Sunday, July 22, 2012

When Genesis 1:7 and Culture Collide

Do you remember the post I made about the “separation between the waters”? See below for more!

Genesis 1:7: “Between the Waters That Are Below the Dome and the Waters That Are Above the Dome”

וַיַּ֣עַשׂ אֱלֹהִים֮ אֶת־הָרָקִיעַ֒ וַיַּבְדֵּ֗ל בֵּ֤ין הַמַּ֙יִם֙ אֲשֶׁר֙ מִתַּ֣חַת לָרָקִ֔יעַ וּבֵ֣ין הַמַּ֔יִם אֲשֶׁ֖ר מֵעַ֣ל לָרָקִ֑יעַ וַֽיְהִי־כֵֽן׃

“When God made the dome, he made a separation between the waters that are below the dome and between the waters that are above the dome. And it was so.”

This verse represents what happened after God and spoke this dome into existence.  We briefly touched on the waters below the dome and the waters above the dome last time, but I thought I’d spell it out a little more in today’s post.

Check out this helpful chart to see this more visually. Notice the “windows” in the dome separating the waters above from everything below. The “waters above” are released through these windows (or openings) during the flood narrative as rain, and the fountains of the great deep burst forth (see Genesis 6:11).

Lend Me Your Thoughts

What do you make of this “ancient Hebrew cosmology” stuff? I’m interested in hearing what you have to say. 

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