I consider Alan Alford's Gods Of The New Millenium a major contribution to the second stage of the inplementation of the radical new paradigm introduced by the Sumerian scholar, Zecharia Sitchin. The first stage was initiated by Sitchin with his publishing of The Twelfth Planet in 1976, subsequently followed by six more volumes.
Review of Gods of the New Millennium by Neil Freer
The second stage is marked as the robust, probing, scholarly, critical discussion and development of this radical paradigm, pro and con. (The third stage will occur when this new paradigm of our genetic creation and maturation as literally a new species replaces the outmoded Creationist and current variations of the Evolutionary scenario of our genesis.) Setting Alford's work within this context affords the reader a perspective on two major characteristics of his work: the critically enthusiastic acceptance of the substance of Sitchin's thesis and the equally enthuiastic disagreement with him on certain points.
That Alford accepts Sitchin's thesis and unabashedly acknowledges the importance of his contribution, while disagreeing with some details of it, at this point in the unfurling of the new paradigm, is remarkable. Establishment scientists and scholars, with the exception of a small handful, have rejected his thesis almost out of hand. Their objections, paradoxically, have often been milder than the sometimes scurrilous ad hominem attacks from investigators holding alternative viewpoints within the same camp as Sitchin in a classic turfish backlash from the recognition that their partial contributions are subsumed by his master paradigm.
But here comes the thirty-seven year old Alford — a validation of Kuhn's resigned observation that entrenched paradigms most often are replaced by young outsiders when the old guard dies off — with an impressively well researched, well thought out statement of the same basic thesis with a few very interesting and significant twists.
We are clearly a synthetic species genetically engineered into existence by the alien humanoid Anunnaki from the tenth planet, Planet X, in our solar system, by crossing their genes with those of an indigenous, relatively primitive humanoid. All the ancient traditions, religions and science are telling us that, in so far as they have maintained their core of truth. The two previous major paradigms which have molded western culture, Creationism and Evolution, are now explained, outmoded and subsumed by this new paradigm. The advanced technology and evidence of "fantastic" deeds embedded in the Pyramid Texts, Bible and the Sumerian records can now be understood and appreciated for what they truly were because our recent achievements in technology have explained them. The amazing monumental constructions and markers left by the Anunnaki, from Baalbek to Giza to Tiwanaku to Nazca, attest to this advanced presence on Earth. The high, "sudden" civilization of the Sumerians, which they plainly said was a "gift from the gods", epitomizes the puzzles about all the ancient civilizations concerning the source of the advanced technology, astronomy, metallurgy, social structure and government which the scientists cannot explain to this day.
The Enuma Elish, translated by George Smith of the British Museum over one hundred years ago, and updated and reinterpreted by Sitchin, is recognized as a detailed history of the formation of our solar system and the pivotal role of Nibiru, the 10th planet. We were invented as slaves for the Anunnaki gold mines in East-Central Africa, gradually became limited partners with them after we were salvaged after the Flood. Since they phased off the planet around 1250 B.C., we have been racially disoriented and have gradually sublimated the Anunnaki into some sort of cosmic beings.
Rounding out his panoramic accounting of our beginnings and our history as a race, Alford concludes with the speculation that the Nefilim (the Hebrew equivalent of "Anunnaki") could well be returning to this neighborhood around the beginning of the millennium, although the planet Nibiru will not return to the inner solar system on its 3600-year cycle around the Sun until 3400 A.D.
The above synopsis clearly shows that Alford both acknowledges and agrees with Sitchin in substance. The points on which he does not agree with Sitchin provide some very interesting considerations. For example, Alford concludes, from an analysis of the Giza pyramid, that it was, at least in one of its functions, a large hydrogen gas burning energy production plant, the Queen's chamber designated as the location for the main water cell.
A major point where Alford diverges from Sitchin's view is the interpretation of the critical time scale term sar or shar. Sitchin identified a sar as 3600 of our Earth years — the period of the orbit of Planet X/Nibiru around the sun. Alford accepts and agrees with this number as the oribital period of Nibiru but constructively refines and expands on Sitchin's explanation by differentiating another sar as 2160 (Earth years) determined by dividing the precessional cycle of the Earth (the wobble around its poles) after the Flood into 12 periods of Anunnaki political succession.
Alford demonstrates convincingly that he is able to resolve the difficulties and contradictions in the ages and life spans of the ancients in the Sumerian records and the Bible and to date the events of the ancient past more consistently and precisely through this discovery.
Although there are additional minor points on which Alford would refine or correct Sitchin's explanations the other major one is the identity of Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews and Christians. Sitchin, in his Divine Encounters, after systematically considering and eliminating all of the possible Anunnaki who might have been Yahweh, concludes that the four letter Tetragrammaton YHWH, written as Yahweh, is the name for a unique alien humanoid, a "cosmic voyager" who was the God of the Nefilim and the God who embraced the universe. Alford disagrees with Sitchin's reasoning that the Anunnaki individual, Ishkur could not be Yahweh because scholars have associated him with Adad, a "foreign" god who was therefore an "abomination" in Yahweh's sight. He holds that Ishkur, youngest son of Enlil was, indeed, Yahweh and kept his identity hidden because he was often absent from the Middle East, travelling to his domain in the Americas.
Alford's scholarship, while enthusiastically espousing Sitchin's impressive work, stands robustly on its own. I reiterate what I have said in another place: Go buy this book and read it even if you have to hock your cat. Alford's contribution to the promulgation of the new paradigm, already putting it into best seller status though privately published in England, is signifcant and appreciated.
Author's note: This review was written before The Phoenix Solution, Alford's second book was released. Although my opinion of his first book has not changed from what is written here, Alford's opinions have. In The Phoenix Solution he makes a complete 180 degree turnabout, rejecting Sitchin's thesis, beginning with Egyptian history with little reference to the earlier Sumerian and falling back into "the gods were mythological" premise and explanations — much to the disconcertion and puzzlement of his readership. He still continues to market his first book.
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