient, Medieval, and Non-European Art

Harcourt Brace College Publishers Pub. Date: August 1995 This book is a valuable resource for putting the development of iconography and artistic conventions into a historic perspective.

The Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible  by Finnis Jennings   
Dake Publisher: Dake Bible Sales, Inc. PO Box 173 Lawrenceville, Georgia

Genealogies and Dates of the important events of the Hebrew patriarchs are derived from information provided by the Dake's reference bible. This complete Bible includes all the books of the Apocrypha's. placed conveniently between the New and the Old testaments.

Review: I personally talked to the publisher to learn that Finnis Jennings Dakes has a photographic memory. A savant of sorts Dakes truly created one of the best books you can get your hands n for access to cross reference material this book is a remarkable achievement in scholarship.

The New American Bible  
Translated from the original Languages with critical use of All the Historic references nt Sources.
Publisher:  Catholic Bible Press   © 1987

This book is the standard bible of the Catholic Church. This document at its historic roots is the basis for all other Christian Bibles.


The Cambridge History of Africa
Volume 1, J. Desmond Clark
 Cambridge University Press

This volume is an invaluable resource for organizing original research. I used it to help outline the approach I would take and to narrow the focus on essential materials in my research. Due to its expense it is best used in a library. No good library should be without it.

The Topical Josephus: Historical Accounts That Shed Light on the Bible By Cleon Rogers

Zondervan Publishing House    From the records of Josephus

Publisher’s comments: In this book, Dr. Rogers has summarized the massive bulk of Josephus's writings in a vivid and delightful manner, arranging the data topically for easy access. He also draws attention to specific words in the Gospels, Acts, and the letters of the New Testament that take on enriched meanings when viewed in light of Josephus's use of them.
The Complete Tutankhamun

The King, the Tomb, and the Royal Treasure By Nicholas N. Reeves       Publisher: Thames & Hudson  

Howard Carter's discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb 1922 opened an intimate window into the life and court of the Armana period of Egyptian history. No find had ever been so completely in tack as this tomb. Howard Carter can be credited with setting new standards for recording and documenting an Archeological find. This find was a truly monumental moment in Modern Archeology. The legacy that has been preserved of the boy-king has exerted a unique hold on people's imaginations. This fascinating new book reveals the whole story behind Howard Carter's quest for the tomb and includes extracts from Carter's notes and diaries, first-time publication of many of his drawings and reconstructions, and much more.
Manetho: Aegyptiaca & Other Works, History of Egypt By W. G Waddell

Publisher: Harvard University Press Pub. Date: July  1992

Manetho was commissioned by Ptolemy I in 300 BCE to create a record of the rulers of Egypt. Manetho’s chronologies have been the primary basis for determining the sequence and durations of the rulers of ancient Egypt. Although Manetho was Egyptian and did his work in antiquity their remains confusion in some of the chronologies primarily due to the fact Egypt may have been divided into separate Kingdoms and some of the rulers may have ruled concurrently. It is not entirely clear where and when this occurred. Manetho created the best record of its kind in Ancient Egypt.


King Of Egypt by Cyril Aldred 

Thames and Hudson ©1988 London

This book is a scholarly look into the historic time frame of the New Kingdom. Aldred’s book opens a window into the life and times of one of Egypt’s most Enigmatic rulers the Pharaoh of the New Kingdom. Aldred has attempted to shed light on a chapter of Egyptian history that has been shrouded in darkness due to lack of information. Aldred cites works and studies that generally are not available for scrutiny and takes scholars approach to history requiring a preponderance of evidence before drawing a conclusion. Akhenaten was considered a revolutionary reformer, an idealist and pacifist. His attempted reforms of Egyptian culture and the influence of his monotheism were short-lived and unpopular with the Egyptian Religious Bureaucracies. The distinctly humanistic art that developed during the El Armana period created a romantic image of his bonds with queen Nefertiti. Aldred reveals a more complex life in the ancient court at Armana. The transition and relationships of Akenhaten to Tutankhamun are shown. The tragic results of     incestuous relationships in the Royal bloodline are revealed. The book contains a somewhat detailed analysis of the Armana letters, which reveals diplomatic and trade alliances between rulers in the Western Mediterranean.


 Reading Egyptian Art:

A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Egyptian Painting and Sculpture By Richard     Wilkinson   Publisher: Thames & Hudson Pub. Date: May 1994

A primer and easily read beginning course in the relationship of Egyptian iconography and artistic conventions to the hieroglyphic written word. The book reveals the basis for the double meanings that are replete in the ancient Egyptian language. This is an authoritative and thoroughly researched guide. By reading this book you will learn how artisans selected crucial pictorial components of many of the Egyptian’s great masterpieces, an insight that will only increase your ability to enjoy Egyptian culture. The result is an indispensable primer for those seeking to understand the complexities of Egyptian art. This will be a valued source book for all ages on the relationship between hieroglyphs and Egyptian Iconography.


 A Hieroglyphic Dictionary
Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

By E. A. Wallace Budge

Dover Publications, NY, NY Copied from a volume first published in 1920

An English dictionary of Egyptian hieroglyphics: This monumental work - long out of print, a very hard and rare book to find - was prepared by one of the foremost Egyptologists of the century. It contains nearly 28,000 words or terms that occur in hieroglyphics texts dating from the Third Dynasty through the Roman period, roughly from 3,000 B.C. to 600 A.D. It is the only complete English dictionary available anywhere. For anyone  interested in deciphering ancient Egyptian writings, or inscriptions for themselves, this is a must!


 The Gods of the Egyptians
Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
by Ernest Alfred Wallis Budge
Dover Publications, Incorporated New York

These books are part of the life work of E.A. Wallis Budge. The former director of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum Wallis Budges contribution to the understanding of Egyptian antiquities is hard to measure but can be said to be one of the most significant.

“A student of Egyptology trying to understand ancient Egypt without the works of Wallis Budge is like a blind man trying to understand an elephant.

The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt
by Richard H. Wilkinson
The Early Alphebet:
Reading the Past By John F. Healy
University of California Press

This is a generously illustrated book outlines the basic principles behind the creation of earliest alphabets and describes the first attempts at alphabetic writing in the Semitic languages.  He then traces the spread of the alphabet throughout the later Middle East including Hebrew, Syriac and Arabic scripts and its transmission, via the Greeks, to Latin West. A primer to get started with this book illustrates the complexity in determining the original origins of various written scripts.


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