Note that much of what you find written online about the Kolbrin is pure sensationalized fabrication. Marshall Masters stole the manuscript for the Kolbrin from the Culdian Trust (its rightful owners), renamed it “The Kolbrin Bible” (it makes no claims of its own to be a Bible), republished it under his own name and then marketed it to catastrophism planet X fanatics as a End Times book (of which it says little). In reality, the Kolbrin is simply a published compilation of an assortment of ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian scriptures hidden and passed down from generation to generation in Great Britain. It is precisely what one might expect of ancient translated documents–and its existence is highly relevant to Book of Mormon scholarship.
The Kolbrin, is essentially the ‘Book of Mormon’ for Great Britain. Much like the Book of Mormon, it claims to come from a large collection of manuscripts and tablets engraven on metallic plates by ancient spiritual leaders/historians, taken to Great Britain from the Middle East some time around 700-400 BC. The book is predominantly composed of spiritual material but also contains a small amount of history. The earliest manuscripts in the book appear to have been written in Egypt some time just before the time of Moses by a religious cult referred to as “the sons of light”. Members of this organization immigrated from Egypt to Britain some during the first millennium BC and remained a cohesive unit until they were converted to Christianity just after the death of Christ. These records were then handed down through some type of hermetic order until persecution devastated the order and destroyed many of the manuscripts during the Romanization and later Christianization of Britain between 400-1100 AD. The book, much like the Book of Mormon is already the source of deep controversy. Skeptics, such as the authors of RationalWiki, claim the book to be a clever forgery. These authors show no evidence of ever having read the book or really taking it seriously. Much like the Book of Mormon, early skeptics called the book a hoax. But as more and more evidence of ancient origins come to light, some skeptics have changed their tune— now suggesting the historically accurate aspects of the text must have been forged from other ancient texts. In reality, the text is EXACTLY what one might expect from ancient translated documents, and their contents and history are incredibly relevant to any Book of Mormon scholarship. Their mere existence, in light of the hermetic order which claims to have guarded these records through the centuries gives legitimacy to the idea that similar ancient hermetic group guarded North American records brought from the Middle East as well. Also of interest is the striking similarities between the many of the myths and stories found in these ancient documents and those found in ancient native American cultures. As well as the secrecy guarding its coming forth.
(excerpt taken from “thekolbrin.com”)
Although the last major spiritual writings in the Kolbrin date to around the second century AD, the modern publishing of the Kolbrin are said to be traced back to a large collection of manuscripts salvaged from Glastonbury Abbey during an arson attack that was intended to destroy them. It was the time of history when there was a great suppression of monasterys. As fate would have it, the once considered heretical works were transcribed on bronze tablets by the religious druids of the time. Since they were thought to be destroyed during the fire, they were preserved in secrecy.
Since then, much of the original text was lost or destroyed due to the passage of time, their environment, and human error. Each caretaker though, has gone to painstaking efforts to preserve what was left and to fill in the gaps with the correct knowledge in order to preserve the original meaning. During the early fourteenth century, John Culdy, the leader of a small community in Scotland, owned The Kolbrin and took steps to ensure its survival beyond his care.
The Kolbrin eventually became known as The Bronzebook of Britain, and the contents of additional salvaged manuscripts known as The Coelbook were later incorporated into it to form the modern version. In the early parts of the twentieth century, the responsibility of The Kolbrin’s preservation rested with a small religious group in England that never gained much power due their very restrictive membership requirements.
The current custodian is The Culdian Trust, which was formed in 1980. The Culdian Trust inherited The Kolbrin and other books when the Hope Trust was deregistered around 1995 in accordance with its constitution. Around 1992, an elderly man from the Hope Trust who is now deceased put together the current draft from the originals. His character, reputation and relatives are still living. He was an extremely private man while alive and the trust are respecting his wishes with regard to continued privacy.
The Culdian Trust members were not allowed to see the original manuscripts on which the most recent version of The Kolbrin was derived, nor do they understand how they came into the elderly man’s possession or where he sent the originals upon completion. They believe, based on speculation, that he may have been a member of a hermetic order probably based in England, so the original manuscripts may have gone back there. Despite the continued ambiguity of The Kolbrin’s origins, a Culdian Trust representative that knew the man for approximately twenty years held him in high regard and found him to be a man of extremely high integrity.
Much like the Book of Mormon, it would appear that guardians of the metal and paper manuscripts upon which the book came, are purposefully withholding any physical scientific evidence of the ancient record from the world.
Relics Passed Down with the Books
Those familiar with Joseph Smith’s description of the items he found within the cement container which housed the golden plates might find this excerpt included in the Kolbrin familiar. It describes the items passed along with this ancient record…
“When I was young my grand-father told me that the Kolbrin had been brought back to light by his grand-father’s people in the place known to them as Futeril Cairn, beyond the pool of Pantlyn at Carclathan by way of Gwendwor in Wales.”
“I remember him saying it was originally written in the old alphabet of thirty-six letters. The books were stored in a tinker’s budget box, the lid of which was not hinged but held with flanges and lifted off after being heated, a cunning device of the wayfaring tinkers [Traveling MetalSmiths]. It was also secured with pins and stirrups. There were goblin heads at the corners and it was fastened by locking bars inside and out. I never saw it, nor did I know anyone who knew whether it still existed.”
“I remember being told that inside the box was a clear glass roundish ball about the size of a large apple, which at one spot reflected all the colours of the rainbow. It was encased in a precious cagework inside a protective cover of horny hide which had raised swellings, the like of which my grand-father had never seen before. He knew a lot about animals and their hides, but could not tell what this was; he thought it might have been the hide of some kind of large, horny snakelike creature such as those which live in deep lakes.”
