Chapter 2: The Immortal Ancestors

…The short life of Alexander the Macedonian – he died at age thirty-three in Babylon – was filled with conquest, adventure, exploration; a burning desire to reach the Ends of Earth, to unravel divine mysteries.

…It was not an aimless search. Son of Queen Olympias and presumably of her husband King Philip II, he was tutored by the philosopher Aristotle in all manner of ancient wisdom. Then he witnessed quarreling and divorce between his parents, leading to the flight of his mother with the young Alexander. There was reconciliation, then murder; the assassination of Philip led to the crowning of Alexander when twenty years old. His early military expeditions brought him to Delphi, site of the renowned oracle. There he heard the first of several prophecies predicting for him fame – but a very short life.

…Undaunted Alexander set out – as the Spaniards did nearly 1,800 years later – to find the Waters of Life. To do so, he had to open the way to the East. It was from there that the gods had come: the great ZeusAphroditePoseidonAthena, who carried to Greece the olive tree from the lands of western Asia. There, too, according to the Greek historians, whose writings Alexander studied, were the Waters which kept one forever young.

The tales which enriched Alexander’s life are many, and several were the personalities he met.

…Was the episode of the Cave of the Gods – as the other episodes in the history of Alexander – pure fiction, mere myth, or perhaps embellished tales based on historical fact?

…Was there a Queen Candace, a royal city named Shamar, a world conqueror named Sesonchusis? In truth, the names meant little to students of antiquity until relatively recently. If these were names of Egyptian royal personages or of a mystical province of Egypt, they were as obscured by time as the monuments were obscured by the encroaching sands; rising above the sands, the pyramids and the Sphinx only broadened the enigma; the hieroglyphic picture-words, undecipherable, only confirmed that there were secrets not to be unlocked. The tales from antiquity , passed on via the Greeks and Romans, dissolved into legends; eventually, they faded into obscurity.

…It was only when Napoleon conquered Egypt in 1798, that Europe began to rediscover Egypt… Then, near the village of Rosetta… The key was found to unlock the language and inscriptions of ancient Egypt: its records of Pharaonic feats, the glorifications of its gods.

…There indeed was a Queen Candace. The hieroglyphic inscriptions (discovered later between 1912 and 1914) revealed, that at the very beginning of the Nubian kingdom, it was ruled by a wise and benevolent queen. Her name was Candace… And further south of Meroe, within this kingdom’s domain, there was a city named Sennar – possibly the Shamar referred to in the Alexander tale.

Sesonchusis, was known by various names, "Kosh", "Senusert", "Sesostris."

Sesonchusis did indeed exist. His Egyptian name meant "He whose births live." For, by virtue of being a Pharaoh of Egypt, he had every right to join the company of the gods, and live forever.

…The authors or editors of the histories of Alexander relate various incidents in which Alexander encountered Sesonchusis; Elijah and Enoch, or just Enoch. The incident of Sesonchusis could only be guessed, and the manner of his translation to Immortality is not described. Not so with Elijah – the companion of Enoch in the Shining Temple, according to one Alexander version.

…Of him, the Scriptures say that he did not die on Earth, for he "went up into heaven in a whirlwind…"

And it came to pass when the Lord
would take up Elijah into Heaven by a Whirlwind,
that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
And Elijah said unto Elisha:
"Tarry here, I pray thee,
for the Lord has sent me to Beth-El."
And Elisha said unto him:
"As the Lord liveth, and by thy life,
I will not leave thee."
So they went down to Beth-El.

And the sons of the prophets that were at Beth-El
came forth to Elisha, and said unto him:
"Knowest thou that the Lord will, this day,
take the master from above thee?"
And he said: "Yes I know it too, but keep silent."

…As Elijah and Elisha, who always refused to part from his master, approached the Jordan, plus other 50 disciples who stopped and stood apart;

And Elijah took his mantle
and rolled it together,
and struck the waters.
And the waters parted hither and thither,
and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.

…Once they were across, Elisha asked that Elijah imbue him with the divine spirit; but before he could get an answer;

As they continued to walk on and to talk,
there appeared a chariot of fire,
and horses of fire, and the two were separated.
And Elijah went up into Heaven,
in a Whirlwind.
And Elisha saw,
and he cried out:
"My father! My father!
The Chariot of Israel and its horsemen!"
and he saw it no more.

