The Lost Book of Enki: Memoirs and Prophecies of an Extraterrestrial God

The Lost Book of Enki: Memoirs and Prophecies of an Extraterrestrial God

by Zecharia Sitchin

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The companion volume to The Earth Chronicles series that reveals the identity of mankind’s ancient gods

•   Explains why these “gods” from Nibiru, the Anunnaki, genetically engineered Homo sapiens, gave Earthlings civilization, and promised to return

•   30,000 sold in hardcover

Zecharia Sitchin’s bestselling series The Earth Chronicles provided humanity’s side of the story concerning our origins at the hands of the Anunnaki, “those who from heaven to earth came.” In The Lost Book of Enki we now view this saga from the perspective of Lord Enki, an Anunnaki leader revered in antiquity as a god, who tells the story of these extraterrestrials’ arrival on Earth from the planet Nibiru.

In his previous works Sitchin compiled the complete story of the Anunnaki’s impact on human civilization from fragments scattered throughout Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Hittite, Egyptian, Canaanite, and Hebrew sources. Missing from these accounts, however, was the perspective of the Anunnaki themselves. What was life like on their own planet? What motives propelled them to settle on Earth—and what drove them from their new home? Convinced of the existence of a lost book that held the answers to these questions, the author began his search for evidence. Through exhaustive research of primary sources, he has here re-created tales as the memoirs of Enki, the leader of these first “astronauts.” What takes shape is the story of a world of mounting tensions, deep rivalries, and sophisticated scientific knowledge that is only today being confirmed. An epic tale of gods and men unfolds, challenging every assumption we hold about our past and our future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591430377
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 82,576
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Zecharia Sitchin (1920-2010), an eminent Orientalist and biblical scholar, was born in Russia and grew up in Palestine, where he acquired a profound knowledge of modern and ancient Hebrew, other Semitic and European languages, the Old Testament, and the history and archaeology of the Near East. A graduate of the University of London with a degree in economic history, he worked as a journalist and editor in Israel for many years prior to undertaking his life’s work--The Earth Chronicles.

One of the few scholars able to read the clay tablets and interpret ancient Sumerian and Akkadian, Sitchin based The Earth Chronicles series on the texts and pictorial evidence recorded by the ancient civilizations of the Near East. His books have been widely translated, reprinted in paperback editions, converted to Braille for the blind, and featured on radio and television programs.

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Some 445,000 years ago, astronauts from another planet came to Earth in search of gold.

Splashing down in one of Earth’s seas, they waded ashore and established Eridu, “Home in the Faraway.” In time the initial settlement expanded to a full-fledged Mission Earth—with a Mission Control Center, a spaceport, mining operations, and even a way station on Mars.

Short of manpower, the astronauts employed genetic engineering to fashion Primitive Workers—Homo sapiens. The Deluge that catastrophically swept over the Earth required a fresh start; the astronauts became gods, granting Mankind civilization, teaching it to worship.

Then, about four thousand years ago, all that had been achieved unraveled in a nuclear calamity, brought about by the visitors to Earth in the course of their own rivalries and wars.

What had taken place on Earth, and especially the events since human history began, has been culled by Zecharia Sitchin, in his The Earth Chronicles Series, from the Bible, clay tablets, ancient myths, and archaeological discoveries. But what had preceded the events on Earth—what had taken place on the astronauts’ own planet Nibiru that caused the space journeys, the need for gold, the creation of Man?

Would it not be auspicious were one of the key players, an eyewitness and one who could distinguish between Fate and Destiny, to record for posterity the How and Where and When and Why of it all—the First Things and perhaps the Last Things?

But that is precisely what some of them did do; and foremost among them was the very leader who had commanded the first group of astronauts!

Scholars and theologians alike now recognize that the biblical tales of Creation, of Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden, the Deluge, the Tower of Babel, were based on texts written down millennia earlier in Mesopotamia, especially by the Sumerians. And they, in turn, clearly stated that they obtained their knowledge of past events—many from a time before civilizations began, even before Mankind came to be—from the writings of the Anunnaki (“Those Who from Heaven to Earth Came”)—the “gods” of antiquity.

