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1. Jeff Goulding wrote at 06.10.2008 - 2:33pm
I have been asked what prompted me to set my first novel in Cornwall – apart from the obvious fact that it was where I lived and where I sat and wrote the book.

The answer is that “Legacy of the Sphinx” is a story about two highly unusual characters who understandably fall in love with the natural beauty of their surroundings; and almost inevitably with each other, despite their respective vocations, as a result of finding themselves together in such an environment. How they cope with that experience and their incredible discoveries beneath the landscape of North Cornwall – both form the basis of the story.

Cornwall therefore, is both a credible place for the historical events that form the background to the story to have taken place; and the perfect setting for two people to fall in love.

It was the subject of their investigations however – a reason for two such characters being here together, at all – that led me to embark on the research into a background for the story which demands that it be as credible as possible.

It was never my intention to cast doubts on any of our traditional beliefs. As my research progressed however, I found not fewer questions about Moses and the Ark of the Covenant which he used to such effect, being raised in my mind, but more – more than I could ever answer.

And after taking more than a year to research as many sources as I could find on the subject of the Exodus and the events surrounding it, what it came down to in the end was : “Did Moses possess ancient knowledge, since lost to us and only now being re-discovered by modern science and a new understanding of ancient history?”

Because, even using modern equipment and logistics, and employing highly trained SAS personnel, the journey that Moses undertook would be quite impossible today. So how then, could the story told by the bible, possibly be true?

I would be most interested to hear the views of anyone who wishes to post to the Delabole.com website, which I view often and always makes me wish I had never had to leave.

(But, please don’t tell me that the whole of the texts relating to the Exodus are allegorical, or mere fable – there are way too many, well-authenticated references to it for that to be true.)

Jeff Goulding, October, 2008
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2. Michael Goulding wrote at 30.09.2008 - 3:31pm
We all know the story of Moses – but even using modern equipment and logistics and trained SAS personnel, this journey would be impossible today. So how could the story of the Exodus possibly be true?
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The question then being – “Did Moses possess ancient knowledge, since lost to us and only now being re-discovered by modern science?”
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