Where a Planetary Bolt Struck the Ground
by Immanuel Velikovsky
The Immanuel Velikovsky Archive
in the change in Jupiters motion the cause of great catastrophes
in the solar system which affected also the Earth in the age of
the patriarchs, or at the close of the Old Kingdom. In that period
Jupiter became the supreme deity, having removed Saturn from its
orbit. Classical historians, speaking of the destruction of the
Cities of the Plain, told of fire from the sky. Tacitus
narrated that the catastrophe of Sodom and Gomorrah was caused by
a thunderbolt the plain was consumed by lightning"
and he added: Personally I am quite prepared to grant
that once-famous cities may have been burnt by fire from heaven.
(1) Also Josephus asserted that the
cities had been consumed by thunderbolts. (2)
Philo wrote that lightnings poured out of heaven, (3)
destroying the cities.
time of Abraham was the period of Jupiters domination that
followed Saturns and preceded that of Venus, we are led to
the surmise that the thunderbolts which destroyed the plain with
its cities originated from Jupiter, or from a magnetosphere or ionosphere
overcharged by the nearby presence of the giant planet. Even today
discharges leap between Jupiter and Io, one of its satellites. The
charging of the Earths atmosphere in the presence of Jupiters
huge magnetosphere prepared the way for a discharge: a planetary
bolt struck the ground in the Valley of Sittim.
For a long
time I thought that the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and other
cities of the Plain resulted from an interplanetary discharge caused
by Jupiter: classical historians speaking of this event told of
fire from the sky. The period was that of Jupiters
era of domination that followed that of Saturn and preceded that
of Venus; and reference to the king and high priest Malki-zedek
("My King is Zedek, Zedek being the usual name of the planet
Jupiter), in the days of the patriarch Abraham and of the destruction
of Sodom and Gomorrah, seem to support my interpretation of the
agent of the catastrophe. This very catastrophe caused the origin
of the Dead Sea and also of the entire African Rift that extends
from north of the River Jordan all the way through two thirds of
the length of Africa. But, reading in 1960 of a reference to Professor
Agrest, a Russian astronomer who thought that an atomic explosion
had taken place, I saw some alluring points in it. If, as Prof.
Agrest seems to assume, the three angels were extraterrestrial beings
that followed Abraham from Mamre to Sodom and placed a time device
in Sodom, the warning to Lot and his family to leave the place and
not to turn their faces to the city they soon would flee, finds
some parallels in the atomic age.
of the first atomic explosion at Alamogordo, New Mexico were told,
as was Lot and his family, not to look at the fission, but the wife
of Lot looked; she may have been blinded in the legend she
turned into a pillar of salt.
the observers were impressed, actually overwhelmed, by the tremendous
light effect, even with their eyes closed. Next rose a pillar of
smoke as if from a furnace (Genesis XIX: 28): Abraham looked
toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and towards all the land of the plain,
and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke
of the furnace.
If the time
of the event is asked to be determined, I would strongly question
the implication that extraterrestrial visitors came to Earth as
late as the end of the Old Kingdom of Egypt, for this is the time
to which the age of the Patriarch Abraham belongs and on
this I would expand somewhere else.
Yet we are
left with my original idea that goes back to the early forties
that the agent of the destruction was a bolt from Jupiter, or from
the magnetosphere or ionosphere, overcharged by the nearby presence
of the giant planet.
V. 7, transl. by K. Wellesley (London, 1964).
Jewish War IV. 480.
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