I just received this book this week. There is a map, which became a world-wide sensation in 1929 when it was discovered in a palace in Istanbul, the old Constantinople. The map was dated to 1513, drawn by a Turkish cartographer. This map showed Africa and South America in correct longitude relative to each other, something unheard of for the 16th century. (The scientific problem of longitude wasn’t solved until the 18th century.)
But after a few years, the map faded from the news, and was once again forgotten. Until a modern history of science teacher at an American college became interested in the map, and he and his students worked on solving the puzzle of the map’s origins. The book I received this week is the story of that puzzle, the process of its solving, and the conclusions reached by this professor and his students.
The conclusion is that certain historical maps, one of which was by the Turkish cartographer, were based on even more ancient maps: the maps of the ancient sea kings. The ancient sea kings, the professor concludes, were a civilized and advanced unknown people who could be dated from the time of the Great Ice Age, based on coastlines, sea levels, and glacier fields found in their maps. That these people traveled the world, that they had wealth to finance these voyages, an advanced knowledge of mathematics at least through trigonometry, navigation, astronomy, and other necessary sciences.
It is startling to think, except for those who take Genesis as authoritative history. Genesis does not teach that cavemen gradually learned to walk, talk, and use tools, but that God created the universe perfect, and man perfect, with language, creativity, and intellect from the beginning; that man and all of creation was marred by sin, that a global flood wiped out mankind because of sin, that a Great Ice Age, which is possibly alluded to in Job, followed the flood while man was spreading out from Babel and the nations were being established. That advanced ancient civilizations rose.
There is even an interesting passage in Genesis 10:25:
“To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother’s name was Joktan.”
Some think the reference to the earth being divided is to the people dividing and spreading out from Babel, and some think the reference is to the earth being explored, mapped, and divided into its nations and boundaries, for the world that was had perished, and the world that now was was new and different. I have to go through my notes for Story of the Ancient World to find the reasoning for the two theories, but I have them documented. The true history of the ancient world would amaze those who have been brainwashed with evolution all their lives.