PLANET KOLOB: Wrong translation or a myth?


Kolob is a star or planet described in Mormon scripture. Reference to Kolob is found in the Book of Abraham, a work that is traditionally held by adherents of the Mormon faith as having been translated from an Egyptian papyrus scroll by Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. According to this work, Kolob is the heavenly body nearest to the throne of God. While the Book of Abraham refers to Kolob as a „star”, it also refers to planets as „stars”, and therefore, some Mormon commentators consider Kolob to be a planet. The body also appears in Mormon culture, including a reference to Kolob in an LDS hymn. (SURSA)

Planet Kolob. Wrong translation or a myth?
by Steve Ramsey , PhD, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (SURSA)

The planet Kolob is mentioned in the Mormons book, where God supposed to be close to,  it is actually the star system (Sirius  Stars ) = In the holy book of Quran God  called it the (al-shi’raa ) Star system. And it is not where God reside as The mormon believe with all due respect , and they wrote it in the book of Mormon. The book of Abraham mentioned it .They translated the word kolob wrongly and called it a planet. The kolob is actually the Dog Star (Sirius).

Ararat 2100 BCThe dog in (Sumerian name, Ur-gi;),  Akkadian and  Semitic name, Kalbu / kolob / kelab. And it is well known in Babylonia and Arabian astronomers that the kalb / kolob constellation are in fact the big Dog star constellation known as Sirius. So let me take you to a journey in history and astronomy to explain for you the kolob star system . It is A Star system , to be more specific they are 2 stars.


Kolob is not planet. God do not live in it or near it as the Mormon belief. The Mormon tried very hard to hide this fact , and they say it is a metaphor example ! The book of Abraham in the Mormon holy book describe it specifically as a star named Kolob close to throne of God. Based on translation done by Joseph Smith to some of the old Egyptian papyrus that  was stolen from Egypt by USA man and sold in Ohio USA along with a full mummy. Joseph Smith mistranslated the egyptian papyrus scroll hieroglyphic writing and the star Kolob or kalbo is in fact the star system Sirius.


The Mormons do not know if it is a star or planet ! Many Mormon’s scholars had a mix view of this star system, some call it a planet while others call it a star.

Both groups are just guessing. It is not a planet for sure, and they are 2 stars and not one. (Sirius binary stars system.The dog star system. Kolob.) =Or  al-shi’raa. Also known colloquially as the „Dog Star”, reflecting its prominence in its constellation, Canis Major  (Big Dog).

These are the 2 binary stars turning around each other it is not kolob and it is not God and God do not reside in them.It is one system 2 stars ( Alshar’a).or = the Sirius system.and it is called The Dog star.( Kolob) or kaleb means the dog star in Sumerian, Akkadian and Arabic.Kolb or maklob means came from the dog later become Kalb. Kalb is singular, kelab =plural ,kolob are fractional plural .Kolob also means the back stars ,the distant star.God called it Alsh’ara In the holy book of Quran = means the star with magnificent and prominence Ray beam and light. It is taken From (Shi3 ) meaning the Ray and the word (Raa ) means magnificent .

Reference to Kolob is found in the book of Abraham,a work published by Latter Day Saint (LDS) Joseph Smith JR. According to his work, Kolob is the heavenly planet nearest to the throne of God,residence of God , the house of God. While the Book of Abraham refers to Kolob as a “star”, it also refers to planets as stars,and therefore, some LDS commentators consider Kolob to be a Planet.Other Latter Day Saints (commonly referred to as Mormons) consider Kolob to be a Christian metaphor to hide these mistakes.

Kolob the mormons planet has never been identified with any modern astronomical object and is not recognized as an ancient concept by modern Egyptology.Kolob is rarely discussed in modern LDS religious contexts, but it is periodically a topic of discussion in criticism of Mormonism. Kolob is also the inspiration for the planet Kobol within the Battlestar Galactica that was created by Glen A .Larson, a Mormon Writer.

Kolob according to Joseph Smith. Critics interpret this as an altered figure of a creator god. Why I know this planet is actually Sirius star ( the Dog star ), ( kolob /kalbo). as known the Big dog star system.

Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. With a visual apparent magnitude of -1.46, it is almost twice as bright as Canopus, the next brightest star.

The name „Sirius” is derived from the Ancient Greek Seirios („glowing” or „scorcher”), or from the holy book of Quran (al-shi’raa  ) , The star has the Bayer designation Alpha Canis Majoris. What the naked eye perceives as a single star is actually a binary star system, consisting of a white main sequence star of spectral type A1V, termed Sirius A, and a faint white dwarf companion of spectral type DA2, termed Sirius B. The distance separating Sirius A from its companion varies between 8.1 and 31.5 AU.

