Crombette: If the World only Knew
Fernand Crombette: Born at Loos-lès-Lille (France) on Septembre 24, 1880.
Died at Froidmont-lès-Tournai (Belgium) on November 13, 1970
A Vision of Creation and of the Antiquity according to Holy Scripture.
Born near Lille in 1880, Fernand Crombette was a scholar redolent of a different age. Self-educated, a solitary researcher confining his work to his study and the libraries, working for posterity, he sought neither to attract attention nor to be known. He rose early and worked without respite, seeming to want self-effacement, and only his work to be receive attention. In these too he wanted to remain anonymous simply signing them "a French Catholic". Quite a lesson in humility!... But what great works they are! Written entirely between 1933 and 1966, following a fulfilling adminstrative career, they encompass most contemporary disciplines. He casts on each of them the light of a remarkable intellectual synthesis based on his firm conviction of the scientific and historical inerrancy of the Bible.
Such a conviction, strange as it may seem to modern minds was a natural outcome of the discoveries that were bestowed upon Fernand Crombette to accomplish. The easiest way to understand it is in following the virtual genius of this work.
It all began with a painting, a composition on the theme of the Holy Women at the Tomb, that his daughter, Liane, a student at the School of Fine Arts at Lille, had to prepare. Wanting to help her with the historical reconstruction, Fernand Crombette was looking through the Bible, when he noticed the wording of verse 12 of Psalm 74 (Vulgate 73): "Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth". At this verse, which so many Christians must have read without particular attention, Providence, it seemed wished Crombette to pause. A thought entered his mind ; if what the Bible says is true, Jerusalem is at the centre of the world. He made up his mind to look into the matter. During his researches he discovered that Father P. Placet, a monk in 1668, had written a work entitled "The proof that before the Flood, there were no islands and that America was not separated from the rest of the world". Knowing also of Wegener's thesis on continental drift, he returns to the libraries (and towards the end of his studies, during the war 1939-1945, at the University of Grenoble) to find geological and bathymetric charts in an attempt to reconstitute the primitive single known to geographers as the PANGAEA.
Crombette's inspired idea led him to look below the present contours of the continents, which vary according to the sea level, to the extreme edge of the continental shelf at a depth of 2.000 metres, where the sea bed falls away in a sharp drop into the ocean depths of 4.000 metres. Sixty years later, sub-marine drilling have confirmed that the continental granite shelf, beneath the marine sediments, is, in fact, found at this point. The motivation for his research at such a depth was Bible-based because he took the cosmogenic thesis of Kant, according to which the "waters on high", separated by God at Creation, formed a water vapour ring around the earth which produced the forty days of great rain during the Flood.
Having formulated his hypothesis, Crombette worked for twelve years (1933-1945) reconstructing the primitive continent. The pieces of the puzzle included the rock beds and islands today scattered over the basaltic depths of the seas. He also showed the path taken by each continental mass to reach its present position. The result confounded all expectation. The single continent that emerged had the regular form of a flower of eight petals with Jerusalem at its centre. This work is presented in his "ESSAY ON DIVINE GEOGRAPHY".
The unique primitive continent reconstituted by Crombette. It has the shape of a flower with heigh petals of which center is Jerusalem.
It should be mentioned that this work did not start from Jerusalem, but from the Falkland Island and the tip of South America. Having completed the study, Crombette began to regard the Bible in quite a different way. In such a perspective, a question mark hovers over the incompatibility which exists today between the official chronologies of the history of Antiquity and Biblical chronology.
