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November 24th, 2013, 13:36
Originally Posted by Roq View Post
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.
Actually the word for circle there in hebrew means round and sphere.

The operative word here is ח֣וּג , which can mean both “circle” and “sphere” among other things. Basically, it’s a catch-all word to use for “abstract round stuff”. It can even mean just “boundary”.

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?
North South East and West? The word used there for corners in hebrew means extremes.
From kanaph; an edge or extremity; specifically (of a bird or army) a wing, (of a garment or bed-clothing) a flap, (of the earth) a quarter, (of a building) a pinnacle — + bird, border, corner, end, feather(-ed), X flying, + (one an-)other, overspreading, X quarters, skirt, X sort, uttermost part, wing((-ed)).
As for pillars
The earth has its foundations on which it is laid, and its pillars by which it is supported; but these are no other than the power and providence of God; otherwise the earth is hung upon nothing, in the open circumambient air: and that God can and does do this may well be thought, and to do all the above things in providence and grace, related in the preceding verses; in the support, and for the proof of which, this is observed. Figuratively, the pillars of the earth may design the princes of the world, the supreme rulers of it, and civil magistrates, who are sometimes called cornerstones, and the shields of the earth (Zech. 10:4, Ps 47:9) and so pillars, because they are the means of cementing, supporting, and protecting the people of the earth, and of preserving their peace and property. Likewise good men may be meant in a figurative sense, who, as they are the salt of the earth, are the pillars of it, for whose sake it was made, and is supported, and continued in being; the church is the pillar and ground of truth; and every good man is a pillar in the house of God, and especially ministers of the Gospel (see Rev. 3:12, 1Tim. 3:15, Gal 2:9, Pr 9:1).
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