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To: WildHorseCrash; nmh
"Job 26:7 supports no statement about the shape of the earth. It merely states it hangs on nothing. Of course, it doesn't "hang" at all. It is not suspended, but is moving constantly."

If you want biblical discussion on the shape of the earth, and the motion of the earth and planets, you have to go to the oldest writings:
The epistles of Enoch. There is considerable description therein, and it is all in keeping with the current general understanding of the solar system.

As to whether the earth hangs on nothing, it definately appears to hang on nothing, and to that extent, the description in Job is accurate for the purpose of the statement, and the context thereof.

610 posted on 02/20/2006 5:01:34 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Atheist and Fool are synonyms; Evolution is where fools hide from the sunrise)
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To: editor-surveyor
The book of Enoch describes a flat, circular Earth capped by the dome of the sky. The stars are the equivalent of angels who travel from doors in the base of the dome and travel across the sky in pre-arranged routes (a couple of stars were punished for failing to go to their assigned spots). The sun and moon likewise enter the dome through doors in its base, travel across the sky, and leave through doors in the opposite side.

Check out this thread on the very subject: Freeper Research Project: Enoch and Astronomy

625 posted on 02/20/2006 5:35:52 PM PST by Junior (Identical fecal matter, alternate diurnal period)
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To: editor-surveyor
If you want biblical discussion on the shape of the earth, and the motion of the earth and planets, you have to go to the oldest writings: The epistles of Enoch. There is considerable description therein, and it is all in keeping with the current general understanding of the solar system.

My understanding of Enoch is that it is consistent with the standard near-east flat-earth cosmology. But I'd be interested in hearing your view.

As to whether the earth hangs on nothing, it definately appears to hang on nothing, and to that extent, the description in Job is accurate for the purpose of the statement, and the context thereof.

Something that is hanging is suspended or fixed so that the acceleration of the gravity to which it is subject is arrested. The Earth, however, is neither suspended nor fixed, and the acceleration of the Sun on the Earth is not arrested. The Earth is constantly falling in toward the Sun, although its tangential velocity is sufficient to miss hitting the Sun, and it means that the Earth is constantly falling around the Sun.

I don't see how this can accurately be described as hanging, in any factual sense.

903 posted on 02/21/2006 6:06:14 AM PST by WildHorseCrash
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