After a career in high tech, MSEE (1982) SUNY, 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 Negev Desert rock art attracted my attention. Their beauty and power compeled me to act and I had a feeling of rejuvenation and excitement trying to decipher them.
Thousands of hours guiding and traversing the desert gave me a unique understanding of the life played here as manifested by thousands of rock art. 15 years passed until I wrote my first book, Heavenly Art, that unraveled this mystery of Rock Art. My second book Rock Art in Israel brought much more organized thoughts that cemented the methods for Rock Art decipherment. I found that the ancients had deep sky knowledge and their ideas extend even to the present time. 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 Rock Art to Myths and Astronomy. Many Rock Art reveal the ancients spiritual world and how they envisioned major event such as Creation, how they used Calendars, their pilgrimage customs, how they describe the afterlife, and even explain their desire to reach Paradise.
Rock Art is a pictorial language, which reconstructs the beliefs and myths perpetuated long ago. It is the twin brother of mythology and magic that combines fantasy and reality represented as imaginative hunting scenes, battles, campaigns in heaven, prayer, and God's war. 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.