After a career in high tech, I began working as a tour guide in the Negev Desert Israel in 1998, without a clue where it will lead me to. By unknown force the rock art, the silent archeological artifacts spread all over the desert attracted me. I had a feeling of rejuvenation and excitement, that equals the drama of opening a Pandora Box. Thousands of hours guiding and traversing the desert gave me a unique understanding of the life played here. More than any archeological findings the rock engravings, rock art, attracted me magically. I had a strong urge to decipher them and had to understand what they say! 15 years passed until I wrote the book, Heavenly Art, that unraveled this mystery of Rockart, It was followed by a second book Rockart in Israel which brought much more organized thoughts to this subject. In the process, I found that it is more difficult to understand the past than the future.
The book explores the connection of Negev Desert RockArt to Myths and Astronomy. Many Rock Art reveal us the ancients spiritual world and how they envisioned Creation, how the used Calendars, their pilgrimage customs and even their desire to reach Paradise. Rockart is a pictorial language, which reconstructs the beliefs and myths perpetuated long ago. Rockart is the twin brother of mythology and magic it combines fantasy and reality, which is illustrated by hunting scenes, battles, campaigns in heaven, prayer, and God's war. These scenes explain natural phenomena and the cyclical behavior of the world. To truly understand this pre-historic art, it should be interpreted as an expression of worship and faith. It may be simply stated that: Decoding Rockart, in essence, decodes the ancients belief .
The book Rock Art in Israel is available online.