Scientist discovers the origin of the Manna rained down on the Chosen People during the Exodus.
Homer's Odyssey was treated as ancient fiction, bearing little or no relationship to the facts of ancient history until German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann rediscovered Troy using the text in 1871 and 1873. While the self-taught archaeologist was not accurate as to which of the several layers of remains actually dated to the time of the Iliad and Odyssey the Homeric tradition turned out to be dead right on the location. The Bible's accuracy has also been questioned. Such seemingly obviously invented stories as the parting of the Red Sea to allow God's Chosen People to escape Egypt and Manna falling from the sky to sustain them on their 40 year journey into what we now know as the land of Israel are usually poo-pooed, or explained as allegorical.
Most Americans today accept the Bible as a text that is more mythology than fact. As Dr. Sagan once said: “Outrageous claims require outrageous proof.” Many of the stories in the Bible seem simply impossible.
But the claim of a long time researcher on the science behind of the existence of Manna is changing that. This researcher, an astrophysicist with an impressive and unusual resume, has made his case with proofs that no one ever expected to see. The proofs include actual Manna and the equipment he used to produce it.
Also explained is the seven day interval for the Sabbath, the Pillar of Cloud, and the Pillars of Solomon. During our interview Franklin provided answers to several questions long asked about the role Moses played as the Israelites wandered in the wilderness.
The scientist, named August Franklin, not only says he can explain what Manna was, he produced the pearly white substance that possesses the characteristics ascribed to Manna. Many inferences are given in the Old Testament that associate Manna as Gold in a sacred and perfect white form. In the Bible the word “bdellium” is used to describe the appearance of Manna. Manna is described as, pearlescent and having the appearance of tiny grains - something like coriander seed. His explanation fits together with a logic that is compelling.
Interviewed for this article, Franklin relayed the points of his theory and produced the proof – first to be viewed in his hand, where the grains did indeed look like pearl coriander seeds with a heavy emphasis on the pearl, and then baked into a loaf of bread that was different than this reporter had ever tasted. As the loaf was consumed August Franklin spoke further.
“The Israelites had no name for the grains of material that fell from the sky that they then, on the orders of Moses, gathered to eat. The word, “manna,” actually means, “It is What is it?” for they had no name for it at the time.
Franklin went on to reiterate a few well known facts on the principals in the story. For instance, every school child knows that Moses, born to a Jewish mother, was found abandoned in the reeds of the Nile and adopted by a daughter of Pharaoh. As a child of the royal house Moses would have had access to knowledge that would have been denied to other Israelites. Egyptian science guarded by the priesthood and was well advanced from that of the Israelites, who were essentially still in a farm culture embedded into Egyptian culture as a slave class and the bakers, millers, tailors and all the stations that served the Egyptian ruling families.
As an adopted grandson of Pharaoh, Moses was automatically a high priest of Ammon. the word Ammon means ' the hidden.” The family of the pharaohs were considered to be semi deities themselves. He therefore had access to the ongoing work at the various temples and would have been trained in the work going on there and such things as scheduling. Purification and smelting of precious metals went on at various temples routinely and onsite at the desert mines and Moses would likely have known about those operations.
Having the privileges of the royal house, even as a minor member, it is actually astonishing that Moses evidently became a champion of Israelites, but the Bible says this happened and that Moses fled Egypt, taking up residence in the desert and marrying. He was living as shepherd when, according to the Bible, he encountered the Burning Bush that called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land, returning to Egypt to free them.
Franklin, who said he has exhaustively studied the Bible and all existing texts relating to the High Priests of Ammon, who were in charge of all work relating to gold, studied the Egyptians and Persian kings and the smelting technologies then in use. Fires in such facilities were stoked day and night to ensure that the heat reached the required temperature and to save fuel. The mines were in the desert and fuel was made from making charcoal from the local shrubs and plants. The clouds of smoke by day evidently reflected the glowing charcoal fires by night making the "pillar of cloud."
During the time of Ramses a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night was associated with gold and precious metals smelting operations at Mt. Sinai and the surrounding area. The Egyptians were in charge of the mining at Timna with a workforce of Negebites and Midianites at what would later be called the Pillars of Solomon.
Also according to the Bible, Exodus 3:1 - “Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.”
According to Franklin, “Manna is an ionic form of gold like it is found in stars. It is life giving and sustaining when eaten in a form that provides a metabolic pathway into the cells.” Franklin accounts for the production of Manna as a byproduct of the smelting of gold, saying, “Gold was vaporized during active smelting operations that were ongoing in the Sinai during the Exodus. Atoms of gold, when sent aloft, cool. Water molecules form around airborne particles to form raindrops that fall from the sky - like manna did. In a moisture laden weather pattern, Ionic gold particles will be brought out of the sky as a rain containing atomic gold particles from the vapor cloud.