Earth as a Sphere

“It is He (God) who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.”  – Isaiah 40: 22


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1.  The earliest extra-biblical reference to the world’s being spherical in shape is generally considered to have come from a Greek mathematician named Pythagoras about 500 years BC

  • This wasn’t proved scientifically until another Greek mathematician named Eratosthenes came along about 230 BC 1

2.  Isaiah is writing @ 700BC and accurately describes the shape of the earth as spherical

  • The word used for “circle” in Hebrew is “khug” it literally means sphere or ball 2

3. The Bible is accurate in its astronomy in describing the shape of the earth as circular or spherical