As a result of a century and a half of archaeological discoveries in the ruins of the ancient civilizations, especially in the Near East, a great number of such early texts have been found; the finds have also revealed the extent of missing texts—so-called lost books—which are either mentioned in discovered texts or are inferred from such texts, or that are known to have existed because they were cataloged in royal or temple libraries.

An oft-quoted example of the extent of lost books is that of the famed Library of Alexandria in Egypt. Established by the general Ptolemy after Alexander’s death in 323 B.C., it was said to have contained more than half a million “volumes”—books inscribed on a variety of materials (clay, stone, papyrus, parchment). That great library, where scholars gathered to study the accumulated knowledge, was burnt down and destroyed in wars that extended from 48 B.C. to the Arab conquest in A.D. 642. What has remained of its treasures is a translation of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible into Greek, and fragments retained in the writings of some of the library’s resident scholars.

It is only thus that we know that the second king Ptolemy commissioned, circa 270 B.C., an Egyptian priest whom the Greeks called Manetho to compile the history and prehistory of Egypt. At first, Manetho wrote, only the gods reigned there, then demigods, and finally, circa 3100 B.C., Pharaonic dynasties began. The divine reigns, he wrote, began ten thousand years before the Flood and continued for thousands of years thereafter, the latter period having witnessed battles and wars among the gods.

One who had been an eyewitness to all those events, indeed a key participant in them, was the leader who had splashed down with the first group of astronauts.

That he had recorded his autobiography is certain, for a long text (stretching over at least twelve tablets) discovered in the library of Nippur quotes Enki’s sayings. Numerous other texts that relate varied aspects of Enki’s role in the ensuing developments serve to complete Enki’s tale; they include a cosmogony, an Epic of Creation, at whose core lay Enki’s own text, which scholars call The Eridu Genesis. For the first time ever, this dispersed and fragmented material has been assembled and used by Zecharia Sitchin to re-create the eyewitness account of Enki—the autobiographical memoirs and insightful prophecies of an extraterrestrial god.

In dealing with the past, Enki himself perceived the future. The notion that the Anunnaki, exercising free will, were masters of their own fates (as well as the fate of Mankind) gave way, in the end, to a realization that it was Destiny that, when all was said and done, determined the course of events; and therefore—as the Hebrew Prophets had recognized—the First Things shall be the Last Things.

The record of events dictated by Enki thus becomes a foundation for Prophecy, and the Past becomes the Future.

Synopsis of the Second Tablet

Alalu’s flight in a nuclear-armed spacecraft

He sets his course to Ki, the seventh planet (Earth)

Why he expects to find gold on Earth

The solar-system’s cosmogony; Tiamat’s water and gold

The appearance of Nibiru from outer space

The Celestial Battle and Tiamat’s breakup

Earth, half of Tiamat, inherits her waters and gold

Kingu, Tiamat’s main satellite, becomes the Moon of Earth

Nibiru is destined to forever orbit the Sun

Alalu’s arrival and landing on Earth

Alalu, discovering gold, holds Nibiru’s fate in his hands

Table of Contents



The Words of Lord Enki
     The First Tablet
     The Second Tablet
     The Third Tablet
     The Fourth Tablet
     The Fifth Tablet
     The Sixth Tablet
     The Seventh Tablet
     The Eighth Tablet
     The Ninth Tablet
     The Tenth Tablet
     The Eleventh Tablet
     The Twelfth Tablet
     The Thirteenth Tablet
     The Fourteenth Tablet


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R. John Allcorn

"The story is compelling, drawing readers into the world of extraterrestrials, gods, and ancient events in a way that seems a combination of reading that daily paper and indulging in popular fiction.  Reading The Lost Book of Enki is a truly unique, intellectual, and pleasurable experience to recommend to customers looking for something a little different."

