The Earth round. Did you know the Bible taught that before it was proved by science?
Long before mankind in general accepted that the earth was round, the Bible declared: “[God] is stretching out the north over the empty place, hanging the earth upon nothing.” (Job 26:7) The Bible reveals that “there is One who is dwelling above the circle of the earth,” (Isaiah 40:22). Only God, the Creator, could have provided this detail.
The original-language word translated “circle” at Isaiah 40:22 also is rendered “sphere.” Certain Bible translations read, “the globe of the earth” (Douay Version) and “the round earth.”—Moffatt.
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Circle = Sphere?! Yes, some bible translations use the word 'sphere' (e.g. the Douay Version, published in 1582, several thousand years after Moses). In fact it is quite staggering that so many translations STILL use the word 'circle'. One can only assume the old Hebrews DID think the Earth was on a 2D circle and that the word 'circle' is the correct translation.
It was in about 400 BC that the Greeks (specifically Plato) figured out the shape of the Earth.
"Hanging the earth upon nothing" in no way indicates that the writer considered the Earth a sphere. The incredibly airy fairy nature of the world described in the Old Testament is testament only to one thing. It is not divinely inspired.
Newer translations for Isaiah 40:22 substitute the word 'circle' for 'whole' (New Contemporary Version) or even 'ball' (The Message Bible, published in 2002). These substitutes were made due to secular progress and chosen in favor over the original Hebrew word for circle (elcric)Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douay-Rheims_Bible http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spherical_Earth http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Message_(Bible)
- borthLv 44 years ago
reaction: a million. The passage saying the earth is round is Isaiah 40:22: He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its genuinely everyone appears to be like like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a cover, and spreads them out like a tent to stay in. This passage would quite be interpreted as pertaining to a flat round earth with the heavens forming a dome above it. Such an interpretation is in step with different passages of the Bible which confer with a sturdy firmament (Gen. a million:6-20, 7:11; Ezekiel a million:22-26; job 9:8, 22:14, and so on.). it really is likewise in step with the cosmology user-friendly in neighboring cultures. Isaiah 11:12 refers back to the "4 quarters of the earth", yet we do not take that as indicative of the earth's structure. 2. the type of the earth would already have been common in Isaiah's time. historic astronomers could ascertain that the earth become round by skill of gazing its round shadow move in the course of the moon throughout the time of lunar eclipses. there is a few suggestion that the Egyptians knew of the earth's round length and structure round 2550 B.C.E. (more suitable than 1000 years earlier Moses). The Greek truth seeker Pythagoras, who become born in 532 B.C.E., defended the round theory on the theory of observations he had made from the type of the daylight and moon (Uotila 1984). If this innovations become common by skill of knowledgeable Greeks and Egyptians throughout the time of biblical cases, its use by skill of Isaiah isn't something particular. The variations you element out 1582 Rheims New testomony and 1609 Douay old testomony postdate the discovery of the hot global and the overall knowledge that the global is round.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The church banned discussion of the possibility of the earth being flat for a very long time one of the popes even announced the earth was flat and anyone who says otherwise is an atheist.. a bad accusation back in the day
As hard as you try you cant take back the words of your Christian
ancestors they were wrong about the earth being flat (and the idea the earth was the center of everything) and no amount of denial will ever change that
- lithiumdeuterideLv 71 decade ago
I wouldn't trust what the bible says about circles or spheres. It has the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter as 3, rather than the true value of 3.14159265...
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
do some more research. Back then the thought the holy land was a large circle with mountains all around it, in like a snow globe shape.
- eriLv 71 decade ago
Circle = 2 dimensions
Sphere = 3 dimensions.
Once again, the bible was wrong.
'Certain translations' mean 'not what it says in Hebrew'.
- 1 decade ago
wow the bible... havent read that one yet! where do i get it from? haha
- 1 decade ago