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…

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  2. Ezekiel 1:10, KJV: “As for the form of their faces, each had the face of a man; all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and all four had the face of an eagle.”

    Blumrich: “it is entirely thinkable that these beings at the time did what our pilots do so often today: paint or otherwise depict faces, birds and so on, on the nose or sides of the fuselages of their aircraft just for fun.” (Blumrich quoted in “The Space Gods Revealed” by Ronald Story, 1976, p. 20)

    That’s some A-1 biblical exegesis for ya. Story cites another wonderful bit of Blumrich wrestling with the sacred text:

    “Blumrich doctors up his Biblical quotes just a smidgeon to make them conform a little better to his spaceship interpretation. For instance, he gives Ezekiel 1:7 as, ‘Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were round.'” (Blumrich, 1973, p 54, quoted in Story, “Guardians of the Universe?” 1980, p 39).

    King James Version: “Their legs were straight and their feet were like a calf’s hoof…”

    Story: “The round foot, of course, sounds more like the foot pad of landing gear than does ‘calf foot.'” (Story, ibid)

    > 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

    Ronald Story notes that von Daniken gets around this problem by quietly deleting a few words from Ezekiel:

    “Now it came about in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened…And I looked, and behold, a storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself…” etc. (von Daniken, “Chariots of the Gods?” 1968, 54-5)

    What was replaced by that first ellipse?

    “…and I saw visions of God.”

    It’s quite hilarious when von Daniken later (p 57) asks, “Who spoke to Ezekiel?” Come on!

    Story on the deletion: “This makes quite a difference. Visions are not to be taken as literal description…” (p 17)


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  4. Both excerpts from the book and Blumrich’s complete UNESCO article can be read at The guy who wrote that site pretty much trashes Blumrich’s “interpretation”.

    Turns out the Bible Blumrich used mistranslated the “round feet” verse and the “vehicular structure” verse. Neither the original language nor other translations say that. Blumrich didn’t know Hebrew and he ignored the fact that no other translation said those.

    Blumrich says his design requires a round, child’s top shape but Ezekiel never says the chariot he saw was round.

    Blumrich says rotor tip-to-rotor tip would be about 29 meters. Ezekiel says “the glory of the Lord” was inside the Temple and Blumrich says “the glory of the Lord” means “the ship”. But the inside of Temple was only about 9 meters wide.

    Also, at one point Ezekiel says the spirit entered Ezekiel. Blumrich says “the spirit” means “the ship”.


    Musta been an ugly mess!


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