The author lays out astonishing evidence showing how the earliest Europeans recorded their descent from Noah through Japheth in meticulously kept records, knew all about Creation and the Flood, and had encounters with creatures we would call dinosaurs. These records of other nations lend chapters 10 and 11 of Genesis a degree of accuracy that sets them apart from all other historical documents of the ancient world. In a book which is the fruit of more than 25 years of research, he traces the development of the creation / evolution controversy that raged in the ancient world, and explodes many of the myths and errors of 'modernist' biblical critics. This book shows how European history can be traced right back to the flood and the descendants of Japheth, through contemporary accounts and a table of nations.
Dr Bill Cooper is a council member and trustee of the Creation Science Movement. He is married with two daughters and has recently been awarded an Honours degree by Kingston University (England) for combined studies in the History of Ideas (Religion, Philosophy and Political Theory) and English Literature. He has lectured on The Table of Nations, under the auspices of the CSM, in Germany, Belgium and at many venues in England including Leeds University.
He has written numerous articles for the Creation Science Movement and for the Creation Ex Nihilo Technical Journal published by the Creation Science Foundation of Australia, on the Table of Nations (The Early History of Man series), the historical Jonah and other subjects.
After The Flood is a truly one-of-a-kind read. Cooper destroys the modern notion that Biblical history is a calculated religious fraud and helps to demonstrate the incomparable veracity of the Table of Nations (found in Genesis 10 & 11) by compiling corroborative evidence from ancient & disparate pre-Christian European sources that chronicle the descent of the Britons, Danes, Saxons, & Celts (among others) from their forefather Noah.
Ancient pagan (not to mention non-Semitic) sources bolstering the history of some of the earliest chapters of the Bible ought to make people sit up and take notice: so much for the notion that the Judeo-Christian concept of God was merely a construct of some unknown & otherwise unimportant Bronze Age Jews.
The other bits of history contained in this book are fascinating, as well. Learning, for example, that the British people are descended from Trojan survivors of the war with Greece or about the detailed history surrounding the Beowulf epic was pretty riveting for a history buff like myself.
Ultimately, the notion that 99% of Genesis' Table of Nations had been verified by outside & independent sources as long ago as 1993 certainly serves to press some intellectual buttons. Indeed, it can probably be stated with some certitude that the Table of Nations is the single most accurate ancient genealogical document known to man. And, if those two chapters of Genesis are that imminently reliable, what might that say for the others?
Meticulous and fascinating. Cooper sets out to prove the authenticity of the Genesis genealogies, showing (among a million other things) how Europeans can be traced back to Noah through Japheth. There's no limit to the wow of this book.
I was 13 the first time I battled through this. The second time (at 27) was less of a battle, but I still had to take it super slow. It's worth the crawl.
This was very interesting. The genealogical charts were impressive. The author spends a lot of time unraveling the modernist argument that the early history of Britain is unknown and gives plenty of source materials to make his point. The chapter on Beowulf was quite eye opening in that it made a great case for the story to be history and not fairy tale. This book will make you think. It is a proof text for the young earth theory. Of course, it is always a joy for me to see my name in print, this time in the lineage of Danish kings.
Very compelling read. Even his interpretation of Beowulf wasn't that far-fetched. If you think there is scientific evidence man and dinosaur were contemporaries, then at least some mythological stories may be a lot more real history and lot less mythical than we currently think.
It is incredible how complete the genealogies of these ancient pagan cultures are. I think Cooper has completely destroyed the idea that these genealogies were created by overzealous monks centuries after the fact. It's amazing how determined the modern establishment is to disregard any evidence that the Bible and its genealogies are real history and are backed up by other ancient sources of antiquity. I was taught nothing of the ancient peoples of Britain in school. I thought it was because there was no information to be had because those people weren't literate or the documents were so ancient they had long since been destroyed. But that is clearly not the case. And these ancient documents raise some very, very good support of the validity of the genealogies in the Bible that of course will be completely ignored by the modernist establishment because it doesn't fit with their worldview.
