In a recent podcast interview, former television personality Scott Wolter made a bizarre assertion about prehistoric space aliens, a part of his ongoing conversion to full ancient astronaut theorist. Wolter discussed the documents he has asserted to be medieval records from the Knights Templar for the past several years, and in “new” Templar documents conveniently mirroring his own conversion to ancient alien enthusiast, he claims to have discovered evidence that space aliens intervened in human history.
The claim revolves around The Book of the Wars of the Lord, a lost ancient text mentioned once in the Bible, in Numbers 21:14-15, where the only single surviving sentence of the text is preserved. Some believe an unnamed book mentioned in Exodus 17:14 also refers to this text, and a medieval reference in the Book of Jasher (the much later text, not the lost ancient original) refers to it as the work of Moses and Joshua. Some scholars have argued that the Book of the Wars of the Lord is the same as the Book of Jasher mentioned a handful of times in the Hebrew Bible.
Wolter claims that he now possesses part of the Book of the Wars of the Lord, found inside the dubious modern documents he asserts to be copies of lost medieval originals:
There is a copy of the Book of the Wars of the Lord, and without going into the details of it, there is something very interesting that is mentioned in one of the passages. And it’s certainly biblical, and it says something to the effect of, “And then a silver beast descended from the cloud with wings like a bird that sent out lightning bolts that struck the water that caused the men to—the enemy to—get palsy, fall into the fall into the water dead. The horses were electrocuted, and so on and so forth.” […] I personally think that that—I can’t think of anything else—other than possibly an unidentified aerial craft.
The sources for this almost certainly modern text seem rather straightforward. The framework parallels the excerpt of the Book of Jasher given in Joshua 10:13: “And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.” Presumably, the hoaxer follows the argument that Jasher and Wars are the same book. To that has been grafted Erich von Däniken’s claims about the Ark of the Covenant using electricity to kill people in Chariots of the Gods, with shades of von Däniken’s reworking of falsified passages about mass death from the Mahabharata in the same book. Whether the hoaxer borrowed directly from Chariots or one of the countless books that stole from it, such as Graham Hancock’s The Sign and the Seal, I couldn’t say.
The “silver beast” with wings seems a crude attempt to graft a UFO onto the text in the style of Ancient Aliens, which has made a specialty of late of calling myths about birds, flying serpents, dragons, etc. aerospace vehicles.
Wolter claims that the Vatican holds the complete text of the Book of the Wars of the Lord and is hiding it because of its extraterrestrial implications.
Wolter has yet to provide any proof of his claims for the antiquity of the texts he thinks to be authentic ancient and medieval texts.
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