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The Ancient Hebrew View of the Universe
Ulfilas, gothic
A scientific diagram of the ancient Hebrew cosmos, with a larger picture here, and a cautionary note:

The Bible is not a book of science. It was written in a pre-scientific era and its main purpose was to communicate moral and spiritual lessons. The Children of Israel had no advantage over their neighbors when it came to matters of science. In fact, this erroneous concept of the cosmos was quite common for that era. The Hebrews were inspired by nothing more than their political and religious motivations.

IIRC, this view came from Babylonia, and hence ultimately from the Sumerians.

Via the Episcopal Cafe.

Now I need to listen to Bill Cosby's routine about Noah and the Ark again ;-)>


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