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Why is humanity dying? It is now one hundred years since the Great Awakening, and the human race is finally colonizing the world with new settlements and centers of commerce. Reu-Nathor, High Minister of the Citadel, announces an expedition to explore their new world, and Peleg is commissioned as Chief Cartographer aboard the Urbat. Peleg's core beliefs are challenged and his sense of reality is undermined by the new cultures and tremendous tragedies he encounters during his twelve-year voyage. But he has also been given a secret mission to discover the answer to the one question that no one dares to ask aloud: Why is the human race dying? What he discovers forces Peleg to re-evaluate all he has ever known-and also provides him with staggering revelations that will determine the eternal destiny of the entire human race The Days of Peleg is an action-filled, yet thought provoking epic which combines the enigmas and mythologies of ancient civilizations with the intrigue of hard science fiction. Issues as diverse as origins, linguistics, and phenomenology are concealed within an exciting narrative that boasts diverse characters embarked on an unimaginable journey. You will never think of ancient man in the same way again. The Days of Peleg provides an exhilarating yet entertaining look at who we once were-and who we may one day become.
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Studio: Outskirts Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.98" Width: 9.01" Height: 1.4" Weight: 2.03 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2007
Publisher Outskirts Press
ISBN 1598008099 ISBN13 9781598008098
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multi-genre work of true enlightenment Jul 13, 2008
This epic novel is at once a hybrid of top class science fiction and Biblical/historical fiction. It is full of action and adventure while also a philosophical work with a deep spiritual message. It traces the exploits of Peleg, a descendant of Shem and an ancestor of Avraham Aveinu, the founder of the Hebrew Nation. Peleg lives in Babylon where he is commissioned by Reu-Nathor, High Minister of the Citadel to be the Chief Cartographer of the Urbat, which is to explore the world to look for the source of life. The Urbat travels to such exotic locations as the Pacific coast of South America where they encounter the pre-Inca peoples, Antarctica, West Africa where they encounter the Fulani and finally come across a settlement known as the Haganah inhabited by the community monotheists, persecuted by Sargon (Nimrod) as 'Gutians'. Haganah is the Hebrew for defence and this community serves as the defence of the creed of the true G-D, Yaweh. They are ruled by Noah's son Shem, who teaches Peleg (who is his descendant) about the onew G-D Yaweh, and the seed or Zerah that will produce the Messiah. Where I (As a Jew) digress form the author is the idea that the Zerah will be born from immaculate conception i.e without a father, which in my opinion destroys the idea of the seed, but I respect the author's theology.) Peleg defies Sargon's daughter Innana, on whose character many ancient female deities where modelled such as Aphrodite in Greece Shing Moo in China, ,Astarte in the Levant and Hecate in central and northern Europe, except in Arabia, where she was changed into a male deity known as Allah on whom the Islamic god is modelled. Innana's pagan theology represents what today takes the shape of post modernism/secular humanism and aspects of the New Age movement, based around a hatred of the concept of Yaweh. Through a rich, colourful and exciting narrative the author outlines his view of creation and the truth that there is a creator. He draws on Christian and Jewish hagiography including the Jewish Midrash, as well as ancient Sumerian legend. Seldom has a work, which at least partially falls into the Science Fiction genre, reflected such a strong theological and philosophical base.
The end of the book takes us to the time of Abraham and his battles with the five kings, to rescue his nephew Lot, followed by his historic meeting with the King of Shalem (later Jerusalem) Melchizedek. According to this account Shem is buried in the caves of Amud in Israel. The book is an important defence of the Judeo-Christian world view in a most unusual way. Slowly from seeming at the beginning more in the Science Fiction class, the pieces fall into place as a religious and historical work. In some ways it is reminiscent of CS Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia in it's use of science fiction fantasy to spread the word of G-D.
Shirley Roe, Allbooks Review recommends this one Jun 4, 2008
Title: The Days of Peleg
Author: Jon Saboe
Take a spoonful of history, mix it gently with some science fiction, add three tablespoons of ideology, a believable hypothesis, a dash of religion and a very large imagination and you have Jon Saboe's The Days of Peleg. Difficult book to categorize because the author has taken a sci/fi plot but instead of placing it far in the future, it is set in Ancient Mesopotamia. Our protagonist, Peleg has been chosen by Reu-Nathor, High Minister of the Citadel to take part in a great expedition. Six ships will travel the world exploring new countries, new cultures and some very different belief systems. Peleg is the Chief Cartographer on the ship, Urbat and will be gone for twelve years. He is a master of language and his linguistic skills are put to excellent use. He was given not one mission but two: Not only is he to explore and prepare maps of the new colonies but his secret mission is to discover: Why the human race is dying? In an age where most people live to be three, four or even five hundred years old, why now are they starting to degenerate and die at one hundred and fifty or younger? Sometime in every man's life, his beliefs and values are challenged but Peleg experiences more than a mere awakening. To say he finds himself is an understatement. He is shaken to his very core of reality, or reality as he knows it. He spends twelve years on a journey of strange colorful characters, foreign tongues, odd and almost unbelievable customs and monstrosities. When the journey is done will he return home or is his fate and the fate of his descendents changed forever? Jon Saboe received his Masters Degree from Johns Hopkin's University and currently lectures on Information Theory and Intelligent Design. The Days of Peleg is an adventure, a voyage into self and a mind opening experience. The addition of the appendix helps with strange and unusual names and nouns. Well written with excellent research and vivid descriptions making this a highly recommended read. Reviewer: Shirley Roe, Allbooks Review.
