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10/11/2013 6:00:00 AM
Unthawing the mystery of the Iceman
Patrick Whitehurst/The Daily CourierAuthors Oliver Thomas and his daughter Kenda McHale sign copies of “The Mystery of the Iceman” at Hastings in Prescott last month. The two will sign copies of their new book at the Family Christian Bookstore in Prescott Valley on Oct. 18.
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Authors Oliver Thomas and his daughter Kenda McHale sign copies of “The Mystery of the Iceman” at Hastings in Prescott last month. The two will sign copies of their new book at the Family Christian Bookstore in Prescott Valley on Oct. 18.
Patrick Whitehurst
The Daily Courier

Paulden author and pastor Oliver Thomas and his daughter, writer Kenda McHale of Phoenix, spent a lot of father/daughter time digging into the past.

Their hobby? The two are fascinated by the 5,000-year-old mummy known as Otzi, found in the mountains between Italy and Austria, and the biblical figure of Cain. Otzi, according to experts, is one of the best-preserved, and oldest mummies on record.

They eventually co-authored a book on the subject. Called "Mystery of the Iceman," the book makes an argument that the iceman may in fact be the biblical figure of Cain. The book is written in such a way to allow readers

to form their own conclusions, however.

Both Thomas and McHale will visit the Family Christian Bookstore, located at 3088 N. Glassford Hill Road in Prescott Valley, for a book-signing event Friday, Oct. 18, from noon to 4 p.m.

Thomas and McHale spent five years on the project, including two years of research, before making their final product available. Their findings, published in July by WestBow Press, are now available.

The book, from WestBow Press, is available online and can be purchased in a number of countries across the world. Family Christian will have copies of the book available for purchase as well, Thomas said.

McHale, who lives in Phoenix, has been writing most of her life, according to her father.

"In my opinion, she was a prodigy. She was taking college courses when she was in 12th grade. She's a very good writer," Thomas said.

Thomas said he's made a study of biblical history over the last 15 to 20 years.

"I began to tell her stuff I found out about this and it was kind of a curiosity. We started putting two and two together and the end result was this book. She began to document and do her own research," Thomas said.

"This was just kind of a hobby that we had and it turned into this book," McHale said. "He did more research on the biblical side and I did more research on the iceman side. It was really bizarre, all the similarities that we found, with the scientific research of the iceman and the ancient historical records of Cain. There were actually about 50 different things, when we were finished, that we found."

Like the biblical accounts of Cain, Otzi also appeared to have been done in by an arrow. A head wound is also suspected, according to scientists.

"It's the oldest paleo crime scene in history, because it's pretty much the oldest body," McHale said. "It was really interesting to see that both men died the same way, both men looked like an animal at that point in time."



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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: a bc

Otzi was found 3210 m above sea level in the
Ötztal Alps in the South Tyrol region of northern Italy. That's pretty far from any of the desert areas usually associated with Bible stories (about 1700 miles as the crow flies). If he was Cain, he must have staggered quite a ways with that arrow in him! Gained some decent altitude, too!


Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: Faux News Fighter

Hmmm...

Paleo Clovis (mammoth hunter) sites - 11,500 years before present.

Iceman's death - approximately 5000 years before present (during the Holocene)

Let's just say Adam and Eve were Clovis people in New Mexico. Would that make Cain 6,500 years old when he died?

People must have lived longer back then. I'll be sure to ask them at the Creationist Museum on my next trip there, right after I visit the world's largest ball of twine.


Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: a bc

"...the book makes an argument that the iceman may in fact be the biblical figure of Cain. " Riiiight.
""It was really interesting to see that both men died the same way..." Does the Bible say Cain died by being shot by an arrow?
"...both men looked like an animal at that point in time." Wait, what? Looked like an animal? Where in the Bible does it say Cain looks like an animal? Otzi did not look like an animal. He was a bronze age man, who if you saw him today in a suit walking down the street would not draw any notice.
"...the ancient historical records of Cain." Are there any actual historical records of Cain outside the Bible?
Really, I wish the authors well, but the idea that Otzi is someone from the bible is nutty.
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” -Stephen Hawking


Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

Silly. Not Kenda or Oliver but their detractor(s).

Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013
Article comment by: Carl Sagan

I have come back to try to help you people. Remember when I said, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof"?

Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013
Article comment by: Born and Raised

From the WestBow Press website: "As a division of Thomas Nelson, WestBow Press is a trusted Christian publisher that serves as an excellent alternative to secular publishers."

Oh, that explains a lot. Research? Please.......




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