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In the Beginning

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In the Beginning is the unpublished book by Immanuel Velikovsky describing the catastrophes that occurred before those described in his first book, Worlds in Collision. Velikovsky's former assistant, Jan Sammer, notes:

".. parts of this volume were already complete in the 1940s and originally formed part of Worlds in Collision. The present manuscript also incorporates material written for a volume entitled The Test of Time, which dealt with the new information on the planets coming from the space probes, and contained frequent allusions to the earlier catastrophes;"[1]

Velikovsky writes that the manuscript:

"... describes the cosmic events which are narrated in the first book of the Hebrew Bible; but also because in it I speak of events that preceded those described by me in Worlds in Collision — thus the name of the book conveys to the reader the notion that here is an earlier history of the world compared with the story of Worlds in Collision; although it is the second volume in that series, in some sense it is the first volume, being the earlier story."[2]

Contents

  • Introduction
PART I: THE EARLY AGES
  • The Hebrew Cosmogony
  • Planet Ages
  • Sabbath
  • Deification of the Planets
  • Uranus
  • The Earth Without the Moon
  • A Brighter Moon
  • The Worship of the Moon
  • The Pre-Adamite Age
  • Giants
  • Nefilim
  • Astronomical Knowledge Before the Deluge
PART II: SATURN AND THE FLOOD
  • Deluge
  • William Whiston and the Deluge
  • Deluge and Comet
  • Khima
  • Saturnian Comets
  • Saturn and the Deluge
  • The Light of the Seven Days
  • Nova
  • "Star of the Sun"
  • Arrival of the Waters
  • The Deluge in Rabbinical Sources
  • Hydrogen and Oxygen
  • The Origin of the Oceans
  • Saturn the God of Seeds
  • The Worship of Saturn
  • Seventeen
  • Festivals of Light
  • Saturn and Jupiter
  • The Rings of Saturn
  • Saturn's Golden Age
  • Rainbow
PART III: MERCURY AND MEMORY
  • The Confusion of Languages
  • Mercury
PART IV: JUPITER OF THE THUNDERBOLT
  • The Overthrow of the Cities of the Plain
  • The Age of the Dead Sea
  • The Great Rift and the Jordan
  • The End of the Early Bronze Age
  • Zedek
  • The Change in Jupiter’s Motion
  • The Worship of Jupiter
  • Jupiter of the Thunderbolt
  • Where a Planetary Bolt Struck the Ground
  • The Origin of Nitrate Deposits
  • The Transmutation of Oxygen into Sulphur
  • Jupiter, Gold and the Birth of Athene

Notes

  1. Jan Sammmer, "A Technical Note" to Immanuel Velikovsky, In the Beginning, unpublished. Online at the Velikovsky Archive
  2. Immanuel Velikovsky, "Introduction", In the Beginning, unpublished. Online at the Velikovsky Archive

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