posted on Dec, 30 2005 @ 09:35 AM
There's several other reasons that make the "ancient computer" an unlikely scenario.
Remember, that back then people were illiterate -- shockingly so. Within any town, only one or two people could actually read (and the ruler might
not necessarily be able to read... they had scholars to read ad write for them.) Spelling wasn't standardized, nor was grammar (spelling doesn't
get standardized until the 1600's or so... and even the spelling of Shakespeare's name varied quite a bit:
Language didn't standardize until we had mass-production printing (Gutenberg press) and pronunciation didn't standardize until the age of radio.
It's not terribly standard now, but it's getting a bit better.
Modern (or futuristic) computer commands would have been beyond them. The alphabet we use would be incomprehensible symbols to them, and the letters
we use don't translate into the sounds of their language.
And as someone mentioned, the infrastuctre isn't there. No batteries, and most importantly no climate and dust control. Computers fail quickly in
dry, dusty, desert areas.
But oracles were popular places to go, so we do have some ancient writers setting down information about how they operated -- and there are Biblical
and Jewish texts that also talk about the Ark.
You have to mangle the texts very badly to fit the "it was really a computer/CD rom" model -- and you also have to ignore everything we know about
the civilizations of the time.