The Spaceships of Ezekiel
Are there Flying Saucers in the Bible?


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Chapter 7

Text, Author and Report (Part B)

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    So far we have discussed in great detail the relationships between Ezekiel's book and its underlying technical conditions. We now want to proceed to a treatment of the report as a whole in the light of the knowledge we have acquired. In the course of our investigation we have come across peculiarities in the text structure of those parts of the report which were the object of our scrutiny. They can be classified in three categories: localized confusion, incompleteness, and unmotivated changes of theme. The last category is probably a direct result of the other two. However, within the framework of this book we are not interested in clarifying this particular point, but rather in the consequences and questions arising out of the existence of these peculiarities. Therefore we can confine ourselves simply to pointing out their existence, which we will do by mentioning relevant examples only. In so doing, we will notice that some of these discrepancies can come to light only through our disclosure of the actual events.  [p.110] 

    From this point of view the most striking feature of the book are those passages where the order of presentation is very confused, many of which will be apparent to even a casual reader. Sentences, verses, and repetitions occur variously without any correlation with either the preceding or the following parts of the text. We come across such inserts already in the first Chapter. For example, let us look at the following passage:


Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus:


Their wings touched one another; they went every one straight forward, without turning as they went.


As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man in front; the four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of a bull on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle at the back.

    The second part of Verse 8 and the whole of Verse 9 are undeniably at the wrong place here, and they interrupt the continuity of the description. On the other hand, Verse 9 itself is again subdivided. Let us consider its second passage which reads: 


. . . they went every one straight forward, without turning as they went.

    The same statement is suddenly repeated in Verses 12 and 17:


And each went straight forward; wherever the spirit would make them go, they went, without turning as they went.


When they went, they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went.

    And finally it occurs again in Verses 19 to 21 of the same Chapter 1.

    But the most extended confusion of the text is encountered in Chapter 10. Here not only the basic action becomes mixed with structural descriptions, but the technical descriptions themselves are again incoherent, uneven, and repetitive. The high degree of lack of continuity in the text structure can best be illustrated by the following graph indicating the numbers of the verses in juxtaposition with their contents. The table shows us the following picture:  [p.111] 

Juxtaposition of Verse Number and Contents


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