Sphinx Head Recarved — I Knew It!

Posted By on August 2, 2010

After skimming a little of the internet, I realize that I am not the only non-professional observer to look at the massive lion body of the Great Sphinx and conclude that the “puny” little “pharaonic” head does not match.

Egyptologists have clung to the conventional, nationalistic view that the head of the Sphinx is that of Pharaoh Khafre (or in Greek Kephren or even Chephren) who reigned 2520-2494 BC of the Fourth Dynasty, and who is connected to the “Second Pyramid” of the Giza Plateau. Khafre is listed as second following Khufu (Cheops) who is connected with the Great Pyramid.

In our original research for TCFB, we concluded that the traditional outline of Egyptian history is faulty, that many older representations of the damaged Sphinx head were female, and that some researchers, including British astronomer Sir Norman Lockyer, believed the Great Sphinx to originally portray the female head of Virgo (representing the Virgin Mary) on the lion body of Leo (representing Jesus, the Lion of Judah). According to that viewpoint, the circular Zodiac begins with Virgo and ends with Leo. We will blog and write in much more detail concerning these subjects.

We knew that researcher John Anthony West believed that the Great Sphinx is much older than the traditional dating, and that he suspected weathering on the body by water, and not just wind and sand. For us, that revived an intriguing question of our own: Was the Sphinx carved after, or before, Noah’s Flood? And, yes, after decades of research, we are firm believers that the evidence for a worldwide flood is undeniable.

West convinced Robert M. Schoch, a student of ancient history and a member of the science faculty at Boston University, with a doctorate in geology and geophysics from Yale, to analyze the possibility of water erosion of the Sphinx. Schoch was skeptical. However, after three trips to Egypt, detailed research, and a seismic study, Schoch came to the following conclusion:

The oldest portions of the Sphinx were originally carved not in the reign of Khafre, circa 2500 B.C., but much earlier, somewhere between approximately 5000 and 7000 B.C., according to my best estimates. Since then, the original Sphinx has been heavily repaired and restored, both in ancient and modern times, and the pharaonic head is a recarving of an earlier one.

Schoch’s book was published in 2005, but we just recently purchased it as we dig back into our own research. We might disagree with his dating estimates, but we are inclined to agree with his conclusion about the water and the recarving of the head!

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