I have read chapters 1-4 and 9-13. This is an exceptional collection of evidences for the bible. The information is dense in the Chapters and Appendices that I have not yet read, I look forward to digging through it more in the future.
A unique look at history from uncommonly referenced sources. There is a lot of information in this book that give heavy support for Biblical genealogies. I always thought it would be cool to trace my family back to some king or queen of europe. From there i could trace it back to someone in the bible and then to adam and eve. how cool would that be!
A very interesting read. While it offers the reader a huge amount of data to play around with, it leaves scope for a great deal of research. This is not an "academic" source, which makes it difficult to reference in academic writing, but it is a great signpost and certainly encourages further academic research in the field, especially by Christians.
Eye-opening data from pre-Christian genealogies and cultures that meshes quite amazingly with Noah and his descendants. We don't get this information in our "academically acceptable" textbooks of history; I think I know why.
A fabulous and fascinating book. If you have any interest in history, this book delves into the little known or taught history of Europe between the Flood and where most modern history texts start. All from actual historical texts from that time. Including genealogies of kings that go back to Noah!
Meticulous yet succinct. An effective antidote to the historical revisionism, obfuscation and fraud of modern scholarship concerning extra-biblical documentary evidence of our true origins. A must read if you love the Bible ... and Beowulf.
This was fascinating. Giving it four stars because other reviews indicate some citation errors. If what he is describing i accurate, it gives much more credibility to a straightforward reading of the Biblical chronologies.
Super interesting. This guy's research is remarkable-- so much so, I couldn't even test his claims if I wanted to. It's clear his research took the better part of his life, tracing modern day lineage back to Noah's son, Japheth, via ancient literature and archaeological findings. He writes in a way that makes a probable straw-chewing topic, engaging.
This book was recommended to me by fellow creationists. It was hailed as a must-read and as giving irrefutable proof of the fact that early European peoples had pre-Christian genealogies that traced these peoples back to Noah.
Although the book was certainly very interesting, it was somewhat of a disappointment that the proof was not so irrefutable at all. The most important sources that Cooper uses for the pre-Christian genealogies are not pre-Christian at all, but date from the 10th century or later. The author gives several arguments that the source material that was used by these authors, can itself be dated back to pre-Christian times, but the arguments he gives are not always strong, and it is hard to see how much these arguments are worth because of a lack of background information on Nennius, Geoffrey of Monmouth, the scientific debate behind the reliability of these sources, and many other names and documents that he mentions.
The chapters about Beowulf and dinosaurs after the flood are more elaborate, but still don't tell us what other (creationist) scientists think about these stories and images. Moreover, those chapters seem out of place, because their topic (proving that living dinosaurs existed until fairly recently) is very different from the topic of the earlier chapters (proving that ancient peoples traced their ancestry back to Noah).
Also, I found the writing style to be a little messy. Paragraphs did not always show a coherence and many information that was placed in the appendices should be placed in the body text. The lay-out (font, alignment, etc.) looked cheap and could use a big make-over.
All in all is this book an interesting read, but it lacks in depth and background information, and it needs a good editor. And that is unfortunate, because the message of the book is important. If the claims of the author are true, we have very important pieces of evidence that pre-Christian peoples traced themselves back to Noah, which confirms what the Bible tells us in Genesis.
"After the Flood" by Bill Cooper is the history book that gave birth to a similar book I've also read and reviewed by Mike Gascoigne, "Forgotten History of the Western People". In the same manner, this book also chronicles the historical records, from the secular world, that point to our descent from Noah and his family. This book is well-written and more academic than Cascoigne's book. Naturally, given the subject matter, some material has been repeated but it's surprising how differently the two books read.