Don Ecker

"This book is another brilliant example of Sitchin's scholarship. I found it exciting reading, and give it my highest recommendation. The Lost Book of Enki . . . has an impact that will generate discussions all over the globe.

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Lost Book of Enki 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 'Lost Book of Enki' is a departure for Sitchin from his popular 'The Earth Chronicles' series, which offered an explanation for the origins of Earth, homo sapiens, and human civilization based on a unique interpretation of ancient stories from the Bible, Egypt, and Mesopotamia. This book can best be described as a hypothetical construct of an ancient text. The text is conjectured to be dictated by the character Enki (an alien visitor to Earth, considered a god and creator of humanity, as depicted in ancient Sumerian/Akkadian/Babylonian mythology) to one of his scribes. The text is presented in prose format with reverse syntax, as was the style in ancient Mesopotamia, to give it a feel of authenticity. Aside from a glossary and a few depictions of ancient relics, there are no explanatory notes, references, maps, or timelines as one would expect from a newly discovered cuneiform clay tablet. Sitchin apparently believes that such an ancient text was not only inspired by 'Lord Enki', but in fact may yet be discovered buried beneath the sands of ancient city ruins. The 'Lost Book of Enki' is essentially a retelling of the ancient Mesopotamian stories of the 'Epic of Creation', the 'Atra Hasis', and the 'Epic of Gilgamesh'. Sitchin adds nothing new scientifically to the groundwork laid in 'The Earth Chronicles' series. Consequently, Sitchin's latest work is only interesting as an academic exercise. Sitchin concludes the book by leaving the reader wondering as to the identity of 'Yahweh', and whether Enki, and the original Anunnaki, ever left Earth and returned to their home planet of Nibiru. The last books that excited my interest were, 'Unconventional Flying Objects' by Paul Hill, 'Alien Rapture' by Brad Steiger, and 'Alien Agenda' by Jim Marrs. I highly recommend all these books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you believe the moon shines only at night, you will love this book. If you are a fan of Zecharia Sitchin, as I have been for the last decade or so, you may be in for a shock, for in this book the author dramatically changes everything about his writing in comparison with his previous books, to the point that one may question if it is the work of a ghost writer. In the first place, the entire book, with the exception of the Introduction (wherein it is stated, 'For the first time ever, this dispersed and fragmented material has been assembled and used by Zecharia Sitchin to re-create the eyewitness account of Enki.....'), the entire work is written in verse format, double-spaced. Secondly, the architecture of the sentences is inverted with respect to normal English, with the verb usually appearing at or near the end. No doubt the reason for this type of structure was to create the atmosphere in which the author worked as he deciphered the ancient tablets, but this feature made the reading for me very slow and tedious, as I sought to reread each verse to untangle the various nouns and adjectives and adverbs and logically attach them to other parts of the sentence which were not in their accustomed places. Equally as surprising is the fact that there are absolutely no endnotes, references, citations, or illustrations which would tend to link the material to any deciphered existing tablets or other archaeological artifacts, or even Biblical references - the very things which gave his previous writings the illusion of a serious scientific hypothesis. In this regard, a library buff might be interested in noting the card catalogue classification of this and his previous writings. Having gotten beyond all these initial shocks, one then might expect to sit back and enjoy what initially appears to be a recap of the various fragments of the story line dispersed throughout and revealed, many times out of sequence, in his earlier books. A careful reading and comparison, however, reveals that in the current version, many of the earlier details have been changed. Consider, for example, the fact that, until this book, the emasculation of Anu was accomplished by Kumarbi, the grandson of Alalu, whom Anu deposed; in the current book, the vile act was performed by Alalu himself. In the earlier versions, Kumarbi suffered and recovered from an illness as a result of ingesting the testicles, but in the current book Alalu died from swallowing them. These are but a few examples of materials which contradict the author's earlier interpretations; there are also many places where totally new material is inserted, such as the attempted validation of the act of circumcision by the unsupported assertion that the Anunnaki were born without foreskins. Be prepared, therefore, for a work of total fiction, one difficult to navigate, and one not only out of character but also not too faithful to its author's earlier works. As a work