It was in 1830 that Champollion revised his initial estimates, and proposed a date for the earliest Egyptian dynasties going back to the sixth millenium before Christ, which was irreconcilable with the date of the Flood of 2348 BC, commonly held up to then. Crombette, since 1937 living in Tournai (Belgium), who had gone to the Queen Elizabeth Egyptological Foundation in Brussels to familiarise himself with hieroglyphics was not slow to question Champollion's method of deciphering them. The latter assimilated hieroglyphics to alphabetical writing, whereas pictographic or ideographic signs (as seen in China) existed before the alphabet was devised, and therefore obviated the need for one. The famous Rosetta Stone, Champollion's point of departure, presents a decree of the "Greek" Pharaoh PTOLEMY V Epiphanes [210-180 BC]. Its' hieroglyphics must logically translate the Greek text. The fact that some signs were chosen to produce the Greek letters of proper names phonetically, such as PTOLEMY and CLEOPATRA, in no way implies that this kind of transcription can be applied to common nouns, which existed in Egypt's ancient monosyllabic Coptic language before the introduction of an alphabet. The Rosetta Stone could therefore, not serve as a starting point for deciphering royal inscriptions of the Egyptian dynasties.
Crombette discovered that hieroglyphics can be read as Coptic pictographs for concrete nouns, and more generally, as a rebus, or representation, composed in ancient Coptic. Instead of constructing an unpronounceable and uncertain artificial language, as Egyptologists faithful to Champollion's method had attempted to do, Crombette learned to read the hieroglyphics directly into the language that has come down to our time through the writings of Arab linguists, as well as trough the Coptic community in Egypt, which still resists Islamisation.
It was on this basis that Crombette wrote "THE BOOK OF THE NAMES OF THE KINGS OF EGYPT" in fifteen volumes, later condensed into three and renamed "THE TRUE HISTORY OF ANCIENT EGYPT". A one volume edition is entitled "A CHRONOLOGY OF THE EGYPT OF THE PHARAOHS". The meticulous reconstruction of the geneology of all the dynasties reveals that Misraïm (Rê), the eponymous founder of Egypt, is no other than the eldest son of Ham (Amon), himself the eldest son of Noah. Also that the arrival of Misraïm immediately followed the dispersal of the peoples at Babel in 2197 BC. So in history, as in geography, the Bible provided the truth!
His result spurred him on to use the same method of rebus into Coptic for deciphering the hieroglyphs of neighbouring peoples who were ethnically, and therefore linguistically, linked to the Egyptians.
He wrote "LIGHT ON CRETE" in three volumes. The first king of Crete was none other than the son of the first king of the first Egyptian dynasty. The book give the chronology of the three Cretan dynasties and the history of each king. This was followed by the history of the Hittites: "THE TRUE FACE OF THE SONS OF HETH" in two volumes. It shows that the Hittites descended from Heth, the second son of Chanaan (2321-2121 BC.). Crombette deciphered the history of each Hittite ruler (in particular of those who gave Egypt the 15th dynastie, called the HYKSOS), up to the destitution of the 95th and last king of Djerablous, who was taken to Ninevah by the Assyrians in 717 BC. In passing, he discovered the origin of the Etruscan kingdom, the foundation of Athens by Cécrops in 1557 BC, of Argos by Agénor in 1552 BC, and of Thebes by Cadmus in 1493 BC. The presence of the sovereigns of the first Egyptian dynasties in Greek mythology can thus be understood: Chronos (Luhabim), Héra (Téleuté), Zeus (Ludim), Posseidon (Nephtuim), etc... Crombette's work on Egypt also provides the key to euhemerism. The Greek philosopher, Euhemerus, in the fourth century before Jesus Christ asserted, as did the Fathers of the Church later on, that myths are accounts full of imagery of historical events, and the gods and mythical heroes are simply mortal men divinised after their deaths.
Next, Crombette embarked upon a critical review of official prehistory, which had been falsified by evolusionism. After a long study of geology, and using ancient onomastics [the meaning of names] and toponymy [the study of place names], he wrote the history of the antediluvian patriarchs, and then the history of Noah's sons up to the division of lands after Babel. The combined histories in two volumes were entitled "PREHISTORICAL SYNTHESIS AND ASSYRIOLOGICAL SKETCH".
