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A MIRACLE IN STONE:
The Great Pyramid of Egypt.
JOSEPH a: SEISS, D.D.,
Pastor of the Churcli of the Holy Communion, Philada., Pa.,
AUTHOR OF " LAST TIMES," " LECTURES ON THE GOSPELS," *' LECTURES
ON THE APOCALYPSE," " THE GOSfEL IN LEVITICUS," ETC.
' In that day shall there be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the landof Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord 5 and
it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the Lord ofHosts in the land of Egypt."Is. 19 : 19, 20.
PHILADELPHIA:PORTER & COATES,
822 CHESTNUT STREET.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1877,
Br JOSEPH A. SEISS,
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D, C.
CAXT05 PRESS OF SHERMAS * CO.
This book is meant to give a succinct comprehen-
sive account of the oldest and greatest existing monu-
ment of intellectual man, particularly of the recent
discoveries and claims with regard to it.
If the half that learned and scientific investigators
allege respecting the Great Pyramid of Gizeh be true,
it is one of the most interesting objects on earth, and
ought to command universal attention. It has beenunhesitatingly pronounced, and perhaps it is, "the
most important discovery made in our day and gener-
Simply as an architectural achievement, this mys-
terious pillar, from the time of Alexander the Great,
has held its place at the head of the list of " TheSeven Wonders of the World." But, under the re-
searches and studies of mathematicians, astronomers,
Egyptologists, and divines, it has of late been madeto assume a character vastly more remarkable. Facts
and coincidences so numerous and extraordinary have
been evolved, that some of the most sober and phil-
osophic minds have been startled by them. It wouldverily seem as if it were about to prove itself a sort
of key to the universea symbol of the profoundesttruths of science, of religion, and of all the past andfuture history of man. So at least many competent
persons have been led to regard it, after the most
thorough sifting which the appliances of modern
science and intelligence have been able to give it.
Particularly in Scotland, England, and France has
the subject elicited much earnest interest. Quite anumber of works and treatises, most of them volumi-
nous, costly, and learned, have been devoted to it, and
not without a marked and serious impression. St.
John Vincent Day, Fellow of the Eoyal Scottish
Society of Arts, member of sundry institutions ofEngineers, and honorable librarian ofthe Philosophical
Society of Glasgow, says :" A former published work on the subject, besides
one or two papers in the transactions of a scientific
Society, have of necessity brought me into contact withevery shade of opinion as to the various theories re-
specting the Pyramid, and the facts belonging to it. I
have thus been enabled, both by verbal and written
discussions and arguments, to ascertain the weight of
evidence on which theories, assertions, contradictions,
and alleged facts have been supported ; and I can
only state that in those cases where the Pyramid sub-ject has been examined into with a diligent spirit of
inquiry, that is with the aim of not merely strength-
ening preconceived notions or prejudices, but to evolve'
absolute realities, I have not yet met any one but whois more or less convinced by the modern theory.'^
Preface to Papers on the Great Pyramid, 1870.
In this country, the publications on the subjecthave been very circumscribed. A few tracts, shortpapers, review articles, or incidental discussions in
connection with other subjects^ is about all that hasthus far appeared from the American press. And asthe European books are mostly large, expensive, andnot readily accessible, comparatively few among ushave had the opportunity of learning what has de-veloped in this interesting field. A just resume ofthe matter, of moderate length and price, in plain andeasy form, would seem to be needed and specially inplace.
In the absence of anything of the sort, and with aview to what might in measure supply the want, thepreparation of the following Lectures was undertaken.How far the effort has succeeded, the candid readerwill determine. It has at least been honest. Per-suaded of the varied worth of the subject, the authorhas endeavored to be accurate in his presentations,and as thorough as the space would allow. For hisdata concerning the Pyramid he has been obliged torely on the original works of explorers, to which duereference is given. Though in Egypt in the latterpart of 1864, with a view to some personal examina-tions, a severe sickness, contracted in Syria and Pales-tine, prevented him from accomplishing the purposefor which he visited the land of the Pharaohs. Buthis interest did not therefore abate. In 1869 he gaveout a small publication on the Great Pyramid, andhaving tried to master and digest what has thus farbeen adduced by others, he now ventures a larger ex-hibition of the case as it presents itself to him. Theintricacies of mathematics and astronomy, so deeplyinvolved in these pyramid investigations, he has in-
b , PREFACE.
