Ove von Spaeth

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Ove von Spaeth
Ove von Spaeth in front of the historical Oesterlars round church on the Danish island Bornholm
Ove von Spaeth in front of the historical Oesterlars round church on the Danish island Bornholm
BornChristian Ove Wilhelm von Spaeth
(1938-02-23) 23 February 1938 (age 83)
LanguageDanish & English
Mystery fiction

Ove von Spaeth (Christian Ove Wilhelm von Spaeth, born February 23, 1938) is a Danish writer, graphic designer and independent scholar.

Ove Von Spaeth studied graphic design at The Graphic Arts Institute of Denmark and in the decades following the 1960s became known for his psychedelic poster designs, publications and articles relating to Indian music, art, and spirituality.

In the 1970s, von Spaeth began studying ancient history, religions, and astronomy. His analysis of earliest known star map in Egypt - the ‘Senmut star-map’ [1] lead to von Spaeth publishing an exact dating of its time and period in Egyptian history and of the reign of Queen Hatshepsut.[2]

Dating the Oldest Egyptian Star Map (2000)[edit]

By using astronomical approach on the Senmut map, von Spaeth computed and verified the presence of distinctive planetary conjunctions represented as a factual occurrence in the sky. This allowed the calculation of an exact dating of its time and thus the period in Egyptian history.[2]

Books by Ove von Spaeth[edit]

Images of Cities (1966)[3][edit]

The book is an experiment in visual effects of images from cities around the world. Von Spaeth tries to enhanced the emotional experience of urban environments by using long exposures and typographic compositions containing multiple levels of printed text

Psychedelic ’67 (1967 & 1969)[4][edit]

Von Spaeth's typographic experimental book tried to capture a slice of contemporary history as it was unfolding in Denmark. The book’s psychedelic subject is formulated through the author’s artistic layout and visual arrangement.

The Moses book Series[edit]

The series of five books on the biblical figure Moses, is a semi fictional work based on ancient textual sources such as the Rabbinical Writings’, archaeological evidence, and astronomical data. Von Spaeth attempts to develop a historical alternative view of Moses Egyptian background.[5] [6] [7]

The Suppressed Record: Moses’ Unknown Egyptian Background (1999) [8][edit]

In the first book of a series, von Spaeth suggests that Moses was an Egyptian prince and heir to the throne who found himself disinherited and forced into exile as a result of complex plots and intrigues at the royal court of Pharaohs Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III (approx. 1500 BC).[9][10]

The book had a good reception though it failed to get scientific recognition from the Danish Carsten Niebuhr Institute.[11]

The Enigmatic Son of Pharaoh’s Daughter: Moses’ Identity and Mystery Re-evaluated (2000) [12][edit]

The second book suggests that Moses was born to Queen Hatshepsut 3500 years ago, rose to power as a high-ranking leader among the Egyptian elite, was ousted in a coup, along with his mother, and records of his existence were systematically erased. Von Speath devots a significant portion of the book to draw parallels between Moses and Queen Hatshepsut’s chief consul Senmut.[13][14]

The reception of the second book was very positive one critic calling it "especially impressive".[15] Though others found it scientific lacking, but excellent as crime fiction.[16]

The Vanished Successor: Rediscovering Moses’ Hidden War Leading to the Exodus (2001) [17][edit]

In the third book Moses is an exiled prince who repeatedly tries to regain his claim to the throne of the pharaohs by coordinating a series of strategic uprisings in the margins of the Egyptian empire and a rebellion of Hebrew migrant workers. As the rebellion foils the workers start seeking their own land and sovereignty.[18]

The Secret Religion: Moses and the Egyptian Heritage in the Past and Present (2004)[19][edit]

The fourth book in von Spaeth’s Moses-series deals with relations between ancient Egyptian mystery cults and early Hebrew spiritual traditions. The book suggest that of the cults were politically active and intervening in specific historical events of the ancient world leading to cultural consequences for the western world.

Prophet and Unknown Genius: Illuminating Moses the Advanced Pioneer (2005)[20][edit]

The final book in the series suggests that Moses skills derived from his legacy as a prince helped him unify the Israelite people by providing them with philosophy, political science, mathematics, and the development of a written system of language with its own alphabet enabling a formation of the biblical texts.


