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Last Updated:
Monday, January 01, 2007 01:00:00 PM

Monday, January 01, 2006, 2007

Zacharia Sitchin Is Wrong!
by Michael S. Heiser, PhD

Last Updated: Monday, January 01, 2007 01:00:00 PM

Michael S. Heiser, PhD
Michael S. Heiser, PhD


elcome to the website devoted to addressing the flaws of the ancient astronaut hypothesis popularized in the writings of Zecharia Sitchin.

Zacharia Sitchin
Zacharia Sitchin


For the past two years, at conferences and on radio shows like Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell and George Noory, listeners have asked me numerous times to comment on the teachings of Zecharia Sitchin. Why? Because I am actually what Sitchin claims to be - a scholar of ancient near eastern languages, texts, history, and religion. People think (correctly) that if something's rotten in Sitchin's Denmark (or Nibiru) I ought to know. This site reveals that I do.

I know for many who stop by to browse the experience will be painful. So are tetanus shots, but you need them. You need to see what's on this site, too, if you are really interested in truth-seeking. You see, for the past two years I have had an open letter on the Internet asking Mr. Sitchin to answer some very simple, straightforward questions. If you have the courage to take the red pill and enter this site, I believe you'll also think these questions are entirely fair. They have gone unanswered.

Yes, Mr. Sitchin's webmaster has responded to a few items, and I have reproduced his response and my rejoinder on this site - not only for comic relief, but also explanatory value. What do these exchanges explain? That Mr. Sitchin's arguments, so ably reproduced by his webmaster, have zero academic credibility. I can't say it any other way and remain honest. If academia (as we often hear) is supposed to serve the public interest, consider this my contribution. Although I would disagree with the academic mainstream's fear of testing its own assured conclusions, I agree that it is irresponsible to allow blatant untruths to go uncontested.

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In a nutshell, I'm a trained scholar in Hebrew Bible and ancient Semitic languages and care about my field and its resources. That means I have taken real classes in these languages and the ancient texts from real professors in real universities. I am not stumbling around in the dark. My knowledge isn't just based on the fact that I can use a library. Getting a Ph.D. in this area really does matter. I know many who come to this website are frustrated by "academese" and a seeming unwillingness (it's more than imaginary) of academics to consider alternative research on the ancient world. I would agree with you that there is a "knowledge filter" in academia (I think of Cremo and Thompson's amazing efforts in "Forbidden Archaeology" when I say that), but that does not justify poor scholarship and fabrication of "data" to prop up ideas. It is illegitimate to complain that academics should look at alternate ideas and then turn around and refuse to look at what the original sources say. Whether you want to accept it or not, when you take Sitchin's interpretations of stories over the word meanings the scribes themselves left us (they made dictionaries back then too!), this justifies academics treating alternate material with disdain. This situation should not be. We should look and be willing to slay academic (and even theological) sacred cows; you should respect the results of centuries of work in the field by people who do this for a living.

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Source: http://www.sitchiniswrong.com/

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