Sirius appears bright because of both its intrinsic luminosity and its proximity to Earth. At a distance of 2.6 parsecs (the Sirius system is one of Earth’s near neighbors. Sirius A is about twice as massive as the Sun and has an absolute visual magnitude of 1.42. It is 25 times more luminous than the Sun but has a significantly lower luminosity than other bright stars such as Canopus and Rigel.

The system is between 200 and 300 million years old. Almost same time when our moon split from earth .It was originally composed of two bright bluish stars. The more massive of these, Sirius B, consumed its resources and became a red giant before shedding its outer layers and collapsing into its current state as a white dwarf around 120 million years ago.

Sirius can be seen from almost every inhabited region of the Earth’s surface (those living north of 73.284 degrees cannot see it) and, in the Northern Hemisphere, is known as a vertex of the Winter Triangle. The best time of year to view it is around January 1, when it reaches the meridian at midnight. Under the right conditions, Sirius can be observed in daylight with the naked eye. Ideally the sky must be very clear, with the observer at a high altitude, the star passing overhead, and the sun low down on the horizon.

The 8 stars. Sirius is also known colloquially as the „Dog Star”, kalbo, kelab, kolob,kalb al akbar , etc, reflecting its prominence in its constellation, Canis Major (Big Dog). The heliacal rising of Sirius marked the flooding of the Nile in Ancient Egypt and the „dog days” of summer for the ancient Greeks, while to the Polynesians it marked winter.

In the oldest story from Iraq The Epic of Gilgamesh from ancient Mesopotamia (dated to 2150-1400 BCE), dogs appear in an elevated role as the companions of one of the most popular goddesses of the region; the goddess Inanna (IshtarI) travels with seven prized hunting dogs. In the famous Descent of Innana (a story considered older than and not a part of Gilgamesh) in which the goddess goes down into the underworld, her husband, Dumuzi, keeps domesticated dogs as part of his royal retinue. Dogs featured prominently in the everyday life of the Mesopotamians. The historian Wolfram Von Soden notes this in his writing.

Canis Major; it is from the Orion family stars. They are 8 stars. shape like a dog/ kalbo.the brightest and nearest to earth is the star system Sirius the dog star.

The (Adhara) is the second brightest star of the constellation and the brightest source of extreme harmful ultraviolet radiation, the name ADHARA is an Arabic Simatic name means ( THE HARMFUL ) Now how the Arabic and the Babylonians knows that this star is harmful is the most amazing thing yet to be discovered.

Next in brightness are the yellow-white supergiant Delta (Wezen) at 1.8, the blue-white giant Beta (Mirzam) at 2.0, blue-white supergiants Eta (Aludra) at 2.4 and Omicron 1 at 3.0, and white spectroscopic binary Zeta (Furud), also at 3.0. The red hypergiant  VY Canis Majoris is one of the largest known stars . In the second century, it was included in Ptolemy’s 48 constellations, and is counted among the 88 modern constellations.

Its name is Latin for „greater dog” or in semantic, Akkadian and Arabic is KALBO, KALBO, KELAB, KOLOB al kalbi al Akbar. in contrast to Canis minor , the „lesser dog”;al kalbi al asghar. both figures are commonly represented as following the constellation of Orion the hunter through the sky.

In ancient Iraq (sumerian , babylonian and akkadian) Sirius, named KAK.SI.DI by the Babylonians, was seen as an arrow aiming towards Orion, while the southern stars of Canis Major and a part of puppis were viewed as a bow, named BAN .

In Greek Mythology, Canis Major represented the dog Laelaps , a gift from Zeus to Europa.

The Roman myth refers to Canis Major as Custos Europae, the dog guarding Europa but failing to prevent her abduction by Jupiter in the form of a bull.

In Chinese astronomy the modern constellation of Big dog lies in the Vermilion Bird (南方朱雀, Nán Fāng Zhū Què), where the stars were classified in several separate stars.

