Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Great Grandson of Noah

Fernando de Montesinos was a Spaniard who apparently belonged to the Jesuit Order. He spent 15 years in Peru, acting as a secretary, judge, inspector, and cleric. While there he engaged in intensive historical research that resulted, in a three volume work entitled Ophir de Espana or Memoriuas Antiguas Historiales y Politicas del Peru.

His story of the Inca varies considerably from the other major Spanish chroniclers, especially in its narrative of Peruvian dynasties who ruled Peru before the Incas. He also relates to the ancient writing skills of the Peruvians, and that the Peruvians history was interlocked with the Bible and that they descended from Ophir, the great grandson of Noah—something that discredited the value of his work in the eyes of scholars when the volumes were first published in 1840 (Montesinos’s Memorias Antiguas y Historiales del PerĂº). For an exciting understanding of Ophir’s connection to the Brother of Jared, see my book “Who Really Settled Mesoamerica?”

Not until Juha Hiltunen’s work in 1999, 150 years later, was the first volume on Montesinos’ works and historiogrpahys, suggesting there may be considerable validity to Montesinos account and the first large scale document to use ethnography, archaeology, and palaeonlinguistics.

According to Montesinos, the Incas were dynastic latecomers who settled in Cuzco and took their ideas of government from earlier cultures. New findings from the Chokepukio site in the Cuzco Valley lend support to Montesinos’ account. For further information about the Tiwanaku-kings and the Montesinos narrative and list of Peruvian kings, see my book, “Lehi Never Saw Mesoamerica.”

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