Tidal Forces and the Moon

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“Thus says the Lord, Who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar (the Lord of hosts is His name).”                                                                                                                                                        – Jeremiah 31: 35

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1.  In reference to this passage in Jeremiah, there are a few Bible commentators who connection the movement of the sun, moon and other heavenly bodies with the disturbance of the sea that is mentioned

  • It may be then that the Scripture is inferring the lunar tidal effect here
  • “As the moon travels around the earth and as they, together, travel around the sun, the combined gravitational forces cause the world’s oceans to rise and fall, which is called tide.”

√ Source: http://newtechno-science.blogspot.com/2011/08/tide.html

2.  The connection of the movement of the sun and moon and its impact on tides has taken a long time to be formulated in scientific thought:

  • The earliest references to tidal impacts in Western thought go back to the time of Alexander the Great and his effort conquer India
  • He had not encountered an ocean before and was surprised by the Indus estuary’s sudden rise an drop in depth

√ Source: http://www.worldscibooks.com/etextbook/6015/6015_chap01.pdf

3.  While the Greeks (and later, the Italians) began to see a connection between the tides and the Moon, it really would take more than 1,500 years for matters to be understood

  • Copernicus perfected his concept of a Heliocentric Solar System (Sun System) in 1512

√ Source: http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/Copernicus.html

  • Newton grounded his Gravitational ideas in 1687

√ Source: http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/Newton.html

  • These two sciences combined finally enabled Tides to be understood

√ Source: http://www.worldscibooks.com/etextbook/6015/6015_chap01.pdf

4.  It would seem yet again, the Bible was ahead of the game – this time when it came to the Tides