About the Author and History in
About the Author
Peter Salmon has written several books, including two personal finance self-help books: Kill Off Your Debt—and LIVE! and Personal Finance 101: What Every High School and College Student Needs to Know About Personal Finance.
In his first published novel, The Emerald Tablet, Peter Salmon has drawn upon meticulously researched ancient knowledge that has not been in common human memory or teaching for hundreds of years. Using historical backdrops from the time of Alexander the Great, ancient Egypt, the Dark Ages and the Middle Ages, he weaves an intriguing, exciting tale of deception and betrayal. The ancient texts cited in The Emerald Tablet, the Nag Hammadi Library, The Apocryphon of John, the Gospel of Thomas, and the Trimorphic Protennoia, to name a few, are actual texts that were in common circulation before and after the time of the Christ.
Much of this material is controversial because it calls into question teachings of the last 1800+ years, and asks you to suspend judgment and think for yourself on issues presented. He asks you to take all knowledge with a grain of salt, and form your own opinions from your own reading and research.
Peter Salmon enjoys life in Northern California with his wife.
About the Organizations and History in The Emerald Tablet
Alexander the Great did cross what was then called the Libyan Desert after spending many months around Cairo and the Nile delta region. Historical writings state why, but there are still questions as to the reason he felt he needed to make the long, perilous journey hundreds of miles across treacherous deserts to the Oracle of Amun-Re--and then back to Cairo. He could have gotten the answers he sought from any number of oracles around Cairo.
Cambyses II did lose an army of 50,000 in the Sahara Desert trying to destroy the temple of the Oracle of Amun-Re, as Pliny wrote. The sudden sandstorm that wiped out the army is blamed on an unclean hand touching a sacred stone in the temple of the Oracle.
Much ancient knowledge has been lost over the millennia, either by accident, intention, or ignorance. No one knows what knowledge has been lost or forgotten. Schools do not teach the same curriculum that was once taught, old knowledge gets supplanted by new, and new discoveries change our knowledge of the world around us.
Alexander reportedly burned most of the Library of Babylonia down in a drunken stupor. The Great Library at Alexandria was accidentally burned down by Julius Cesar in 48 BCE when he set fire to his ships in Alexandria harbor. A “daughter” library held copies of most documents destroyed, and many were replaced. The Great Library was sacked by the Arabs after Egypt was conquered by the army of Amr ibn al 'Aas around 642 CE. That army reportedly built cooking and heating fires from the papyrus books and scrolls from the library for a period of six months or more. There is no telling what knowledge was lost to mankind through those acts of accidents and ignorance.
Theodosius I brought about the destruction of many so-called pagan temples and their libraries, and made Nicene Christianity the official state church of the Roman Empire. For those unaware, the First Council of Nicaea convened in 325 CE in Nicaea, Bithynia (present-day Iznik, Turkey). This was a council of Christian bishops who laid down what was to be taught by the church—and what was not to be taught. This Nicene Council settled the so-called “Trinitarian” issue of the nature of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit; the construction of the first part of the Creed of Nicaea (Nicene Creed); the calculation of the date of Easter; and development of early church law (canon law). Note that all of this was done by humans with a particular agenda.
If you want to learn more about the Emerald Tablet, there is information on the Internet about it. That knowledge is incomplete, and colored by perception—both ancient and new.
If you want to learn more about the Nag Hammadi Library, again, perform a search on the Internet for sources.
If you want to learn more about the gospels that are not part of the canonized version of the bible, search on the Internet for sources.
Many of the organizations that play a role in this book are real—and mainly used fictitiously. The Council of Ten in Venice, Italy was created in 1310 and remained in power in that powerful, wealthy city-state until almost 1800. Or, are they still in existence today, wielding power behind the scenes and making hundreds of billions of Dollars, Euros, Yen and Yuan (Ren Ming Bi, or RMB) as financial and other markets are manipulated?
Remember to take what is found on the Internet—for that matter, from all knowledge sources—with a grain of salt. Know that the meaning of words have changed over decades, centuries, millennia—the meaning of what you read in today’s word usage is very likely much different than what the words meant and how they were used in centuries and millennia past. What was once “common knowledge” is no longer such. The “winners” write history and many times it is to please those placed in power.
Know, too, that every person who has not conquered their ego filters the world through the colored prisms of their learning, experience, and ego. I would not recommend blindly following what any one source, or many sources for that matter, state (since they may have been resources for each other), but to ponder carefully the information you find and put it in the context (as much as possible) of the times in which they were written.
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