...The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." ~ Psalm 14:1
 
The Earth Is Spherical
Written by Arnold Schnabel   

THE EARTH IS SPHERICAL

Bible Writers

1033-975 B.C.

 

Solomon wrote, “He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep” (Prov.8:27).

 

745-695 B.C.

“It is He that sitteth above the circle of the earth”  (Isa.40:22).

 

ANALYSIS:  The Hebrew word khug is translated “circle.”  A more exact connotation would be “sphericity” or “roundness.”  The use of the word “deep” refers to the deep bodies of water, similar to our word “depth.”  The ancient writers use the Hebrew word erets for “earth” in two senses.  One use denotes the entire world, while the more common usage was limited to only the dry land portion as used in Genesis 1:10.

 

FACT:  The earth, including the ocean face or water lines, was declared to be “rounded” or “spherical”.

 

History of Science

384-322 B.C.

In every civilization other than Israel, the unearthed records show that man taught the earth to be flat.  The first arguments set forth for a spherical earth were by the famous Greek philosopher, Aristotle.  These arguments were that ships disappear over the horizon and that a circular shape could be seen on the moon during an eclipse.  Disappointingly, this evidence convinced few people other than Aristotle’s personal students.

 

200 B.C.

When the Romans became the world rulers, they “did not continue the scientific attitude of the Greeks….  They returned to the disk shaped earth of the early Greeks, and the Roman Orbis Terrarum became the standard of the world for 13 centuries.”1

 

A.D. 1520

The common man held that the earth was flat until “the introduction of the compass and improved sailing vessels made possible the voyages of Columbus, Magellan, and others.  These great discoveries caused a revolution in map making,”2 which finally brought general acceptance of the fact that the earth is spherical.

 

A.D. 1800

“At the end of the 17th century, the sextant, telescope, theodolite, the plane table, the barometer, and accurate pendulum clocks were available for land measurements.”3

 

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  1. Erwin Raisz, “Map,” Encyclopedia Americana, Vol. 18, 1987 ed., p. 258a
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.

 

Above excerpt taken from:

Has God Spoken by Arnold O. Schnabel, 5th Edition; A. O. Schnabel, Publisher, 2004; pages 1-2.

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