“There were two stones of dullish glass like rainstones, one being whitish at one end. Each was oval in shape and somewhat flattened and tapered towards one end. Grand-mother used to tell fortunes with these and they went to cousin Sarah in America. There were two other pieces of rounded glass set in something made of bone which had pretty designs engraved on it. The bone setting was falling apart and was of no conceivable use. There was also a bluish coloured cross with an opening at the top and its arms were forked at the ends. This was fastened by a small chain curiously worked, to piece of round brass about the size of a small plate which was engraved with figured, of which a bird, a wand, two billhooks, a whip and some heads could be made out. There were beads of blue and red and a brooch shaped like a hook and made of gold. There was a acorn-like cap such as Flamens wear.”
“There was also a longish brass object like a knife, with engraving, in a wrapping of rotten wood. That is all there was, except for the books which were not like books at all. I do not know what became of the other items. I saw the glass ball once when I was a small child but cannot remember much about it, except that it was hollow at one end and when I put a finger in the hollow it felt warm.”
It would almost seem that both the Kolbrin and Book of Mormon were preserved using the same interesting protocol. Each containing a record, a knife/sword, a shield of some sort and some type of seer stones or crystals to aid mystics in “translating”. In LDS and Jewish tradition there were multiple “seer stones” like the Urim and Thumim given by God (or might we presume, higher beings of some sort?) to man in the early days of civilization. As the Book of Mormon says concerning the seer stones they found of the Jaredites… “I will prepare unto my servant Gazelem, a stone, which shall shine forth in darkness unto light, that I may discover unto my people who serve me, that I may discover unto them the works of their brethren, yea, their secret works, their works of darkness, and their wickedness and abominations. And now, my son, these interpreters were prepared that the word of God might be fulfilled…” (Alma 37:23–24). It has been said by some sources that these stones were made of crystal and were fashioned to use the natural properties of these crystals to enhance the “psychic” or revelatory abilities of one with spiritual gifts (the ability to communicate with the dead or across dimensional boundaries? See Law of One, Crystals). This is likely where the idea of gypsies with “crystal balls” came from and why in this account the author accounts that his grandmother used these to “tell fortunes”. In the Book of Mormon, Ammon warns of this type of misuse of seer stones saying, “no man can look in them except he be commanded, lest he should look for that he ought not and he should perish” (Alma 37:23).
Content of the Kolbrin
Much like the Old Testament, The supposed Jaredite Plates, and Oahspe, The Kolbrin starts with a creation story. Although it shares similar aspects with the Bible account it gives several versions and uses very different wording. The sophistication of the language has more of an eastern flavor than most ancient western creation accounts.
-It also contains an account of a Global Flood of sorts and of the Israeli exodus in very, very different format and style than those given in the bible (these accounts are from an Egyptian perspective).
-The account of the destruction and recreation by flood and fire shares similarities to both the biblical noah’s flood and the Mayan account of the same events. (interestingly enough, one of these chapters is entitled “Maya and Lila”).
-Much is spoken of Osiris and other early Egyptian myths. Many late period gnostics adapted these myths into Israel’s Abraham. Comparison of these ancient texts with early Jewish, later gnostic, or the channelings of Joseph Smith on Abraham may give insight into possible truths which often lie behind ancient mythos and the modern cultural adaptations.
-One can find evidence suggesting that the Kolbrin’s story of Hurmanetar is actually an ancient Egyptian version of the Akkadian epic Gilgamesh in this article. Hurmanetar as Gilgamesh.
-One can find evidence suggesting that the Kolbrin’s account of the pharaoh Nabihaton is actually the historical Akhenaten in this article.
-Pharaoh Nafohia could be Nefaarud, known to have ruled after Egypt’s revolt of Persia’s king Darius.
-‘Pharaoh Athmos’ mention in Sons of Fire 6:9, is likely Pharaoh Ahmose of the 18the dynasty who ruled around 1550 BC. The Kolbrin also mentions that sometime after “Egypt was at war with the Abramites for their great red-headed king had committed adultery with the wife of a prince of Paran”. This could possibly be a reference to some Judge or faction of the early Israelite nation.
-The accounts of “Hiram” could possibly be referring to Hiram of Tyre, or some other Mediterranean King with this popular ancient name.
-Many other correlations can be drawn between Egyptian pharaohs mentioned in the Kolbrin and Historically verified accounts of Egyptian history.
-The death of “Okther 165 years ago” could refer to Octha, founder of Saxon Kent. This would give 677 AD minus 165 = 512; Octha’s death date is unknown, usually put at 522 or later. But he is not mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and in British sources like Nennius seems to be earlier, taking over from his father (or grandfather) the legendary Saxon leader Hengist after 488 AD.
-However, we also have a date of 677 AD as year 2 of Ketwin’s kingship of West Saxondom and year 14 of Ardwulf’s reign over the East Saxons. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle has a ‘Centwine’ ruling Wessex 677-, yielding 678. Ardwulf is not the name of any recorded Anglo-Saxon king, but there was an Aldwulf ruling East Anglia from 663/4-, which would give us a writing date of 677/678 AD.
“The “fourth year in the reign of Lothir, king of all the Kents” leads us to Kentish king Hlothhere (Latin Clotharius or Lotharius) who acceded 674/675, yielding a date of 678-9.
-There are various similar mentions in both Manuscripts 6 and in the Admonitions/Lament of Ipuwer.
In the last 15 years since its publishing, the Kolbrin has gained an often cult-like following of supporters and defenders. Much like the Book of Mormon, these followers use their own cultural knowledge to attempt to find parallels between things found in the book and modern historical knowledge. See the Culdian Message Boards for examples.
Find more information about the Kolbrin here at the Culdian Trust
Read the Kolbrin here
There is also a version on archive.org here