Mysteries of the Ancients: Part II in a Series...
The Wheels of Ezekiel
"As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, O wheel!"
The Book of Ezekiel has long posed a question to biblical scholars.
What were the 'whirling wheels' mentioned in Ezekial 10:13? Over
the years, explanations have ranged from literary metaphor, to
hallucinations, to natural phenomenon, to visits by alien spacecraft.
Now, modern advances in archaeological science have provided the
The 'wheels' described by the prophet were, of course, the wheels
themselves, and possibly the air cleaner, if Ezekiel was viewing a
later-model bike from the right. 'Wheels within wheels' is clearly a
reference to the brake drums and/or rear sprockets. The 'crystal
and glass' should be familiar to anyone who has seen a pack of
customized choppers ride by, and the ambiguous references to
'wings' would be the Harley Davidson
emblem itself, with its
stylized depiction of an eagle. Biblical scholars have yet to
determine what model was involved, but in view of their antiquity,
these were probably pre-WWII flatheads -- possibly the 74 cubic
inch 'knucklehead' introduced in 1936, which is still popular with
While it's not immediately clear what Harleys were doing back in
ancient Judea, their presence shouldn't too surprising, for the
bikes have been in production for an awfully long time. But it's
clear they were not being ridden by Israelites, for hogs, as we
all know, are not kosher...