Tuesday, September 2, 2014 4:06 AM

The Shoulders of Atlas or the Hands of God?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 4:06 AM
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 4:06 AM

At the time of Job, Greek mythology taught that the world rested on the shoulders of Atlas, one of the great Titans, or Elder gods. Yet Job 26:7 says that God “hangs the earth on nothing” (literally, the earth rests in space without any visible means of support). [1]

Astronomers in antiquity counted the stars and estimated that they numbered about five thousand. But the prophet Jeremiah wrote, “the host of heaven [stars] cannot be numbered” just as the “sand of the sea [cannot be] measured” (Jer. 33:22).

 Isaiah 40:22 refers to the earth as a “circle.” The Hebrew word used here is chug, which allows for the concept that the earth is a sphere. This is particularly interesting because people at that time generally believed that the earth was flat.[2]

Ecclesiastes 1:6 relates that the wind blows “toward the south, then turning toward the north, the wind continues swirling along; and on its circular courses the wind returns” (nasv), a clear description of the great circular movements of earth’s winds.[3]



[1] Story, D. (1997). Defending your faith (133). Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.

[2] Story, D. (1997). Defending your faith (133). Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.

[3] Story, D. (1997). Defending your faith (133). Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.

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