One day, whilst using his method to study a Cretan inscription, he found that it related the participation of the 31st king of the 1st dynastie of the country in the funeral of Jacob, Joseph's father. Shortly after, he found practically the same account in an Egyptian text which read :
"Whilst on the way to the Chief's hidden resting place, a marvellous event occured when the company reached the stage at the frontier [of Egypt], for the river, torrential, swollen and turbulent, had greatly overflowed its banks; but the Master of Heaven allowed the cortege to reach the opposite bank rapidly and without harm, through the action of the great prophet."
Now, Genesis, chapter 50, which relates Jacob's funeral, makes no mention of this prodigy. In this connection, Crombette wrote: "Hebrew such as we know it today is an inflected language called Semitic. Are we certain that the language used by Moses was also inflected and Semitic ?".
He recalled from Genesis that when Abraham, at God's command, went to the land of Canaan (Canaan was the brother of Misraïm, the founder of Egypt), he found himself with his tribe isolated in Hamite country. Abraham and his descendants were obliged to learn the Canaanite tongue. Isaiah says (XIX, 18) that the Hebrews themselves called their language Canaanite, a sister language of Egyptian (that Moses, raised at the Court of Egypt, used, and is preserved in the Coptic language).
Crombette then thought that a syllabic reading of Hebrew should be able to be understood in ancient Coptic. He, therefore, attempted a word by word translation of the passage from Genesis relating to Jacob's funeral. The fruit of his efforts was the following:
"And while, with religious respect Joseph, weighed down with grief, made his way towards Canaan, with a view to bring the funeral to Heth, the waters, swollen to their maximum degree, rose up against the marching cortege. But, at a true great word from him who exercised command over the funeral, the powerfully agitated waves ceased to flow, turned back, held themselves in repose and fell silent; and the considerable company proceeded beyond the waters of the torrent, which marks the limit of the heritage of the sons born to Rê (Misraïm), and bowed down before the "One who is substantially" and who is feared by the Hebrew from Heliopolis".
Convinced of the accuracy of his theory, Fernand Crombette undertook to translate the first eleven chapters of Genesis and other characteristic passages of the Bible. The translation entitled "THE REVELATION OF REVELATION" was published shortly before his death in 1970 (since out of print and not yet re-edited), is of unexpected richness. By supposing that the original language of the old Testament was Coptic, the original monosyllabic language of Moses, Crombette was able to discover a perhaps more precise method of translating the Bible. The translations he obtained, without in any way contradicting the theological and moral content of Sacred Scripture, gave greater detail of the historical facts it contains.
For instance, the curse upon Canaan, after Noah's drunkenness, is difficult to understand from the official translation since Ham seems to be the only one guilty. Crombette's translation, however, shows how Canaan was the cause of his own punishment. The question is not purely academic. Crombette explains how Pa-Ludjim (i.e. "those of Ludim", the Biblical name of Thot-Mercure) who became the Philistines (Palestinians), invaded the territory assigned to Heth, between Hebron and Gaza. They descend, therefore, from Cham, but through Misraïm.
The continuous text of the translation is entitled "A REDISCOVERY OF GENESIS".
In his encyclical "HUMANI GENERIS ", Pope PIUS XII: "stated that the first eleven chapters of Genesis ... come under the heading of history; in what sense it is for the further labours of the exegetes to determine".
Was not F. CROMBETTE one of these exegetes, called upon by this Pope who had already drawn attention to Biblical studies in "DIVINO AFFLANTE" ?
Having realised to what degree Revelation, translated by means of ancient Coptic, shed light on the observations of the secular sciences and gave a coherent and Christian vision of human history, he wondered if the judges of GALILEO, who had based their condemnation of the heliocentric system upon Scripture, were not in fact right. All the more so as the translations by Coptic of several Psalms describe, in the words of God, the different movements of the earth as being geocentric. Crombette, therefore, looked again at the reports of the two experiments of MICHELSON, first American Nobel price winner, who from 1887 to 1925 attempted to show the effect of the earth's movement in space, based upon the apparent speed of light. The experiments allowed a conclusion against the supposed movement of the earth around the sun. The result of Crombette's research on this subject is in two volumes: "GALILEO RIGHT OR WRONG ?"
