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Joseph A. Seiss




    The Great Pyramid of Egypt.

    JOSEPH a: SEISS, D.D.,

    Pastor of the Churcli of the Holy Communion, Philada., Pa.,



    ' 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.



  • Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1877,


    In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D, C.




    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


  • 4 PREFACE.

    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

    and understand.

    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

    Diagram, ,.,.


    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.



    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.



    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.



    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


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