I recently received this short note in email about some work done in the cuneiform sources regarding Nibiru:
Dear Dr. Heiser,I have analyzed the extant cuneiform evidence in the peer-reviewed publication “The Marduk Star Nebiru” (CDLI Bulletin 2015:3).I conclude that the hypothesis that the name Nēbiru may be assigned to any visible astronomical object that marks an equinox is supported by cuneiform evidence. It is clear to me that Zechariah Sitchin was confused by earlier translations.Regards,Immanuel Freedman, Ph.D. SMIEEEMember, International Association for Assyriology
CDLI = Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative at UCLA. The article / PDF at the above link is their bulletin. It’s only four pages, and of course verifies what I posted many years ago, that cuneiform tablets do not have Nibiru as a 12th planet beyond Pluto.
My thanks to Dr. Freedman for this notification and link!
I’d like to see some evidence that the ancient Mesopotamians knew about Uranus, Neptune and Pluto for that matter. Can’t have 12 planets if 3 are unknown.
There is no such evidence. That’s the point of my 12th Planet critique on my website, as well as the critique of Sitchin’s nibiru nonsense. According to the cuneiform astronomical texts (all of them), the Mesopotamians knew only the planets up to Saturn (naked eye observable).
Yes but that’s the sane person’s view, not Sitchin’s.
…hippity-hoppin’ down that bunny trail.
2.13 – (Wikipedia?) Third ref in Wiki art is some dashing, young PhD candidate fm UWMadison…
Try and track down I.Freedman’s CV.
End up at Bradeis. Faculty.
Discover former Coca_Cola rep Anita Hill is proffin’grad studies.
I stand up and delicately brush myself off after having refused to lick the 3rd rail.
Dr. Freedman is quite the gentleman for politely concluding (“clearly”) that Zak $ was “confused” by those shabby “earlier translations”.
Brain-jog on R Ascension/Declination.
“So I got that goin for me…
Which is nice.”
What I find interesting is the way western theology and mainstream science, often adversaries in our society, join ranks against Sitchin’s hypothesis. Clearly, both groups have a great deal at stake if he was even partially right.
Personally, I find the Nibiru in our solar debate to be a red herring. The jury is still out on whether there are other large bodies in our solar system. He could turn out to be right or wrong there.
More important is who were the Anunnaki? Leaving Sitchin’s idea that they were ET aside, the plain Sumerian text clearly says the Sumerians’ gods lived among them and ruled them.
Modern dismissal of that idea only serves modern biases. They were eyewitnesses to the events and I believe we should not automatically claim their gods were mere myth or the fallen angels.
Abram was called out of Sumeria by a God he knew….a God who proclaimed there are no longer any other Gods for you and your progeny except me.
I’d say there are a ton of open questions on this topic for theology and science. Dismissing Sitchin doesn’t resolve them.
The jury isn’t out on the cuneiform tablets Sitchin pretended to be quoting. There isn’t a single line that associates Nibiru with the Anunnaki, or that has Nibiru as a celestial body located beyond Saturn.
That isn’t opinion. It’s fact. All of the references to Nibiru can be checked between my site and this article. All the references to the Anunnaki can be checked via my sitchiniswrong.com site. I don’t just say stuff. I give people the data to check up on me.
Michael heiser, I would like to know, does the findings by cal tech of a ninth planet in the Hyperion belt lend any credence to sitchins theory?
Of course the cal tech data shows the object as having a 10k – 20k year orbit, whereas sitchin claims his mystery planet has a much shorter orbit but are there any items in cal techs data that line up with sitchins theory?
No – I already blogged this (recently):
Michael this is a very interesting feed. There is a time stamp at the bottom in the very beginning. In the Stellarium app I downloaded, I put the location for Braxil on 13/9/2016 at dawn looking east and the moon is not to the left of the sun at that location and time, nor any other planet. This is in reference to the wonder or sign of the woman/ red dragon, Re 12:1-3, possibly taking place on 23/9/2017, involving Virgo, Leo and four planets. We had a brief discussion on that a week or so ago. Short description at first article http://www.justifiedfreely.
1 Thessalonians 5:4 KJVS
 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.