. The Tsohar
by Anonymous

All myths are based at some time on real events, and here are the real events:

Let's take a look at the Genesis description of the Flood and the survival vessel, and focus our attention on two references. In this account we find two indications that electricity may have played a vital role in the operation of the ark. One reference is found in Genesis 8:6, where the Hebrew word "challon" or "opening" is used, referring to the window through which Noah released the birds. The other reference, however, utilizes a different word -tsohar- which is translated as "window" but does not mean window or opening at all! Where it is used (22 times in the Old Testament), its meaning is given as "a brightness, a brilliance, the light of the noonday sun." Its cognates refer to something that "glistens, glitters or shines."

Many Jewish scholars of the traditonal school identify "tsohar" as "a light which has its origins in a shining crystal." For centuries Hebrew tradition has described the "tsohar" as an enormous gem or pearl that Noah hung from the rafters of the ark, and which, by some power contained within itself, illuminated the entire vessel for the duration of the Flood voyage.

Noah's light source seems to have been preserved in history for hundreds of years, for we find indications that King Solomon of Israel may have used it in about 1000 B.C. An Ancient Jewish manuscript entitled "The Queen of Sheba and Her only Son Menyelek," translated by Sir E. A. Wallis Budge, contains this statement: "How the House of Solomon the King was illuminated as by day, for in his wisdom he had made shining pearls which were like unto the sun, the moon and the stars in the roof of his house."

In view of this, it is not surprising that Solomon himself once wrote, "...there is no new thing under the sun. Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time which was before us." (Eccl. 1:9-10.)

"of old time which was before us." probably refers to the ancient ones. (The ones the were wiped out in one of the cataclysms before the Flood.)

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October 30, 1993

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