  1. ^ Novakovic, Bojan. Senenmut: An Ancient Egyptian Astronomer. http://publications.aob.rs/85/pdf/019-023.pdf
  2. ^ a b Von Spaeth, Ove (2000). "Dating the Oldest Egyptian Star Map". Centaurus. 42 (3): 159–179. doi:10.1034/j.1600-0498.2000.420301.x.
  3. ^ von Spaeth, Ove (1969) [1966]. Images of Cities. Copenhagen: Strubes Publishers. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ von Spaeth, Ove (1967). Psychedelic '67. Copenhagen: Strubes Publishers.
  5. ^ FLEMMING CHR. NIELSEN, Jyllands-Posten (6 June 1999). "Mysteriet Moses: Var jødedommens grundlægger en egyptisk tronarving, og skulle han have været den næste Farao?" (in Danish). p. 7. Z4442744.
  6. ^ Steen Voigt, Berlingske Tidende (15 June 1999). "Dansk forsker fastslår Moses' fødselsdag, en fascinerende, tværvidenskabelig og sammenhængende skildring af profetens herkomst" (in Danish). p. 20. AZ942425.
  7. ^ Sidney Måge, Jyllands-Posten (18 July 1999). "Debat: Teologisk afvisning af Bibelen" (in Danish). p. 7 (section Indblik). Z4590554.
  8. ^ von Spaeth, Ove (1999). De Fortraengte Optegnelser [The Suppressed Record: Moses’ Unknown Egyptian Background.]. Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel. ISBN 978-87-89171-37-1.
  9. ^ Peder Christoffersen, Ekstra Bladet (4 July 1999). "GAMLE MOSES" (in Danish). p. 16. Z4540375.
  10. ^ Christian Galberg, B.T. (31 July 1999). "Du milde Moses; dansk amatørforsker påstår i en ny bog, at BIBELENS MOSES i virkeligheden var en ægyptisk kongesøn" (in Danish). p. 18. AZ946478.
  11. ^ Steen Voigt, Berlingske Tidende (3 August 1999). "Moses-datering ryger på gulvet" (in Danish). p. 10. AZ960593.
  12. ^ von Spaeth, Ove (2000). Gåden om Faraos Datters Søn [The Enigmatic Son of Pharaoh’s Daughter: Moses’ Identity and Mystery Re-evaluated.]. Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel. ISBN 978-87-7876-195-8.
  13. ^ F.J. Billeskov Jansen, Politiken (27 July 2001). "Den eventyrlige Moses: Den dristige historiker Ove von Spaeth fortæller spændende om Moses liv" (in Danish). p. 8 (section Kultur og Debat). Y1161297.
  14. ^ Lars Tjalve, Kristeligt Dagblad (7 August 2001). "Gådefulde Moses: Særdeles spændende og inciterende bog om Moses skrevet af sprænglært egyptolog" (in Danish). Bøger. e03f0e15.
  15. ^ Birgitte Larsen, Kristeligt Dagblad (11 August 2001). "Imponerende Moses-værk: Egyptologen Ove Von Spaeths bog om attentatet på Moses er imponerende - og langt hen ad vejen overbevisende" (in Danish). e03f0ef0.
  16. ^ Jesper Høgenhaven, Jyllands-Posten (21 August 2001). "Moses: Gåder i skyggen afpyramiderne" (in Danish). p. 8 (section Kunst og Kultur). Y1251133.
  17. ^ von Spaeth, Ove (2001). Den Forsvundne Tronarving [The Vanished Successor: Rediscovering Moses’ Hidden War Leading to the Exodus]. Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel. ISBN 978-87-7876-259-7.
  18. ^ Anders Klostergaard Petersen, Kristeligt Dagblad (2 October 2002). "Du vilde Moses" (in Danish). Kunst og Kultur. e03efc3f.
  19. ^ von Spaeth, Ove (2004). Den Hemmelige Religion [The Secret Religion: Moses and the Egyptian Heritage in the Past and Present.]. Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel. ISBN 978-87-7876-309-9.
  20. ^ von Spaeth, Ove (2005). Profeten som Ukendt Geni [Prophet and Unknown Genius: Illuminating Moses the Advanced Pioneer.]. Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel. ISBN 978-87-7876-393-8.