The two stars system orbits each other every 50 years. Their closest approach last occurred in 1993 and they will be at their greatest separation between 2020 and 2025. Seven star systems have been found to have planets. NU2 BIG DOG. is an ageing orange giant of spectral type K 1 III of apparent magnitude 3.91 located around 64 light-years distant. This system also called in diffrent names such as ;

Spirit of Wisdom – in Zoroastrian Translation.
Brightly Radiating One – The shining star

When a star like our sun gets to be very old, after another seven billion years or so, it will no longer be able to sustain burning its nuclear fuel. With only about half of the its mass remaining, it will shrink to a fraction of its radius and become a white dwarf star. White dwarfs are common, the most famous one being the companion to the brightest star in the sky, Sirius.

Although they are common and represent the final stage of our own sun, astronomers still do not understand their full range of character, or the parameters that determine what they ultimately become. One reason is that many white dwarfs are, like the companion of Sirius, located in binary systems in which the companion stars influence the details of how they age.Some ancient observations of Sirius describe it as a red star. To the Romans this meant an angry god, and they are known to have sacrificed red dogs to this star.

Egypt. during the era of the Middle Kingdom, Egyptians based their calendar on the heliacal rising of Sirius, namely the day it becomes visible just before sunrise after moving far enough away from the glare of the Sun.  Sirius was both the most important star of ancient Egyptian astronomy, and one of the Decans (star groups into which the night sky was divided, with each group appearing for ten days annually) .

Africa – Dogon. The Dogon describe this ‘star’ specifically as having a circle of reddish rays around it, and this circle of rays is ‘like a spot spreading’ but remaining the same size. The Dogon are a West African tribe who have known about, and worshipped, Sirius A and its twin the invisible star Sirius B, for the past 5,000 years. They are have also been aware of the planets circle the sun in elliptical orbits, the four moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. They call the star system KOLOBO. They say that Sirius B is immensely heavy, invisible, very small, yet extremely powerful.

Their understanding of the two stars’ orbits coincides exactly with modern astronomical findings, yet was arrived at thousands of years before it was scientifically proven. They also claim that a third star Emme Ya – Sorghum Female – exists in the Sirius system. Larger and lighter than Sirius B, this star revolves around Sirius A as well. LIKE 3 STAR’S SYSTEM. Yet to be discovered. They believe Sirius ( kolobo ) to be the axis of the universe, and from it all matter and all souls are produced in a great spiral DNA.

Greece. The ancient Greeks observed that the appearance of Sirius heralded the hot and dry summer, and feared that it caused plants to wilt, men to weaken, and women to become aroused. Due to its brightness, Sirius would have been noted to twinkle more in the unsettled weather conditions of early summer.Coins retrieved from the island from the 3rd century BC feature dogs or stars with emanating rays, highlighting Sirius’ importance.

The Romans celebrated the heliacal setting of Sirius around April 25, sacrificing a dog, along with incense, wine, and a sheep, to the goddess Robigo so that the star’s emanations would not cause wheat rust on wheat crops that year.

This star descends from heaven to him and is described as having a very ‘potent essence’ and being „the God of heaven”. Gilgamesh had for his companions, 50 oarsmen in the great ship, Argo, a constellation bordering Canis Major, where Sirius is found.

The holy book of  Qur’an ; The Quran mentions Sirius in Surah 53, An-Najm („The Star”), of the Qur’an, where it is given the name (al-shi’raa.) The verse is „That He is the Lord of Sirius (the Mighty shining Star).” (53:49)


Bright stars were important to the ancient Polynesians for navigation between the many islands and atolls of the Pacific Ocean. Low on the horizon, they acted as stellar compasses to assist mariners in charting courses to particular destinations. They also served as latitude markers; the declination of Sirius matches the latitude of the archipelago of Fiji at 17¡S and thus passes directly over the islands each night.

Indians – North America and Alaska

Several cultures also associated the star with a bow and arrows. Many nations among the indigenous peoples of North America also associated Sirius with canines; the Seri and Tohono O’odham of the southwest note the star as a dog that follows mountain sheep, while the Blackfoot called it „Dog-face”. The Cherokee paired Sirius with Antares as a dog-star guardian of either end of the „Path of Souls”. The Pawnee of Nebraska had several associations; the Wolf (Skidi) tribe knew it as the „Wolf Star”, while other branches knew it as the „Coyote Star”.

Further north, the Alaskan Inuit of the Bering Strait called it „Moon Dog”.

