The Summer of 1947
The summer of 1947 was an amazingly eventful moment in human history, in more ways than one.
In June of 1947, a French scholar named Jean Doresse discovered the importance of 52 books, referred to as the Nag Hammadi Codices, found in December of 1945 in a cave in upper Egypt. These books were allegedly hidden by early followers of Jesus Christ, called Gnostics, nearly 2,000 years ago. Gnostics (gnosis is a Greek word meaning inner knowledge or insight) were considered heretics and persecuted by orthodox Christians.
These books included: the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, the Apocryphon of John, and the Gospel of Truth. Also in this collection were writings attributed to early followers of Jesus Christ, such as the Secret Book of James, the Apocalypse of Paul, the Letter of Peter to Philip, and the Apocalypse of Peter.
Also in the summer of 1947, 15,000 fragments from 500 manuscripts were discovered in 11 caves on the shore of the Dead Sea, about 13 miles east of Jerusalem. These are known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Fragments of every book in the Old Testament (except the Book of Esther) were found. Prophecies by Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Daniel, plus psalms attributed to King David and Joshua, not found in the Bible are written in the scrolls.
According to scholars, the Dead Sea Scrolls were written by the Essenes (a strict apocalyptic Jewish sect that dwelled in the wilderness) between 200 B.C and 68 A.D. The Essenes were led by a priest known as the "Teacher of Righteousness" who was opposed (and possibly killed) by the established priesthood in Jerusalem.
On June 21, 1947, an airplane pilot named Kenneth Arnold spotted what he described as "flying saucers" over Mt. Rainier in Washington. The term "flying saucer" soon became part of the English language. Over the next few weeks, hundreds of reports of flying saucers appeared in newspapers across the USA.
On July 4, 1947, several witnesses, including an older couple sitting on their porch, an archeologist and his students on a field trip and two nuns changing shifts at a local hospital saw an object late at night "come in out of the north-northwest sky at a very high rate of speed" near Roswell, N.M., and crash into the earth.
This unidentified object was spotted on Army Air Force radar and an armed unit was dispatched to the area.
Sometime thereafter, during the daylight, Mack Brazel discovered a large amount of unusual debris scattered over his ranch near Roswell. He informed the local sheriff who informed the Army Air Force Base in the area.
On July 8, 1947, Major Marcel, intelligence officer of the 509th Bomb Group at the Roswell Army Air Field, released a statement to the press that a flying disk had been recovered from a ranch in the Roswell vicinity. The recovered debris was flown to "higher headquarters" where it soon disappeared from the radar screen altogether.
The official explanation, by General Ramey of the Army Air Force, was a weather balloon. Apparently, an intelligence officer and numerous witnesses were unable to distinguish between a balloon and a metallic saucer.
No big deal. Now we can all sleep better at night knowing our government isn't keeping any secrets from us.
In the summer of 1947, Jews began returning to their ancestral homeland, from Europe and Russia, to form a new state named Israel (officially recognized in 1948). The United Nations set up partitions for Arabs and Jews.
In the USA that summer, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball; Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier; construction began on the U. N. building in New York; and the minimum wage became a dollar an hour.
The ever-expanding federal government created the Atomic Energy Commission, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Council, the Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. One wonders how much of this "defensive" buildup, following a world war, was related to a perceived UFO threat.
It was quite a remarkable coincidence that significant holy scriptures were discovered in the Middle East and UFO activity became intense during the same short span of time. Or perhaps, it wasn't a coincidence at all.
The summer of 1947 wasn't much different than the summer of 2007. The human race is still populated by morons and maniacs who demand conformity to their way of life. But at least we can watch it all on TV now.
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Bret Burquest is an award-winning columnist and author of four novels. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.