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The Nebra Sky Disk and Joshua’s Longest Day
I love archeology, I love astronomy and I love my Bible, and I believe after careful examination of the evidence that there may be a more logical reason behind the making of the Nebra Sky Disk. From systematic study of both astronomical evidence, archeological dating and a clear look at scriptures, we can not only locate the exact event that took place between 1500BC and 1400BC but in all likelihood that a Saxon Tribe had made a sacred record of one of the greatest Solar/Lunar events of all history, on what is now called the Nebra Sky Disk.
From our Biblical perspective we know that the Heavens speak to all people of all times in their own language. Psalm 19:1-6 <<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.>> The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. When we look into the heavens God’s word declares he is speaking to us in our own language, the language of your heart.
God said the creation of the Sun, Moon and Stars were for a purpose. Genesis 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: Here God’s word tells us exactly why and for what purpose the Sun, Moon and Stars were created, for signs, seasons, days and years. We find this evident in all ancient societies i.e. Chinese, Sumerian, Egyptian, Aztec and Inca, and many others all recorded the movements of the Sun, Moon and Stars to establish their timetables or days, seasons and years as well as looking to them for signs.
The Saxon Tribes of Germany were notorious star gazing sun worshipers and pagan animist. Their whole religious orthodoxy was built around Sun, Moon and Star worship and their seasons for planting and harvesting i.e. Easter (Spring) and Halegmonath (Autumn). I hope to show by the scientific evidence available that this religious connection supports yet another view of the Nebra Sky Disk’s real purpose for being made. I believe this is a more logical explanation for the creation of the disk and by the evidence that it is just as solid as any other postulation for it creation by the Saxons. I believe it was made to preserve an extraordinary Solar/Lunar event that took place sometime between the years of 1500-1400BC (1500BC) that was of significant meaning to the Saxons.
The Sky disk as viewed by secular scientist
But what could that extraordinary event have been?
As a Bible believer I am very interested in the Nebra Sky disk and I feel it plays an important role in understanding the reason for its creation, if in fact it is legitimate artifact. I find it very fascinating and interesting that the radiocarbon date of circa 1500BC coincides pretty close to a Biblical Solar/Lunar event that is recorded in the Holy Bible.
In the book of Joshua 10:12, 13 it says, Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher?
So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. Joshua is said to have plundered Jericho shortly after Passover which was April 15th in the spring circa 1448BC, then Ai was plundered and resettled by some Israelite’s sometime from May to June. Then a league with Gibeon was made sometime in the summer of 1448BC and Gibeon was subject to Israel. This would place the call of the five Kings of the Amorites to come and destroy Gibeon (Joshua 10:5-14)in the later summer or early fall around Sept 1448BC, and it was at this time this spectacular event took place. When Joshua made his command after communing with the LORD, the sun remained in part of the sky over Gibeon, and the moon, in this case a waning crescent, was seen in the west in the valley of Ajalon. this day is said in Joshua 10:14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel. There has been no day like it before or since.
Also, there are numerous legends from around the world about that time as to how the day/dawn or night/evening lasted for almost a 24 hour period. One such Legend is told in Hawaii about how the mother of the god Maui, Hina had just finished her laundry and the sun was going to set and her clothes were not yet dried. So Maui tied together Tei Lei leaves and made a rope, then with this Tei Lei rope he lassoed the Sun and kept it from setting for a 24 hour period so that his mother clothes could dry. This story is linked to Maui’s largest inactive volcano, Haleakala (House of the Sun).
From the Hawaiian Islands the sun would have remained in the late afternoon position for 24 hours. Which coincides with mid day (11-1230)in Israel, and late morning (10-11) in Saxon Germany according to the time differences. I think one tale should suffice to say that the event was not just a local event in that it was seen around the world by different groups at different times preserved in myths and legends of a 24 hour night and a 24 hour sunrise or as in Hawaii a 24 hour late afternoon, and in Israel as a 24 hour mid day.
Having shown two examples of the historical Solar/Lunar event that took place as found recorded in the Bible and in Hawaiian Mythology, I think it is safe to assume that if there was a purpose for this disk it quite possibly would be a Saxon Tribe’s record of this major Solar/Lunar Event that that they observed during on of their most sacred of holidays, that took place between 1500-1400BC.
Another point is the positioning of the star cluster known as Pleiades. Observations of the Pleiades star cluster help us to know where and what this star cluster looked like about that time. The past moon phase mapping shows a 24 hour gap in the rotation or the earth. It would seem the near 24 hour stopping of the moon and sun’s rotation around the earth is the only answer because if it had not taken place the moon and sun would not be in a different location as they are found in the Lunar phase mapping via computer models today. In short the moon and sun’s rotation that is missing for almost 24 hours circa late summer early fall 1448BC, and the only conclusion is something stopped the rotation of the sun, moon and stars. This evidence give us more reason to believe the Disk was made in order to preserve a special Solar-Lunar Event that had occurred at that time.
