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Pearl of Great Price PN 1. KOLOB greatest star, “first in government, the last pertaining to the measurement of time,” “nearest unto” throne of God; “signifying the first creation” (BofAbraham 3:3, facsimile 2:1-2,4-5)

Hebrew קרב qereb, qarob “near, interior, heart,” as in theophoric Hebrew קרוב Qarob “The-Near-One” (Psalm 119:151 ∥152 קדם Qedem “The-Primeval-One”; cf. Deuteronomy 33:27, Psalms 69:19, 74:12, 145:18; Arabic Qarib is cognate),[1] in qutl-form at Qumran קורב (qwrb “midst”; 11QMelch 1:10 = Psalm 82:1; for Aramaic קרב qrb see 1QapGen 22:18)[2]; also in Akkadian qurbum, qerbum, and Ugaritic, as well as Arabic qalb (pl. qulub), "heart; center; soul, spirit," as in قلب الاسد Qalb al-ˁAsad “Regulus (in Leo), Lion-heart,” clearly showing the two root variants characteristic of Afroasiatic, QLB/QRB, cognate with Egyptian qЗb.[3] The Arabs also considered bright and stable Canopus (Greek Kanobos) to be قلب التيمان Qalb at-Taiman “Heart of the South” = Hathor in ancient Egypt.[4] Perhaps related to the Kolpi of Philo Biblius, and reflected in Greek Κνηφ, Κνουφις, Χνουβις, Χνουβι[5] (cf. Elephantine-Jewish Ḥnub, Ḥnb), all variant names of the Egyptian ram-god Khnum, who is illustrated here.

A puzzle which we should deal with here is the governance of God’s whole system via KOLOB (Abr 3:3, facs 2:1-2). This may be accomplished via the mechanism of “clumps and strands in a vast ‘cosmic web’” of dark matter and hydrogen gas flowing “along the filaments to feed the growing galaxies.”

Astronomers have seen how the gravity of the web’s filaments distort the images of more distant galaxies, making them align slightly, like fish swimming in a school. Other scientists have detected huge intergalactic clouds of hydrogen by noting how they absorb light from very distant, bright galaxies called quasars.[6]
The material seems to lie along a connected structure, a vast cosmic web connecting the galaxies. Such filaments are held together by dark matter, the unknown material thought to make up roughly 80 percent of the universe. * * *
As massive galaxies interact with one another, their tidal forces can pull gas out into the region between them.[7]

Scholar Anton Petrov points out that one way to explain how dark matter holds the galaxies together is via theoretical Weakly Interactive Massive Particles (WIMPS), and various experiments are being conducted in order to find just such a particle.[8]

Cf. also Kullab = Uruk.[9]


  1. All cited in Dahood, Psalms, 3 vols., Anchor Bible 16,17,17A, ad loc.; Y. Moubarac, Le Museón, 68:340.
  2. All cited in J. A. Fitzmyer, JBL, 86:37.
  3. K. Baer, 1974 BYU Education Week Lectures; A. Loprieno, Ancient Egyptian: A Linguistic Introduction (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995), 31-32, noting that Egyptian qЗb “interior, midst,” is cognate.
  4. Kevin Christensen, “New Wine and New Bottles: Scriptural Scholarship as Sacrament,” Dialogue, 24/3 (Fall 1991):124, citing G. de Santillana & H. von Dechend, Hamlet’s Mill, 73-74.
  5. Budge, The Mummy, 1st ed., 275; 2nd ed., 275-276, it itw n ntrw nb ḫpr.f irt pt tЗ dwЗt mw ḫЗswt (cf. Khnum as pneúmazōē in Plutarch & Diodorus).
  6. Adrian Cho, “Astronomers spot the filaments of gas that feed the galaxies,” Science, Oct 3, 2019, online at https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/10/astronomers-map-galaxy-feeding-hydrogen-filaments-first-time .
  7. Nola Taylor Redd, “Giant Gas Clouds Found In Void Between Nearby Galaxies,” Space.com, May 8, 2013, online at https://www.space.com/21027-giant-gas-clouds-nearby-galaxies.html .
  8. Petrov. “While Looking for Dark Matter, Scientists Discover Something Way Cooler,” What Da Math, May 4, 2019, online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VUMjJJBtuA .
  9. William W. Hallo, “Antediluvian Cities,” Journal of Cuneiform Studies, 23 (1970-1971):65,95.