Tsohar is a Hebrew noun that is first found in Genesis 6:16, where it is translated as "window" in the KJV; "A window shalt thou make to the Ark..." Other translations, such as the ESV, translate this word as “roof.”
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Greetings Excavators:

Jeff A. Benner I first became interested in the Tsohar many years ago when I first began studying the Bible with Strong’s Concordance and Dictionary. It was one of the first times I found Bible translations to be completely indiscriminate in how they translated Hebrew words. In my initial research into the Tsohar, I came to the conclusion that this word has been seriously misunderstood.

Book Project: The Tsohar

Heading: My Tsohar Journey

What is the Tsohar

Tsohar is a Hebrew noun that is first found in Genesis 6:16, where it is translated as "window" in the KJV; “A window shalt thou make to the ark..." Other translations, such as the ESV, translate this word as “roof.” Tsohar appears twenty-two more times in the Hebrew Bible, but in each of these instances, it is translated as "noon" or "midday." How can this one Hebrew word possibly mean "window" (or “roof”) and "noon?"

My Research into the Tsohar

In my research, I found that the Tsohar was not only connected to Noah’s Ark, but it was also connected to the Temple of Solomon where the Tsohar was the light source inside the Temple. This then, is the connection to “midday.” The Tsohar is a bright light and it would appear that the Ark’s Tsohar was neither a window or a roof, but the light source inside the Ark.

I also discovered that the flying carpet, which we find in Arabian stories, was also traditionally connected to king Solomon, who is said to have had a flying carpet large enough to transport an army.

The basis for a fictional book

This got me to thinking that I could write a science fiction story (something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time) about the Tsohar and Noah’s ark. I found that if you change just a few letters in the story of Noah's ark, instead of the Ark being "lifted up" on the waters (mayim) of the ground (adamah), the Ark "lifted up" on the skies (shamayim) from Mars (m’adim) with the Tsohar being the propulsion for the “floating” Ark.

As I continued my research, I discovered that Mars, at some point in the past, was bombarded by a “flood” of asteroids. So, in my story, instead of being a flood of water that destroyed the Earth, my story would have a flood of asteroids destroying Mars, facilitating Noah to escape to Earth from Mars.

Things were getting to real

The story was coming along well, almost too well. The story was making so much sense that I began to wonder if Noah did in-fact come from Mars? Just as quickly as the thought came, I rejected it thinking to myself, “Only if some strange mysterious light was discovered on Mars would I believe this could real.” With those thoughts out of my mind, I continued my research and writing.

And then, about a year later, the following headline and image flooded the news outlets.


I was shocked and mystified. I was sure that Noah didn’t come from Mars and NASA did a fair job of explaining what they believe the light was, but…?

I packed up all my research and filed it away on my computer and just kind of ignored the whole thing, that is, until recently. I thought about continuing my research, but to my horror, I could not find any of the research and writing that I had done anywhere. It all seemed to have disappeared.

And that is where I am, at this time, on my Tsohar journey.

Jeff A. BennerJeff A. Benner
Excavating the Bible
November 12, 2023
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