Also, recent computer models of the Pleiades show that the positioning on the disk in it’s current view are completely inaccurate and models of the time period of 1500-1450BC show the Pleiades as they are pretty much today and only off by a few degrees. Take a look at the computer model below and about center will be the time for the position and shape of the Pleiades cluster in 1448BC.
So what is wrong with the depiction of the Pleiades as found on the Nebra Sky Disk?
Well it is the positioning and alignment of the Pleiades as found in the current view of the disk above. While the disk radiocarbon dates around 1500-1400BC the problem is the positioning of the Pleiades Star cluster on the Nebra Sky Disk, it seems to be in juxtaposition as they would have been seen, then and now. To solve this positioning problem one need only to turn the Disk upside down from its current view above to the one below, and you get a much better representation of the true shape and arraignment of the star cluster of Pleiades. Simply take the above picture and rotate 180 degrees to view the disk correctly now the Pleiades star cluster are in almost the exact position as they are seen in the night sky today as well as back circe 1500BC.
Once the position is correct you can learn from the record on the disk it is of late Summer or early Autumn between Sept and October between 1500-1400BC. The two golden arcs on each side of the disk represent the angular distance between sunrise and sunset at midsummer and midwinter at the latitude. These are the extreme points of the Solar Solstice , as the Sun and Moon spiral up and down from North to South as they circle the Earth. the center of the arch’s represent the Solar Equinox’s. Notice that the Sun and Moon are in direct line with the Equinox this particular one is the Autumn or Fall Equinox. Pleiades is a little to the south at that time of year as it is seen today from Saxon Germany, not a little to the north as seen on the disk when placed in the position most believe to be correct.
While the current view by Archeologist is that the golden arch is a boat traversing the heavens. I believe that the Arch is a golden rainbow which is the side of the north, also known as the Glassy Sea, it is described in the Holy Bible (Ezekiel 1:22;10:1 and Revelation 4) to be Crystalline Water or the top of the Firmament(Gen1:6-8) upon which sits the throne of God. With the arch to the top it signifies the direction by which the disk should be viewed and represents the North. Remember these people did not have a compass by which to know the direction of the north this disk would need to have that info on it so they would know where this took place in the sky viewed from their perspective.
Once the disk is viewed correctly the disk reveals that the waning crescent Moon, not a waxing crescent moon as in the first picture which would be to the East but a waning crescent was located during the day slightly to the West and the Sun slightly to the East sometime between 10-1130AM. Meaning the position of Pleiades was slightly to the south as it would have been that night, if night had fallen. The positioning of the Pleiades was added to give the correct time of year (the season) seeing the Pleiades are slightly North in Winter and Spring and slightly South in Summer and Autumn. If we compare this to the Holy Bible recording of the event, the Nebra Sky disk records exactly how the Sun and Moon remained in the Sky for almost a 24 hour period hence the reason for the overlapping of the night and day sky as depicted on the disk.
the Waxing moon as seen in the first picture would put the moon to the east and the sun to the west which of course would be wrong but once inverted the waning crescent falls right into place. There is no reason for the Saxons to have made just a shield or disk of a normal Sun Moon cycle, the question really comes down to why did they choose to depict this crescent moon and sun on the disk in the first place? And of Course the purpose here is to suggest it was because of this extraordinary event that had taken place.
I believe that the Nebra sky disk is a Saxon record of a special Solar/Lunar event which backs up the Holy Scriptures record of Joshua’s longest day. This would have been a phenomenal event to the Saxon’s as it coincided with the religious festival associated with the harvest, Halegmonath (“holy month” or month of offerings”, September), during the Autumn Solar Equinox, this made the event of utmost importance to the Saxons religiously and deserved a more permanent remembrance, thereby the creation of the disk to be worn on the breast of their High Priest, Chief or King during their religious holiday. I believe also that the disk had been buried or hidden by the priest to keep it out of the hands of warring marauding rival tribes of that era. Hence it was preserved for us today and is a support of Biblical accuracy.
What makes this postulation reasonable is that once you correctly position the disk it accurately supports the Radiocarbon dating that places the disk to be buried some time around 1500BC, and it accurately portrays the position and alignment of the Pleiades, the Sun, Moon and Stars as they would have been seen from that time period, it also supports the Biblical record of Joshua’s Longest day and is also recorded in numerous myths and legends around the world.
But most importantly this event was of significant religious importance to the Saxon Tribe that created the Disk. The Longest day (night) the earth has ever seen, had occurred during one of their most sacred of religious ceremony’s the Halegmonath during the Fall Equinox, and what better way to remember and pass on from generation to generation this great Solar/Lunar event than to record it upon a plate that now is known as the Nebra sky Disk. A disk that could be looked upon and remembered for ages to come.
In conclusion, the Nebra sky disk is of Biblical importance in that it supports the historical accuracy of Scriptures as found in Joshua 10:12, 13. If our Holy Bible is accurate then we have reason to trust in the rest of God’s Word’s, and that means we can put our trust in the God of the Holy Bible. God is all powerful and he is able to answer the prayer of a man, as he did with Joshua and still does today.