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November 24th, 2013, 17:44
Well if those words are ambiguos, then you can't tell what the author was talking about and so it doesn't qualify as any kind of accurate description of anything!? But, it's pretty clear from the context in the sentence what the authors intent really was - he's describing the earth and heavens as if the earth was a round bed in a tent, with the tent's roof being the canopy of the heavens. No doubt that would have been a familiar analogy to him. Quite poetic, perhaps, but hardly accurate. The best we could then say of the prophetic powers of the bible with respect to the modern world is that one of the authors came up with a description that somewhat resembles a Hollywood water bed.
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