Continuing on in the Introduction:

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If one turns to the ancient literature of the Semitic religions, to the Chaldean Scriptures, the elder sister and instructress, if not the fountainhead of the Mosaic Bible, the basis and starting-point of Christianity, what do the scholars find? To perpetuate the memory of the ancient religions of Babylon; to record the vast cycle of astronomical observations of the Chaldean Magi; to justify the tradition of their splendid and eminently occult literature, what now remains?—only a few fragments, said to be by Berosus.

    These, however, are almost valueless, even as a clue to the character of what has disappeared. For they passed through the hands of his Reverence the Bishop of Cæsarea—that self-constituted censor and editor of the sacred records of other men’s religions—and they doubtless bear to this day the mark of his eminently veracious and trustworthy hand. For what is the history of this treatise on the once grand religion of Babylon? 

    Written in Greek by Berosus, a priest of the temple of Belus, for Alexander the Great, from the astronomical and chronological records preserved by the priests of that temple, and covering a period of 200,000 years, it is now lost. In the first century B.C. Alexander Polyhistor made a series of extracts from it—also lost. Eusebius used these extracts in writing his Chronicon (270—340 A.D.). The points of resemblance—almost of identity—between the Jewish and the Chaldean Scriptures,* made the latter most dangerous to Eusebius, in his rôle of defender and champion of the new faith which had adopted the Jewish Scriptures, and with them an absurd chronology. It is pretty certain that Eusebius did not spare the Egyptian Synchronistic tables of Manetho—so much so that Bunsen charges him with mutilating history most unscrupulously. And Socrates, a historian of the fifth century, and Syncellus, vice-patriarch of Constantinople (eighth century), both denounce him as the most daring and desperate forger.
Is it likely, then, that he dealt more tenderly with the Chaldean records, which were already menacing the new religion, so rashly accepted?
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* Found out and proven only now, through the discoveries made by George Smith (vide his “Chaldean account of Genesis”), and which, thanks to this Armenian forger, have misled all the civilized nations for over 1,500 years into accepting Jewish derivations for direct Divine Revelation!

 Bunsen’s “Egypt’s Place in History,” vol. i. p. 200

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there's a lot of stuff, now - a lot of rich material - I think the Berosus bits check out fairly OK - although Eusebius is quite unreliable to be sure - now the problem is funding the translations, preservations, etc... a lot of untranslated material - I think there's a lot work being done in Scandanavia,...

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I think this illustrates something of importance. While there are many cases of the masters themselves purposefully withdrawing works (as in the previous SD group discussion), there are also many cases of works that were purposefully mutilated by others, usually by one or more dogmatic religious institution with narrow self-interests to protect. Underlying this seems to be the "battle" between the Brotherhood and the dugpas/mammons/etc.. Every effort of the Brotherhood to shed light is counterbalanced by an effort by their counterparts to create shadows. So we have works removed for beneficent reasons (because too much knowledge with low moral development is dangerous, etc.) and we have works removed or altered for negative reasons (in efforts to purposely warp and restrict human thinking).

The brahmins stripping down the Upanishads is an example of the latter (their response to Gautama Buddha's teachings). The withdrawal of Lao-Tse's teachings would seem to be an example of the former. The christian church's purposeful burning of works and re-writing of others is an example of the latter. The holding back of the Chaldean Book of Numbers would seem to be an example of the former. Etc.

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Thank you Wes for suggesting I put the page number on the discussion post.  My bad.  I have included it at the top.  Thank you

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