Archive | Wednesday, 15:51, January 5, 2011

Book Review: The Spaceships of Ezekiel, by Josef Blumrich

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An acquaintance and I were engaged in a rather impromptu discussion of the subject of the biblical book of Ezekiel, and in our verbal sparring he claimed, as has Erich Von Däniken, that the Old Testament book described a real, physical event, the literal visitation to the prophet by an alien spacecraft, and pointed me in the direction of this book.

It’s a work of fiction describing, sort of, the idea that there was something much more interesting going on than just the prophet being out of his ever-lovin’ tree during a mystical experience, and Josef Blumrich’s book goes into elaborate detail on the mathematics of this ‘spacecraft’s’ technical specifications, the math taking up a good portion of the book.

Well, having read Ezekiel prior to this review, I couldn’t help but note that there was no hint, no mention anywhere, in the prophet’s description of what he saw, of any relative scale, physical measurements, or any sort of quantitative descriptive terminology that would permit the alleged technical specs to be defined in any manner at all.

There was literally nothing at all in the biblical book which Blumrich could have possibly used to derive his elaborate and elegant math.

Surprisingly, this niggling detail did not impede the author’s brilliantly fertile imagination…

Could it have really happened? I doubt it. I mean, aside from the fact that’s there’s still the debatable question of the Old Testament prophet’s actual historicity, much less that ET had come a’ calling during the Bronze Age to a lone Middle Eastern patriarch to take him for a spin.

If Ezekiel did indeed exist, then given the evidence, it’s far more likely that nothing physical happened to be explained, beyond something biochemical going on in his brain at the time, and that he was simply spaced-out, instead of hitching a ride to outer space.

If you like somewhat dry, technical science fiction, then this book is for you, but with a wee bit of amphibole, I cannot recommend this book highly enough as a serious scholarly work. Read into that what you will…