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Hardcover,  6″ x 9″
195 pages
ISBN 978-1-63381-353-3

by George Siscoe

What was it like to walk in Ezekiel’s shoes as he left his home in Judah for exile in Babylonia? Was his god, Yahweh, tied to his native land, as were all other gods at that time? Looking for some sign, he was stricken with awe one night at the spectacle in the sky. So bizarre was his report of it that people to this day speculate about what happened. To him, it was a sign that Yahweh stayed with His people, that He was God and there was no other. This book, however, shows that the vision meets the stringent scientific and aesthetic requirements for an auroral display, arguably much better than other proposed explanations. Thus the aurora may have played a profoundly conse­quential role in unleashing Yahweh from Judah and in establishing monotheism.


George Siscoe was Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at UCLA (1968–1993), Research Professor of Astronomy at Boston University (1994–2012), and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He authored or coauthored over 300 publications and served on many NASA and National Science Foundation committees. In 2008 he became proprietor of Old Professor’s Bookshop in Belfast, Maine, until his death in 2022.

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