- Publisher: Bear & Company
- Format: Hardback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 158mm x 228mm x 28mm | 581g
- Publication date: 23 July 2009
- Publication City/Country: Rochester
- ISBN 10: 0939680882
- ISBN 13: 9780939680887
- Edition: 1, New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Illustrations note: Ill.
- Sales rank: 100,270
Over the years, startling evidence has been unearthed, challenging established notions of the origins of Earth and life on it, and suggesting the existence of a superior race of beings who once inhabited our world. The product of thirty years of intensive research, The 12th Planet is the first book in Zecharia Sitchin's prophetic Earth Chronicles series--a revolutionary body of work that offers indisputable documentary proof of humanity's extraterrestrial forefathers. Travelers from the stars, they arrived eons ago, and planted the genetic seed that would ultimately blossom into a remarkable species...called Man. The 12th Planet brings to life the Sumerian civilization, presenting millennia-old evidence of the existence of Nibiru, the home planet of the Anunnaki, and of the landings of the Anunnaki on Earth every 3,600 years, and reveals a complete history of the solar system as told by these early visitors from another planet. Zecharia Sitchin's Earth Chronicles series, with millions of copies sold worldwide, deal with the history and prehistory of Earth and humankind. Each book in the series is based upon information written on clay tablets by the ancient civilizations of the Near East. The series is offered here, for the first time, in highly readable, hardbound collector's editions with enhanced maps and diagrams.
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Zecharia Sitchin (1920-2010), an eminent Orientalist and biblical scholar, was born in Russia and grew up in Palestine, where he acquired a profound knowledge of modern and ancient Hebrew, other Semitic and European languages, the Old Testament, and the history and archaeology of the Near East. A graduate of the University of London with a degree in economic history, he worked as a journalist and editor in Israel for many years prior to undertaking his life's work--The Earth Chronicles. One of the few scholars able to read the clay tablets and interpret ancient Sumerian and Akkadian, Sitchin based The Earth Chronicles series on the texts and pictorial evidence recorded by the ancient civilizations of the Near East. His books have been widely translated, reprinted in paperback editions, converted to Braille for the blind, and featured on radio and television programs.
"Read this book to see from a perspective not often offered. Read it to expand your picture of our tiny existence. And beyond that, just enjoy the theorizing and information provided. There are few places that you can find such a compilation."
A heavyweight entry into the booming fictional-scholarship market that traffics in Bermuda Triangles, gods from outer space, pyramid power, and the like. The game is fill-in-the-gaps: where professional knowledge stops and mysteries persist, the fearless rush in with literal-minded, all-embracing explanations. Religion and myth once held sway in this realm, but since their apparent rout by scientific method, enterprising speculators have been producing skeleton keys to unlock the ancient teachings' true sense. Sitchin, a zealous private investigator into man's origins, plays the game splendidly, making von Daniken look like a piker. A clever writer, he's mastered the pretenses of scholarship: a crush of evidential texts and pictures, obscure German sources, translating coups, maps, charts, complex calculations, arcane information, etc. His domain is the ancient Near East, the cradle of civilization, and he claims to prove that Homo sapiens was created there by ancient astronauts who first rocketed to earth 445,000 years ago from a twelfth planet, which orbits into our universe every 3600 years. The Old Testament and other Near Eastern texts provide the detailed codes for discovering how our universe was constituted and how these "gods of Heaven and Earth," emissaries of the twelve planet-gods, recurrently visited earth and caused such sudden bursts of advanced civilization as Sumer. As preterite science fiction, it's a dazzling performance. (Kirkus Reviews)
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ARCHAEOLOGY / HISTORY Special large-format edition, lavishly illustrated with maps, diagrams, and photographs Weaving the story of humanity's origins by means of archaeology, mythology, and ancient texts, Zecharia Sitchin documents extraterrestrial involvement in Earth's history in The 12th Planet. Focusing primarily on ancient Sumeria, he reveals with awesome precision a complete history of the Solar System as told by the Anunnaki from Nibiru, a planet that orbits close to Earth every 3,600 years. The 12th Planet is the critical sourcebook on these ancient astronauts--how they got here, when they came, and how their technology and culture have influenced humankind for thousands of years. "Exciting . . . credible . . . most provocative and compelling. The 12th Planet presents documentation for a radical new theory which, by answering some age-old questions, merely widens the ripples in the pool. (As the author notes, "If the Nefilim . . . created Man on Earth, who created the Nefilim?") --Library Journal "One of the most important books on Earth's roots ever written." --East West magazine "For thousands of years priests, poets, and scientists have tried to explain how man was created. . . . Now a recognized scholar has come forth with a theory that is the most astonishing of all." --United Press International
Dear Reader, The Earth Chronicles series is based on the premise that mythology is the depository of ancient recollections, that the Bible should be read literally as a historic-scientific document, and that ancient civilizations were the product of knowledge brought to Earth by the Anunnaki-- "Those who from Heaven to Earth came." Complementing each other and serving to bring the saga of gods and humans on Earth ever closer to our time, each book of the series looks at this awesome tale from a different perspective. The 12th Planet, the first book of the series, brings to life the Sumerian civilization and presents millennia-old evidence of the existence of Nibiru, the home planet of the Anunnaki, and the landings of the Anunnaki on Earth every 3,600 years. The Stairway to Heaven, the second book, incorporates ancient Egyptian evidence to show that the gateway between the mortal and the divine was a spaceport in the Sinai Peninsula, with the Giza pyramids and the Sphinx serving as beacons for the landings. The Wars of Gods and Men, the third book, additionally embraces Canaanite, Hittite, and Hindu sources to include in these investigations the incidents of the Tower of Babel and the upheaval of Sodom and Gomorrah, concluding that nuclear weapons were used on Earth 4,000 years ago. The Lost Realms, the fourth book, transports readers to the pre-Columbian civilizations and ancient empires of the Americas, revealing hitherto unrecognized golden links between ancient Near Eastern civilizations and the "cities of the gods" of the Olmecs, Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas. When Time Began, the fifth book, explores ancient knowledge of Heaven and Earth and the interwoven cycles that gave rise to astronomy, the zodiac and astrology, and stone calendars such as Stonehenge, revealing the secret of New Ages past and future. And The Cosmic Code, the sixth book in the series, explains how the secrets of humankind's celestial teachers were encoded in the Bible and other sacred and hidden "books"--a cosmic code that links Earthlings to their cosmic roots. In the years since each book was published, new scientific discoveries have provided mounting corroboration of the series' incredible and unorthodox science-based conclusions. This accumulation of discoveries and the origins of humankind and the solar system are further discussed in the companion books Genesis Revisited and Divine Encounters. I trust that modern science will continue to confirm ancient knowledge. Zecharia Sitchin was born in Russia and grew up in Palestine, where he acquired a profound knowledge of modern and ancient Hebrew, other Semitic and European languages, the Old Testament, and the history and archaeology of the Near East. A graduate of the University of London with a degree in economic history, he worked as a journalist and editor for many years prior to undertaking his life's work--The Earth Chronicles. One of the few scholars able to read the clay tablets and interpret ancient Sumerian and Akkadian, Sitchin based The Earth Chronicles series on the texts and pictorial evidence recorded by the ancient civilizations of the Near East. His books have been widely translated, reprinted in paperback editions, converted to Braille for the blind, and featured on radio and television programs.