tentionally avoided, seeking rather to explain for the
many than to demonstrate for the few. He has con-fined himself mostly to descriptions and statements of
results, which he has sought to give in a way whichall readers of average intelligence can readily follow
If what he has thus produced is so far favored as
to promote a more general and deeper inquiry and
study into this surprising and most perfect monumentof primeval man, the chief object of the author will
have been attained. The interest awakened by theLectures at their oral delivery during the past winter,
and the numerous applications to procure them inprint, also encourage the belief that, with the notes
and amplifications since added, they may perchance beacceptable and serve a good purpose. With the hope,therefore, of thus contributing something towards the
furtherance of correct science, true philosophy, and a
proper Christianity, the author herewith commits
these sheets to the press, and to an appreciative andindulgent public.
Philadelphia, June 25th, 1877.
Preface, Page 3
and Christ, p. 120 ; The Pyramid and the Christian Dis-
pensation, p. 128; The Pyramid and Theology, p. 137;
The Pyramid and the Day of Judgment, p. 150; The
Pyramid and the Jew, p. 153 ; The Pyramid and Heaven,
p. 159 ; The Pyramid and the Spiritual Universe, p. 163;
The Pyramid and Jerusalem, p. 166.
ANALYSIS OF TRADITIONS, OPINIONS, AND RESULTS.
The Ancient Traditions, p. 172 ; More Modern Opinions, p.
178 ; The Tomb Theory, p. 180 ; Something more than aTomb, p. 185 ; Not a Temple of Idolatry, p. 192 ; Historic
Fragments, p. 194 ; Who was Melchisedec, p. 203 ; ThePrimitive Civilizers, p. 210 ; Job and Philitis, p. 217
Results, p. 221 ; Primeval Man, p. 227 ; Use of the Pyra-
mid respecting Faith, p. 231.
EXTRACTS FROM RECENT "WRITERS.
Rev. Joseph T. Goodsir, p. 233 ; J. Ralston Skinner, p. 238
Charles Casey, p. 240 ; John Taylor, p. 241 ; Prof. Piazzi
Smyth, p. 243 ; J. G., in Edinburgh Courani, p. 248.
" Every student who enters upon a scientific pursuit, espe-
cially if at a somewhat advanced period of life, will find not
only that he has much to learn, but much also to unlearn. As
a first preparation, therefore, for the course he is about to com-
mence, he must loosen his hold on all crude and hastily adopted
notions, and must strengthen himself, by something of an effort
and a resolve, for the unprejudiced admission of any conclusion
which shall appear to be supported by careful observation and
logical argument, even should it prove of a nature adverse to
notions he may have previously formed for himself, or taken
up, without examination, on the credit of others. Such an
effort is, in fact, a commencement of that intellectual discipline
which forms one of the most important ends of all science."
Sir John Herschel. .
"The fair question is, does the newly proposed view removemore difiiculties, require fewer assumptions, and present more
consistencj'- with observed facts, than that which it seeks to
supersede? If so, the philosopher will adopt it, and the world
will follow the philosopher."
Grove's Address to the British
Associationfor the Advancement of Science.
INDICATIONS ON THE DIAGRAM.
A, A, A, A, Corner sockets of tlie Pyramid's base.
B, B, B, Pyramid cut in half, viewed from the east.
C, C, C, Entrance passage.
D, D, First ascending passage.
E, E, E, The well.
F, The subterranean chamber.G, G, G, Native rock, left standing.
H, Horizontal passage to Qtieen's Chamber.
I, Sabbatic or Queen's Chamber.
J, Graud niche in Queen's Chamber.
K, K, Ventilating tubes to Queen's Chamber.
L, Grand Gallery.M, M, M, Rampstones, incisions, and vertical' settings along the sides of
Grand Gallery's base.
N, Great step at south end of Grand Gallery.
O, Granite leaf in anteroom to King's Chamber.
P, P, Anteroom to King's Chamber.
Q, King's Ch