Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the Bible. When we read Scripture we often imagine that the world inhabited by the Bible's characters was much the same as our own. We would be wrong. The biblical world is an ancient world with a flat earth that stands at the center of the cosmos, and with a vast ocean in the sky, chaos dragons, mystical mountains, demonic deserts, an underground zone for the dead, stars that are sentient beings, and, if you travel upwards and through the doors in the solid dome of the sky, God's heaven--the heart of the universe. This book takes readers on a guided tour of the biblical cosmos with the goal of opening up the Bible in its ancient world. It then goes further and seeks to show how this very ancient biblical way of seeing the world is still revelatory and can speak God's word afresh into our own modern worlds.Interpreting language of the high heaven nongeographically does not threaten the heart of the biblical teaching at allathe ... that God has an actual body that can sit in an actual chair, because if he did he would be limited and thus not infinite.
|Title||:||The Biblical Cosmos|
|Author||:||Robin A. Parry|
|Publisher||:||The Lutterworth Press - 2015-04-30|