Nearly two decades later, on January 31, 1862, American telescope-maker and astronomer Alvan Graham Clark first observed the faint companion, which is now called Sirius B, or affectionately „the Pup”. This happened during testing of a 18.5 inch aperture great refractor telescope for Dearborn Observatory, which was the largest refracting telescope lens in existence at the time, and the largest telescope in America. In 1920 the first spectrum of Sirius B was obtained at Mount Wilson Observatory. Sirius B although small and faint and about 10,000 times dimmer than Sirius A is extremely dense and heavy enough to exert influence on Sirius A. The pull of its gravity caused Sirius’ wavy movement. In 2005, using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers determined that Sirius B has nearly the diameter of the Earth, 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles), with a mass that is 98% of the Sun.


In Theosophy, it is believed the Seven Stars of the Pleiades transmit the spiritual energy of the Seven Rays from the Galactic Logos to the Seven Stars of the Great Bear, then to Sirius. From there is it sent via the Sun to the god of Earth (Sanat Kumara), and finally through the seven Masters of the Seven Rays to the human race. The Mormons book of Abraham decriped the Star ;

I „saw the stars, that they were very great, and that one of them was nearest unto the throne of God; and the name of the great one is Kolob, because it is near unto me, for I am the Lord thy God: I have set this one to govern all those which belong to the same order as that upon which thou standest.”. Now here in Arabic this will be QALB AND QOLOB = KOLOB and it means the heart of things,the hearts of men, close to my heart, It could be a symbol of the heart of the universe?  near my heart, there is difference between kolob and qolob . The sirius sytem is also consider to be the heart of the constellations.

To the Mormons „Kolob, signifying the first creation, nearest to the celestial, or the residence of God. First in government, the last pertaining to the measurement of time. The measurement according to celestial time, which celestial time signifies one day to a cubit. One day in Kolob is equal to a thousand years according to the measurement of this earth, which is called by the Egyptians Jah-oh-eh.” jahova.

The Book of Abraham describes a hierarchy of heavenly bodies, including the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun, each with different movements and measurements of time, where at the pinnacle, the slowest-rotating body is Kolob, where one Kolob-day corresponds to 1000 earth-years.This is stolen from the Quran and the old testament where God mentioned that one day in God count equal to 1000 years of human years.  This is similar to psalm 90;4 which says that „For a thousand years in [God’s] sight are but as yesterday when it is past” and 2 peter 3;8.which says, „one day is with the Lord as a thousand years”.

Mormon exegesis and speculation

According to the traditional, literal Mormon interpretation of the Book of Abraham, Kolob is an actual star or planet in this universe that is, or is near, the physical throne of God. According to Smith, this star was discovered by Methuselah and Abraham by looking through the Urim and thummim,  a set of divine stones bound into a pair of spectacles. LDS Church leader and historian  interpreted Smith’s statements to mean that our solar system and its governing „planet” (the Sun) revolved around a star known as Kae-e-vanrash, which itself revolved with its own solar system around a star called Kli-flos-is-es or Hah-ko-kau-beam, which themselves revolve around Kolob, which he characterized as „the great centre of that part of the universe to which our planetary system belongs”.Roberts was confident that this hierarchy of stars orbiting other stars would be confirmed by astronomers.

Birthplace for the earth

According to several Mormon writers (such as Cleon Skousen in his book The First 2000 Years), the earth was created near Kolob over a period of 6000 years, and then moved to its present position in our solar system. This hypothesis is based on oral comments attributed to Smith.The hypothesis is also based on a passage from the Book of Abraham stating that in the garden of eden, time was measured „after the Lord’s time, which was after the time of Kolob; for as yet the Gods had not appointed to Adam his reckoning”. According to the hypothesis, the reason that Earth time was measured in Kolob time was because the earth was physically located near Kolob. As a corollary, some Mormon writers argue that at the end times. the earth will be plucked from the solar system and returned to its original orbit near Kolob.!

Another Mormon author has hypothesized that Kolob exists outside the Milky Way Galaxy at a place called the „metagalactic center”, and that this galaxy and other galaxies rotate around it. Within mainstream astronomy, the idea of a metagalactic center was once assumed, but has been abandoned because on large scales, the expanding universe has no gravitational center. Another Mormon author has speculated that Kolob is Polaris.

Metaphorical exegesis

In addition to the literal interpretation of Kolob as an actual heavenly body, the LDS Church has proposed that Kolob is also „a symbol of Jesus „, in that like Kolob, Jesus „governs” all the stars and planets similar to the earth. According to Fawn Brodie,Smith’s idea of Kolob may have been derived from the „throne of God” idea found in Thomas Dick’s The Philosophy of a Future State,which Brodie said Smith „had recently been reading” before dictating the Book of Abraham, and which „made a lasting impression” on him.

by Steve Ramsey , PhD, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (SURSA)

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