The Art and Technology of Ancient Man
"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.” Ecclesiastes 1:9-11
The Fall of Man
In I Kings 3:12, Solomon, who was given a wise and understanding heart more than any man refers to the ingenuity of ancient man. In Solomon’s time, some cultures had achieved maximum capacity of their intellect, and he emphasized that there was nothing new to discover. Many cultures would reach a level of technology that we would now consider amazing, but as the civilization disintegrated this technology would be lost to those cultures coming behind. For example, the mathematical concepts used in engineering the Great Pyramid of Giza are not even understood today.
Historically speaking, a pattern is revealed connecting the moral climate of a civilization with its technology. Apparently, as a people move toward depravity, their ability to achieve full use of their intellect declines. Complexity does not equal technological superiority. Often, the simplest solution is best.
Psalms 8:5 states, "For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor."
The Hebrew word used for angel is Elohim which is the plural usage for God. We can safely assume that when God made man he was endowed with 100% use of his mental and physical abilities (at least before the fall). Science has discovered that man only uses about seven to eight percent of his brain capacity in the course of his life.
Examples of man’s previous technological abilities are found in the Scriptures.
"... Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and the organ (pipe) ... Tubal cain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron:...". Genesis 4:21&22
The Sumerian Harp is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. It dates back over, 500 years and is a magnificent piece of workmanship. (Sumer was the first kingdom that was started after the flood).
"For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to search of their fathers: for we are but yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon the earth are a shadow:". Job 8:8&9
"With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding." Job 12:12
Job is believed by many to have lived about 200 years after the flood and probably knew Noah and/or Shem.
“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond...” Jeremiah 17:1
Here is evidence that 20th century man was not the first to use diamond-tipped iron cutting tools.
Signs and Wonders of the Ancients
In 1936, while excavating the ruins of a 2,000 year old village in Mesopotamia, workers discovered a small earthenware vase. A copper cylinder was suspended from the mouth of the vase through its center. An iron core was inserted into the cylinder and this apparatus was sealed with a copper disk. When grape juice was poured into the vase electricity was produced. This is one example of how ancient man developed electricity. Electroplated relics have been found that date as far back as 2500 BC. Contrary to common belief, Benjamin Franklin actually re-discovered electricity while flying his kite.
In 1898, a bird-like object dating 200 BC was found in a tomb near Saqqara, Egypt. In 1969, Egyptologist Khalil Messiha came across a box at the Cairo Museum marked "bird objects". This box contained the figure discovered in 1898 that we now know as a glider plane. Experts found that this 1.11 ounce glider made of sycamore, incorporated aerodynamic design and was able to fly.
This airplane has the exact proportions of an advanced “push glider”. A push will stay aloft almost by itself and a small engine will keep it going at low speeds (45-70 M.P.H), even with a heavy payload. This ability is dependent on the curious tipped down wing shape. A similar curved wing design has been implemented on the Concord which gives the plane maximum lift without detracting from it’s speed.
In 1992, a hieroglyph resembling a helicopter was found in the temple of Abydos. This is believed to have existed during the time of Seti I (19th Dynasty 1300 BC).
Egyptians were not alone in their knowledge of flight. Ancient writings reveal that the Indians, Chinese (dating back to 2,000 BC), as well as the Greeks, also knew the principles of flight. In the pre Columbian world of the Sinu culture which pre dates the Incas, a two-inch object was found which was aerodynamically sound and resembled a delta-wing jet. Thus, is there any new thing under the sun?
Skulls examined from the Inca nation reveal their knowledge of the medical art of brain surgery. Evidence indicates that their surgeries were successful because of new bone growth at the surgical site. In other words, their patients lived through the procedure. On the other side of the world the Egyptians also practiced this medical art with success.
Ancient Advanced Technology
The wreckage of a Greek merchant ship, that laid beneath the eastern Mediterranean for nearly 2,000 years, contained a box with different sized gears that, upon examination, turned out to be a computer. This computer was used for imitating the past, present and future movements of the sun, moon, and planets.
The Saqqara Plane
South American Jet
These are just a few of the artifacts that support the Bible’s claim that man was created in the image of God and was given a highly intelligent mind. It was because of pride that led to man’s fall.