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The Four-Faced Visitors of Ezekiel by Arthur W. Orton is an intriguing and thought-provoking book that explores the enigmatic and oft-overlooked accounts within the Book of Ezekiel. Orton takes readers on a captivating journey filled with historical research, analysis, and theological interpretations to shed light on the enigmatic beings described by the prophet.

One of the highlights of this book is the meticulous attention to detail that Orton employs to deconstruct the symbolic significance of the four-faced visitors. He dives deep into the historical context and archaeological evidence of ancient Mesopotamia, examining the religious and mythological beliefs existing during Ezekiel's time. This comprehensive approach enables readers to gain a better understanding of the cultural backdrop against which Ezekiel's visions unfold.

Orton's extensive knowledge in theology and comparative religion is evident throughout the book. He masterfully weaves together various religious narratives and ancient texts, drawing connections between different belief systems and their potential influence on Ezekiel's visions. This interdisciplinary approach not only enriches the analysis but also encourages readers to broaden their perspectives on the subject matter.

Moreover, Orton's writing style is highly accessible, making even complex ideas and theories easily understandable for readers with limited background knowledge in theology or ancient history. He strikes a fine balance between providing a comprehensive analysis and maintaining an engaging narrative that holds the reader's attention throughout.

One aspect that could be improved, however, is the occasional repetition of certain arguments and examples. While reinforcing key concepts is essential for readers' comprehension, the repetition, at times, feels redundant and could have been better managed.

Overall, The Four-Faced Visitors of Ezekiel is a captivating read that sheds light on an often overlooked part of biblical literature. Orton's expertise, meticulous research, and engaging writing style make this book an excellent resource for those interested in deepening their understanding of the Book of Ezekiel and the fascinating beings described within it. Whether one approaches this book from a theological, historical, or purely intellectual standpoint, it offers great value and sparks intriguing avenues of thought.

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This etext was produced from Analog Science Fact & Fiction March 1961. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.






Ezekiel, they say, "saw de wheel" but he saw somewhat more than that. And Orton suggests that what he saw made perfectly good sense ... to the understanding!

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We are told from our Sunday School days that the Bible is a "living book," the oldest of man's written works that is read and used anew, from generation to generation. It remains "living" because we are able to find new meaning to fit our daily lives. Although it is not the usual kind of new meaning, I believe that I have found something of the sort in the very old prophesies of Ezekiel.

Bible scholars have long recognized the first chapter of Ezekiel as a strange and nearly unfathomable account of a vision. I suggest that it is strange only because it is written by a man far removed from us in time and experience, about a subject totally unfamiliar to men of his time... Continue reading book >>

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