…The encounter with Enoch, which the histories of Alexander claimed for him, introduced into the Search for Immortality an "Immortal Ancestor" specifically mentioned in the Old and New Testaments alike, the legends of whose ascent to the heavens predated the Bible and were recorded in their own right.

Besides other writings which Mr. Sitchin mentions at this point in his book, there are:

…Various Christian writings throughout the centuries also contained similar hints or references, and as it turned out, there have in fact circulated since the second century B.C. several versions of a Book of Enoch. When the manuscripts were studied in the nineteenth century, scholars concluded that there were basically two sources. The first, identified as I Enoch and called the Ethiopic Book of Enoch, is an Ethiopic translation of a previous Greek translation of an original work in Hebrew (or Aramaic). The other, identified as II Enoch, is a Slavonic translation from an original written in Greek whose full title was The Book of the Secrets of Enoch.

…Here the story of the ascension of Enoch to Heaven is told, the encounter with the two beings who took him in their wings and placed him on the clouds and the clouds moved.

In the First Heaven he saw a very great sea, greater than the earthly sea.

The Second, was a gloomy Heaven.

In the Third Heaven "he was shown a garden with a goodliness of its appearance; beautiful and fragrant trees and fruits."

…In the midst therein there is a Tree of Life – in that place on which the God rests when he comes into Paradise.

…Going further up, to the Fourth Heaven, Enoch could see the Luminaries and various wondrous creatures, and the Host of the Lord.

…In the Fifth Heaven he saw many "hosts."

…In the Sixth, "bands of angels who study the revolutions of the stars."

…Then he reached the Seventh Heaven, where the greatest angels hurried about and where he saw the Lord – "from afar" – sitting on his throne.

…The two winged men and their moving cloud placed Enoch at the limits of the Seventh Heaven, and left, whereupon the Lord sent the archangel Gabriel to fetch Enoch into his presence.

…Written both as a personal testament and as a historic review, the Ethiopic Book of Enoch, whose earliest title was probably The Words of Enoch, describes his journeys to Heaven as well as to the four corners of Earth.

…"towards the north ends of Earth," he "saw there a great and glorious device." And he saw there, as well as at the western ends of Earth, "three portals of heaven open in the heaven" in each place, through which hail and snow, cold and frost blew in.

…And hence I went to the south to the ends of the Earth, and through the portals of Heaven there blow in the dew and rain. And thence he went to see the eastern portals, through which the stars of Heaven pass and run their course.

…But the principal mysteries, and secrets of the past and the future, were shown to Enoch as he went to "the middle of the Earth," and to the east and to the west thereof. The "middle of the Earth" was the site of the future Holy Temple in Jerusalem; on his journey east, Enoch reached the Tree of Knowledge; and going west, he was shown the Tree of Life. After many other stories about his travels and learning at the Heavenly Abode, Enoch was transported back to Earth to do some teaching, in hiding.

…But when the Deluge neared, he wrote down his teachings and advised his great-grandson Noah to be righteous and worthy of salvation.

…After that, Enoch was once again, "raised aloft from among those who dwell on Earth. He was raised aloft on the Chariot of the Spirits, and his ‘Name’ vanished among them."

Alexander took part in great battles… but he also traveled in Search for the Water of Life, or Fountain of Youth.

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Alexander fighting Darius or the Persians. A Mosaic from Naples.


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Aristotle, teacher of Alexander.


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Alexander came to Delphi, Greece.


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Ancient Cave of the Greek god Pan.


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It was Napoleon’s men who discovered ancient records when they found, in the sand near Rosetta, a Stone Tablet, which helped to unravel ancient history, Egyptian glyphs…


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Napoleon


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Findings of the Nubian Kingdom, Sudan, one of Alexander’s stops.


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A more recent discovery, a Coptic painting of Christ giving protection to a Nubian Prince.


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The largest site of the Kush civilization, burial Pyramids in ancient Meroe; Khartoum, Sudan today.


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A British commodity at ancient Sennar, Sudan.


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Sesostris I


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Sesostris I, and Ruins of Sesostris, who appear in Alexander’s tales.


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Beth-El, modern Bethel (above), and Jordan River Valley (below),the lands where the epic of Elijah and Elisha occurred. Alexander’s historian claims Alexander had an encounter with Elijah when searching for his ancestors.


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Continue to Chapter 3: The Pharaoh’s Journey to the Afterlife

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