The Broken Bible: Picking Up The Extraterrestrial Pieces: Part I: The Old Testament, by John E. Chitty
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Author’s Den. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
Beyond all expectation, this is not the first book I have read that engages in speculation concerning extraterrestrials in the Bible , nor is this even the first book that has connected the sightings of little gray men and supposed UFOs to the activity of Satan and his demons . This might be taken sensibly enough as all the evidence one needs to prove that I read too many books, especially too many very odd books, and that would certainly be true. Even so, I expected to find this book as something ridiculous and found it to be something worthy of serious thought. The author’s approach to the Bible is one that many people share, even if their contents are far more conventional than this one. The author, for whatever reason, considers the Bible to be broken, and mines the Bible (as well as a lot of esoteric extrabiblical literature like the Book of Enoch and others) for language that can be viewed as metaphorical for various craft and superpowered weapons, rather than looking at the Bible as having anything to say about his own brokenness. If this book is extremely odd, it is odd from very common premises that see the Bible as a fertile ground for one’s own speculations and ideas rather than as an authority in one’s life.
This book, in over 350 pages, manages to briefly (!) cover supposed interactions with God, the angels, and demons as highly advanced human-like species with immensely complicated technologies from the biblical material in the Old Testament. At several points the author states that books could be written about certain things, and one getes the sense that such books may be written and published by the author in the future if time permits. The chapters of the book cover material like Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Kings & Chronicles, Ezekiel, and Isaiah & Jeremiah. The author also intersperses material from Job and the Psalms. The approach is fairly similar throughout, with the author looking at the Bible through the lens of his perspective and interests and seeking to interpret passes analogically as if the various ancients of biblical times simply lacked the language to describe the advanced technologies they were seeing, which they described as best as they could. This is, it should be noted, the way that contemporary futurists view the book of Revelation. The author even admits at least some of the times he engages in speculation, which is something to appreciate even if the author’s conclusions are highly unconventional, to put it very mildly.
There is a certain type of reader that I can recommend this book to. If you like unconventional books that are written from the perspective of the contemporary and that mind the Bible for evidence to support personal theories, this book may be something viewed as entertaining or enlightening. This book is one of those books where your appreciation of it will depend either on you agreeing or at least understanding his presuppositions. I happen to disagree with his presuppositions and approach, but it is an approach at least that I understand, and one that is fairly common in my reading. The author is clearly serious about his writing, and this is not a book that was written as a joke, but rather as a labor of love from a man who clearly reads and takes seriously the wide literature in the field of supposed close encounters with aliens. Whether or not this is the sort of book that you want to read will have to depend on your tolerance for the author’s perspective, as is the case often with works of this nature.
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