THE NATURAL GENESIS

 

NOTES TO OPENING SECTION

[1] [Francis Bacon, Novum Organum, xc. 'Again, in the customs and institutions of schools, academies, colleges, and similar places of resort, set apart as the abodes of learned men, and for the cultivation of erudition, everything is found to be hostile to the progress of knowledge. For lectures and exercises are so disposed, that it does not easily occur to any one to think or meditate on anything out of the customary routine. And if one or two have perchance the boldness to exercise liberty of judgment, they must undertake the task by themselves, for they will gain no advantage from union with others. And if they can endure this, still they will find their industry and liberality no slight impediment in reaching fortune. For the pursuits of men in places of this kind are confined to the writings of certain authors, as if they were prisons; and if any one dissents from them, he is straightway seized upon as a turbulent man, and one desirous of innovations.']

[2] [Massey's own words, date uncertain, as per the following quotes.]

[3] [Ditto.]

[4] [Faust, pt. 1, Night. 'Aye marry, what ye call know,
    but then Who to the child can fit the name securely?
    The few who aught thereof have known or learned,
    Who their hearts' fulness foolishly unsealed,
    And to the vulgar herd their thoughts and dreams revealed,
    Men in all times have crucified and burned.' Latham's tr., p. 34 of London, 1900 ed.]

[5] [Massey's own words, date uncertain, as per the following quotes..]

[6] [Ditto.]

[7] [Ditto.]

[8] [Ditto.]

[9] [Source.]

[10] [Taylor, The Diegesis, p. 61. 'This admission of the great ecclesiastical historian (than whom there is no greater), will serve us as the Pythagorean theoremthe great geometrical element of all subsequent science, of continual recurrence, of infinite applicationever to be borne in mind, always to be brought in proofpresenting the means of solving every difficulty, and the clue for guiding us to every truth. "Bind it about thy neck, write it upon the tablet of thy heart"EVERY THING OF CHRISTIANITY IS OF EGYPTIAN ORIGIN.'
Rev. Robert Taylor wrote this book in Oakham jail after being sentenced for blasphemy charges. It is a very important work in the Masseian canon and can be read in full here.]

[11] [Plutarch, Of Isis and Osiris, ch. 36. 'It is easy to show that this fabular relation borders also upon the verity of physical science. For the Egyptians call the wind Jupiter, with which the parching and fiery property makes war; and though this be not the sun, yet hath it some cognation with the sun.']

[12] [Wis. 6:22. 'What wisdom is, and how she came in to being. I will tell you; I will hide no secret from you. From her first beginnings I will trace out her course, and bring the knowledge of her into the light of day; I will not leave the truth untold.' NEB version.]

[13] ['When I was giving a course of twelve lectures in Boston, America, a person of considerable culture said to me, 'I wish you would lecture about the constellations; I care little about the sun and moon and the planets, and not much more about comets; but I have always felt great interest in the Bears and Lions, the Chained and Chaired Ladies, King Cepheus and the Rescuer Perseus, Orion, Ophiuchus, Hercules, and the rest of the mythical and fanciful beings with which the old astronomers peopled the heavens. I say with Carlyle, "Why does not someone teach me the constellations, and make me at home in the starry heavens, which are always overhead, and which I don't half know to this day."' From Proctor, Myths and Marvels of Astronomy, p. 331.]

[14] [Mishpatim, 2.'RABBI SHIMON SAID TO THEM, friends, the time has come to reveal some hidden mysteries concerning incarnation.']

[15] [Talmud Cod. Pesachim, f. 50, 1.]

[16] [Massey's first intention was to publish the second two volumes of A Book of the Beginnings under the same title, but had second thoughts and termed it The Natural Genesis. In essence the second volume set is nothing more than a continuation of the first, whereas Ancient Egypt can be seen as a recap of these four volumes as well as an extension of the main themes proposed by them. The index, which was originally intended to be included at the end of these two volumes, supports this notion as it was meant to include comprehensively all four. The plan was subsequently dropped, unfortunately, with only an index for NG. I have, for that reason, compiled a General Index for all the volumes.]

[17] [This can be seen as Massey's way of including himself in the same category as these major theorists, yet undoubtedly he absorbs all their views and takes them further. By the time of his death in 1907 his full exposition, based on their theories, would reach its apotheosis in Ancient Egypt, the culmination of his lifetime's work.]

[18] [See Murdock's Christ in Egypt, who briefly discusses the reception of Massey's work by noted authorities.
The relevant section can be viewed here: http://www.stellarhousepublishing.com/who-is-gerald-massey.html.]

[19] [Huxley, 'Professor Huxley on Political Ethnology,' Anthropological Review, 7-8 (1869), p. 202. 'But, just as the Celtic language has been lost in Cornwall, while the proportion of Celtic blood remains unchanged, so the Iberian blood has remained, although all traces of the language may have been obliterated. I believe it is this Iberian blood which is the source of the so-called black Celts in Ireland and in Britain.' See full text.]

[20] [Source.]

[21] [Champollion, L'Egypte sous les Pharaons, vol. 1, pp. 297-8. 'Dans les environs de la grande ville de Schmoun, se trouvait un lieu nommé [Coptic], ainsi que celui  dont nous avons parlé ci-dessus. Terôt reçut le surnom de [Coptic], à cause de sa situation dans le voisinage de cette capitale de nome. Il est fait mention de [Coptic] dans un fragment thébaîn publie par Zoega. Il ne faut pas confondre ce lieu avec un autre nommé aussi [Coptic] et situé sur le Nil, au midi de Schmoun.']

[22] [Pliny, Natural History, bk. 4.16. Actually, Philemon is cited in bk. 4.13 of the Loeb Classic Library edition, and verse 95 of the Latin text (Philemon Morimasusam a Cimbris vocari, hoc est mortuum mare, inde usque ad promunturium Rusbeas, ultra deinde Cronium). 'Philemon says that the Cimbrian name for it is Morimarusa (that is, Dead Sea) from the Parapanisus to Cape Rusbeae, and from that point onward the Cronian Sea.' Pliny gives no title by Philemon.]

[23] [Ex.12:37. 'And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.']

[24] [Here, Massey's summation of his own work and its scant reward or notice is at least self-fulfilling, for his ideas would not readily be accepted until another fifty years after his death. His zeal never flagged, and his work and subsequent exhaustion took him to a grave with the safe knowledge that his will had been fulfilled.]