"After the Flood" begins with the knowledge of God amongst the early pagans. Then Cooper talks about Noah and his family and the Table of European Nations. There's detailed information on the chronicles of the early Britons, the history of the early British kings, the descent of the Anglo-Saxon kings, of the Danish and Norwegian kings, the Irish Celtic kings - all of their genealogies pointing back to Japheth and his father, Noah. The age of the Earth is calculated by collaborating the ancient genealogies and those found in early Genesis. Finally, there are records of dinosaurs and dinosaur-like creatures from early Europe and a look at the ancient Anglo-Saxon poem "Beowulf" and some of its hidden treasures (hint: it's not an early Christian poem, it's pagan and not fiction but history. Also, the monsters are nothing less than dinosaurs and dinosaur-like creatures (not trolls)).
The last third of the book is made up of appendices including, but not limited to, detailed genealogies of Shem, Ham and Japheth and the historical figures of "Beowulf". All very interesting. The book could do with a few more pictures and some of the names of people and locations take time to read and understand. That said, "After the Flood" is an excellent history book, a labour of love (herein, Cooper showcases over 25 years of research).
This was an excellent book, for as small as it was. Packed with information that would open your eyes and make you say, "Woow! and Ah-HAH!" If you have ever done some genealogical or ancestral work on your lineage, you would understand the impact of what Mr. Cooper has done in his book. He went into the most ancient of documents of all the great and major countries and empires and traced those documents back to, and compared with, the Biblical doctrines of ancestry. Each country and each region of the world was settled by the sons of Noah. And Mr. Cooper found those most ancient documents held in trust in many different area within each of the countries themselves. Well worth the time to read and glean as much as you can...well worth the time to read and maybe read again!
I was wowed when I read it some seven naïve years ago. Without brushing up on the text, Dr. Cooper's thesis seemed to rest on Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of England's historicity. Cooper alleged that modern scholarship rejects the Historia on account of its inclusion of King Arthur and tracing genealogies back to Noah's sons. I have since learned Geoffrey's charge is somewhat different and I have found Cooper skewing evidence and jumping to irresponsible conclusions in his other books. Pseudo-history has the veneer of extensive research-- some of which may be sound! --but you have absolutely no way of knowing without a great amount of legwork. Be cautious.
In an age of Secularist revisionism, as a Christian, it was refreshing to read a book written by an author who unashamedly believes in the Biblical record of history. The Global Flood, the Tower of Babel, the Table of Nations, genealogies, and dinosaurs in recent history - all in light of the Book of Genesis - all makes for an intellectually challenging read - i.e., for the open-minded! As a Scot I particularly liked the way that Bill Cooper, though he never outwardly alluded to it, to me verified the historicity of the preamble to Scotland's The Declaration of Arbroath (1320).
An extremely interesting concept underlies the book -- that civilizations all over the world really do trace the lineage of their royal families back to the post-flood family of Noah. The book becomes a bit repetitious after the third or forth chapter, because everyone keeps getting traced back to the same origins. Overall, I'm surprised that I had not heard of this research before.
This is probably a worthwhile read for anyone with an interest in the topic, but the text is a little dry. That is, it is not intended as entertaining reading.
This book was fascinating. I never realized we had so much information available about early Europe; but nations actually kept detailed records and genealogies tracing their ancestry all the way back to Japheth. This book was supposed to be part of our school requirements, but somehow fell through the cracks for me. (oops!) But I am so glad I went back to it, and I recommend it for everyone! (But especially as part of high school history!)
This book is fascinating. I could not put it down. I study the bible and biblical things to prepare myself an Arsenal based on intelligent findings, when confronted against non-believers. This book is one that I hold dear. An eye opener. If you're a believer in GOD this will only strengthen your faith.
Challenging exploration of a young-Earth creationist interpretation of the Genesis table of nations.
I cannot agree with much of this, because I think it ignores the contextualisation of the texts in their original language, culture and readers’ interpretation; I find John H Walton approach saner. But still a very interesting read.