AllBooks Reviews May 8, 2008
From the introduction: "Modern researchers in archeology (and to some extent, anthropology) are currently trapped in a self-imposed dilemma as they attempt to explain or rationalize the growing number of `out-of-place artifacts' (collectively known as 00PARTS) that are constantly being discovered-both in archeological digs and in ancient writings." This is an interesting opening for me to read forward to see where we go from here.
The character, Peleg, is to begin a twelve year journey of discovery to find trade routes or other people with an assortment of shipmates and friends. What will he discover about trade routes and people? How will it affect him? Will all of them make it back to home port? This story will answer these questions. One can see ramifications of dogma and its effect on people when the dogma is challenged.
Jon is a Network Administrator and Web Developer for a medical company. He and his wife re-side in Baltimore, Maryland. Besides his work, he is also a concert pianist, and avid chess player, and studies jiu-jitsu. He lectures in area schools on Information Theory and Intelligent design.
Although a work of fiction, there are many things that are taken from history and myth that are handled in a fictional manner in this book. If you have ever read or studied history or the Bible, you will note references to Sumerian, and slight references to Greek, and Egyptian mythology set in a fictional tale that is well written. I found this book to be an interesting historical fiction with some compelling references to many of the world cultures and religious philosophies we adopt today. I found references to biblical events without being preachy or presenting anything other than the event in the storyline. For me, although a good read, I can only give it a slightly above average read for most readers.
Couldn't put it Down Apr 14, 2008
The Days of Peleg combines action, adventure, mystery, science fiction, and deep theological questions which seek to be answered, into one "can't put this down" book. From the start I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Anyone who would like a fiction novel that makes them think, The Days of Peleg is for you.
A Worthy Read . . . Mar 17, 2008
. . . and one which thoughtfully examines an unusual premise. Even if one disagrees with the premise (or would state that premise in a different manner) this book offers a unique perspective. I greatly appreciate the author's kindness in providing me with a signed copy.
NOTE: I am deliberately trying to AVOID "Spoilers"
"The Days of Peleg" is a novel of huge scope and ambition. In the eyes of this reviewer, Mr. Saboe does a very good - but in some places, not quite outstanding - job of fulfilling this ambition. It is obvious that the author has drawn on many sources, in both the Jewish and Christian tradition, and has integrated the plot of the story well into both what we know of the history of the times and in the chronologies of Genesis. I also see arguments which would have been clearly understood by St. Augustine, by St. Thomas Aquinas, and by C.S. Lewis, among others. (Indeed, St. Thomas proposed an "Argument from Design" for the existence of God.)
The novel begins about 100 years following the Tower of Babel. The lifespan of humanity is growing dramatically shorter, and ships are sent out to explore the unknown to determine if a reason for this decline can be found. Peleg, mentioned in Genesis as a direct descendant of Shem, signs on as a chief cartographer for one of the vessels. During his 12 year voyage, Peleg encounters many societies and civilizations all originating back to diluvian times. He returns home to discover that many things can change in 12 years! In the fourth and final section of the book, attention is shifted toward Abram, Peleg's great++ grandson and his early adventures. All in all, several main characters are fleshed out rather well, especially Peleg, his friend Serug, Inanna, and Shem.
However, there are a couple of fairly gaping plot holes - at least to my way of thinking. The author has a annoying habit of dropping characters completely out of sight - even well-developed characters. I don't want to spoil the novel, but this does happen several times - in the end, to the great detriment of the story. Also, the suggestion that the cult of Inanna, which becomes the cult of Ishtar, became the foundation for virtually every female moon-cult or fertility cult throughout the world is, for me, anthropologically stretching it a bit.
Finally, just as an end thought, I found it interesting that the author has repeatedly used non-canonical Jewish and Christian material to provide background and backstory for this novel. In so doing, however, there is one tradition common to both early traditions, which was neglected. This tradition suggests that Shem and Melchizedek were one and the same person. Such was the belief of some of the Early Church Fathers, and such was the belief of some of the rabbis, who, in the 1st Millennia of the Christian era, identified the two as being the same individual in preparing the commentary in the Targums, which go so far as to suggest that indeed it was also Shem/Melchizedek with whom Rebekah consulted prior to the conception of Esau and Jacob. Certainly not a major point, but one which did interest me.
Again, overall, a worthy effort. This book should profitably be read by persons on all sides of the Genesis debate.