one of a handful of problems

with self-publishing is the lack of specialist review/critique.

Case in point (and I apologise if this comes off a bit rude): had Allen Austin’s recently pressed, The Middle of the Earth (Xulon Press, 2011) been given a once-over by an outside reader, specifically a ‘Simon Cowell’ of ancient and biblical history, it might not have seen the light of day–at least in it’s present form.  (Go here for the story about the book, and here for the publisher’s summary).

The premises are weak and, from what I remember from my studies of ancient Egyptian religion, certainly not in harmony with what is known about ancient beliefs.  Moreover, the historical assumptions are not only outlandish; they are flat-out laughable.  Especially this one:

I am making claims which most people have never heard or even thought about. The mummified body of Adam, the first created being, was laid in the sarcophagus of the Great Pyramid until the resurrection of Jesus. The Egyptians recorded it. This book gives a true perspective of our history, which should compel anyone towards God.

Dude, the reason why ‘most people have never heard of even though about’ your claims is because no one has put the time and effort into examining them–primarily because they’re not worth the time or effort.  Adam was mummified in Egypt, resurrected some 2000 years ago and ‘[t]he Egyptians recorded it’.  Really?!  Are you seriously going to make that argument?  Simon Jacobovici isn’t even that bold.  (Or, maybe he is).

HT: Dr. Platypus

UPDATE.

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2 comments

  1. Wow! Yes I am ready to make the argument right now. Try reading the book before you critise it, there is abundant documentation. What does the Bible say about criticizing other Christians? If you read the book and then critic it I would have no problem with your opinion. I guarantee you my research into the Bible and Ancient Egyptian beliefs is extensive and under continual prayer. I am far more familiar with Early Jewish Writings and the core of Truth contained within them. The evidence is there. Do you believe in the Flood or Not? Is the Bible the Truth or Not. Was Shem and Ham the fathers of the Egyptians or do you have your own theories? Isaiah says the great pyramid is an alter and witness to the one true God, Josephus says it was built by the children of Seth and the local legend calls it the Pillar of Enoch, the man who walked with God and was not. The book has all the documentation.

    For those reading this reply don’t let people like this tell you what to believe, check it out for yourself. Read the Bible for yourself. The person responsible for this criticism has allowed the modern Egyptologist to define what he knows about ancient Egypt. Modern Egyptology is void of God. They despise the Bible with the exception of a few.
    Believing in the God of the Bible is the most important thing. Don’t let squabbles between Scholars detract you. God will deal with them.
    “In Christ” Allen Austin

    1. Thanks for your comments, Allen. I have no problem admitting that my initial critique was/is based on the summaries found at Xulon and PRWEB. Have Xulon send me a review copy and I would be happy to give it a read and then offer a critique based on the arguments you supply.

      As an aside: I do find it a bit interesting that you form an ‘informed’ view about me (personally) and what I believe (or don’t believe) based on this particular blog post, and then instruct others what to believe about me.

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