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Optical Delusions

Earlier I said that Morey spent five illustrations to prove that in the ancient world the Moon-god was worshipped everywhere outside Arabia. Although these illustrations are irrelevant to our study of the history of the Moon- god in Arabia, I am interested here in how Morey's illustrations are not always what they are chiseled out to be!

I refer to page 3 of Morey's book. This page contains two illustrations. I was able to locate an illustration similar to the first one, and an exact copy of the second in a book The Ancient Near East: A New Anthology of Texts and Pictures, edited by James B. Pritchard, 1975, Princeton University Press. Morey had implied that these are illustrations of the Moon-god. However, Pritchard and his group of scholars know differently. What resembles the first illustration is catalogued #140 in Vol. 1 by Pritchard.

But here it is not a Moon-god but a Storm-god. The second illustration is catalogued #136 in
Pritchard's Vol. 1. But this too is not a Moon-god of any kind. It is "Baal of Lightning." That's two out of five. Again and again what I am able to check turn out false. Is it me or is it Morey? Or is it Pritchard? I don't think so. An exact copy of the second illustration is found also in The Bible As History in Pictures, p. 206, and there it is identified as Baal of lightning. In the book Tells, Tombs and Treasure, an exact copy appears on page 118. There it is called Baal of Storm.

The book Archaeology of The Bible shows an exact copy on page 80, and calls it the Storm God Baal. Morey is alone against all the scholars, and against all the evidence.

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