Firmament as Dimension
rowan2 at cpnw.net
Wed Jan 10 22:06:14 EST 2001
I find it important to understand the original intent of the authors
of Scripture, but language itself is not frozen in the past. Language
changes, grows, and meets new times and ideas. The founders of Israel
made a purposeful decision to go back and construct vocabulary for new
situations and industries from Hebrew roots rather than Hebrewize
foreign words. Has raqia been used in science or physics? I guess this
is what I am asking. Did the word develop with time, or was there some
other lucky word that got chosen?
Jack Kilmon wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From:Verna Craig
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Sent: Monday, January 08, 2001 9:16 PM
> Subject: Firmament as Dimension
> Can the Hebrew word raqia (7549 NAS Hebrew-Aramaic Dict.
> for firmament) in Gen 1 take the meaning of the modern
> scientific concept of dimension? Verse 16 would seem to
> express a possibily of this. This would open endless
> possibilities to the Genesis account.
> I suspect, Verna, that it may open up possibilities to a
> post-Einstein mind but not to a bronze age concept of the
> architecture of the cosmos which saw a solid vault "spread
> out" (raqa) that separated the water "up there" from the
> water down here. Jack
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