a star or planet described
in Mormon scripture. Reference to Kolob is found in
the Book of Abraham, a work published by Latter Day Saint
(LDS) prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. According to this
work, Kolob is the heavenly body nearest to
the throne or residence of God. While the
Book of Abraham refers to Kolob as a "star". Could this be evidence
that regressive ETs are manipulating religion?
>The Book of Abraham
1 "And I, Abraham, had the Urim and Thummim, which the Lord my God had
given unto me, in Ur of the Chaldees;"
And I saw the stars, that they were very great, and that one of them
was nearest unto the throne of God; and there were many great ones
which were near unto it;"
3 "And the Lord said unto me: These are
the governing ones; and the name of the great one is Kolob,
because it is near unto me, for I am the Lord thy God: I
have set this one to govern all those which belong to the same order as
that upon which thou standest."
>What the word "Kolob" means.
Michael D. Rhodes in his "The Joseph Smith Hypocephal...Twenty Years
Later" at page 8, suggests that "The word most likely derives from the
common Semitic root QLB, which has the basic meaning of "heart, center,
middle" (Arabic qalb "heart, center"; Hebrew qereb "middle, midst",
qarab "to draw near"; Egyptian m-q3b "in the midst of"). In fact, qalb
forms part of the Arabic names of several of the brightest stars in the
sky, including Antares, Regulus, and Canopus." Nibley also favored this
view, and given Nibleys tremendous influence it has probably been the
most widely held position historically. However from my research I have
come to the conclusion that the etymology surrounding the star Kolob in
this instance is wrong and more likely is that the star Kolob is to do
with the Dog star AKA Sirius.
>The other common theory, held to by John
certain other LDS scholars, and which I myself favor, sees Kolob as
deriving from the Semitic root KLB "Dog," which is an allusion to
Sirius. Both anciently and today Sirius was known as the "Dog" star, or
more technically in astronomical terminology, Alpha Canis Majoris
(which means the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, or
the "Bigger Dog").
>Arabs called Sirius Al Kalb al Jabbar. The word Kalb in Arabic
dog and is very close to the word Kolob
>According to Burnhams celestial handbook (Burnham 1906), Sirius
known to the Assyrians as Kal-bu sa-mas (the Dog of the sun) and in
ancient Babylonian Kakkab-lik-ku (star of the Dog). In Chaldea the Dog
star was called Kak-shisha (the dog that leads) or du-shisha (the
director). The words for Dog in ancient languages are very similar to
the word Kolob which makes me draw the conclusion that the star Kolob
is to do with the star Sirius.
>The etymology for "Kolob" is open to debate, for sure. The most
striking feature to me was how "Kalbu Shamash" who was a setting sun
god and a Sumerian god of the Dog star. The Sirius identification
rationalizes this in my mind. "Kalbu Shamesh" is very close to the word
Kolob. From my research into the god "Kalbu-Shamesh" I have drawn the
conclusion that this particular gods symbols represent Canis Major
where the Dog star is.