of fiction, however, the failings are equally noticeable. Most novels, particularly those which might be classified as science fiction, are realistic to the point that the events at least seem plausible. But when we are told that Nibiru was covered by a cloud of volcanic dust (which certainly would be highly toxic to all forms of life), through which no light could penetrate, and that, for most of its orbit, the sun was so far away that there was no significant source of light, we are left wondering (1) how the planet was covered with abundant vegetation, and (2) why the Anunnaki and other creatures from that planet ever developed eyes, when there was nothing to see. Alas, fan that I am, I can only implore Mr. Sitchin to do what he does best: namely to obfuscate his story line in convoluted reasoning and artifact citations, and leave the writing of raw fiction to others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you get religion and astology and both put together to recieve answers then this book makes a ton of sense!
Badger1492 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me also say that I have read all of Sitchin's books and found most, the first 3 or 4 at least, to be fascinating. I anxiously awaited this "Enki" book, because it was billed as a narrative that would fill in a lot of the gaps and answer a lot of my questions. It failed. It is written in a poetic style that is tedious and irritating; the reverse sentence structure in particular (think Yoda). Rather than give any depth, insight, or fill in the gaps, it glosses over things as if they are a given. The ME for example. Mainly it just puts the story and information we already know from Sitchin's previous books in another format. Rather than rehash all of his existing theories and information, I would hope that Sitchin would move on to explore other areas or at least uncover new info on his existing subjects. He could look into the manifestations of God in the Koran or Christian sacred texts, for example. Something a lot of the reviewers/readers seem to be confused about: this is a hypothetical story; Sitchins idea of how it might have happened. Hello! The book makes that clear in the introduction. This is the Anunnaki story written AS IF it were translated from ancient Sumerian tablets, not translated from actual ancient Sumerian tablets. One thing that I have always wondered about and that I hoped this book would adequately address is how Nibiru survives a long eliptical orbit around the sun. This books seems to explain it away by saying that Nibiru has a dense atmosphere which protects it from the variations in solar intensity that such an orbit would cause. We know that even the change of of a fraction of a degree can have major effects on the earth's climate. It is hard to believe that life could survive on Nibiru as it is defined. There may be some good explanation for this, but I have yet to read one. While initially fascinated with Sitchin's first few books, I have come to realize that his translations and interpretaions and very suspect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I somebody wants to know about his/her own creation they have to read the Lost Book of Enki.. We have been told to many lies, it was time to know the truth.
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NolanKingston More than 1 year ago
This is only the beginning of a great adventure. It opens up all the missing links in Genesis and even many other mysteries of the Bible and human history. Like the Bible, it could all be myth, but like the Bible, there is a lot of archaelogical evidence to support this story as absolute fact. In fact, it is more sustainable by evidence than biblical doctrines of creation and the history of civilization. More than anything, it's a switch from Creationism from a Christian perspective and Evolution theory from Darwinists. This story gives a much more believable perspective about our origins as human beings and the surprise manifestation of civilization on earth. I recommend all of the Earth Chronicles series beginning with "The 12th Planet" as well. Sitchen puts the weird conglomeration of Garden of Eden mythology of the Bible into a more sensible story backed up by Sumerian writings and archaelogical evidence. The stories of the creation of mankind, Abraham, Sodom and Gomorrha, and the development of human civilization is more believable from the Sumerian perspective. The Nefilim are better understood through this book as well. Like all of Sitchen's work, "The Lost Book of Enki" starts us on a tantalizing journey that will set you on the edge of your seat. The only challenge is that it is written in a format as most Semitic languages I'm familiar with. For me, reading the subject after the predicate comes second nature, but the less literate might find reading this book a bit of a challenge. With this one exception, it is fantastic reading.
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The sample looked so interesting. Too bad the books a dud. Don't waste your time and money
astro50 More than 1 year ago
usless, except for the brief at the end of each chapter