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.