Thus Jerusalem, the place where our Redemption was accomplished, is not only at the centre of the earth, as indicated in Psalm 74 (Vg 73), it is also at the centre of the world: The universe is not truly geocentric, but also Christocentric, due to the death on the cross of Christ, a fact which should not surprise readers of the New Testament. Saint Paul says as much: "For in Him [Christ] were all things created in heaven and on earth ... all things were created through Him and for Him".
If the World Only Knew
by Noël Derose
At the end of his researches, Derose discovered that Coptic (the language of the Egyptians, and thus of Moses) could help towards a better understanding of the Bible. From that came a translation, by means of Coptic, of the first eleven chapters of Genesis - considerably enriching our knowledge of the history of the first men, from Adam down to the descendants of Noah. This book is a 'must read' !
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This work of Fernand Crombette is undoubtedly one of the key texts to orient oneself in the history of Ancient Egypt. In the only volume of Crombette's 14 egyptological works thus far available in English, the reader finds, among many very interesting and revelatory chapters, those in which Crombette explains the various modes by which the Egyptian scribes wrote dates. It is beginning from these that a true chronology has been able to be deduced and which has made it possible to establish the exact position of each Egyptian dynasty and pharaoh. Crombette, with his own method of reading the hieroglyphics, has won this wager. His method is that of the solution of the rebus with his homophonic reading in monosyllabic ancient Coptic. In this reading, each word can represent a name, an adjective, a verb, etc... The reader who wishes to dedicate himself to this method can very soon become accustomed to it by taking examples from the word-for-word translations that are found in this and Crombette's other works. The various chapters of the present work are the following: * The chronological elements of the Egyptians; the different divisions of time they used. * The multiple scientific hypotheses on the subject of the chronology and the errors that they contain. The circumstances of the institution of the Sothiac calendar. The Zodiac and horoscopes. * A study of the Stone of Palermo. * The Egyptian dates. * The 30 year Jubilees and the Anniversaries. * The life and death of the Sothiac calendar. * The chronological summaries in the form of tables of all the Egyptian dynasties, as Crombette has deduced them from his research and studies of the various cartouches and inscriptions. We have no doubt that this book will aid enormously in re-thinking the true history of Ancient Egypt.
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French scholar Fernand Crombette died unknown in Tournai, Belgium in 1970, leaving behind 38 volumes and two atlases. Only portions are yet available in any language. His “Essay of the Divine Geography” is the first available in English. His model of the Pangean earth is a pains-taking reconstruction using the puzzle pieces of today's continents, islands, and underwater banks. The result of this meticulous work is, to say the least, surprising; the reconstructed earth is a beautiful figure, symmetrical: a blooming rose. Making it still more remarkable is that the circumference of this rose is not taken from the current sea level, but by taking account of the marine situation prior to the Deluge. It reveals prevalent theories of plate-movement and mountain-building orography to be little more than fairy tales. Besides for the masterpiece that is his finished and beautifully reconstructed puzzle of the Pangean earth, the following topics are also covered: the relationship of the Falklands and meridional Africa; the various dispositions of the Cordillera of South America, the primitive position of the Dekkan peninsula, the formation of the peri-Himalayan chain, the true nature of the tectonic movements of Arabia, Sinai, Syro-Palestine, Asia Minor and Egypt; the Italo-African relationships, the fractures of Europe, notably those of Hungary, Russia, and the Alps; the volcanic chain, the lakes and other fractures of North America; the lands engulfed in the Atlantic; the vast movements that have opened the secondary seas and narrowed the Pacific Ocean; the causes of the particularities of the marine depths. These vistas - of which the greater part constitute true revelations - are only a portion.
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Fernand Crombette has thus succeeded in giving back to our secularised and materialistic intelligences a Biblical and Christocentric vision of the Universe, which alone will allow the entire truth of the sciences and history to be restored.