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November 24th, 2013, 11:49
Originally Posted by Damian View Post
First book to say the world was round.

First book to say that the world was held by nothing just floated in space.

Says God stretched the heavens.(has more cosmological relevance than you think).

Just for example.

About 1:30 onwards.
Presumably you are referring to Isaiah: "He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in."

That claims that the earth is a circular flat disk, with a canopy over the top, but it certainly *doesn't* claim that the earth is spherical. Elsewhere in the bible it's pretty clear that the authors envisage a square flat earth: Where do think the phrase "The four corners of the earth" comes from? and what are those "pillars" for, if not holding the earth up? Also people are constantly going up mountains in the bible and seeing/being given "all the kingdoms of the earth", hardly possible if the earth is spherical is it?

Actually, it would be quite impressive If one of the bible authors was familiar with the heliocentric theory at the time Isaiah was written, even though that theory was probably already known in Greek thought at the time and may have already been know to Egyptian astronomers much earlier. But, if Isaiah's author *had* known that then he (gotta be a he hasn't it?) might qualify as being somewhat educated. Pity isn't it?
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