On the circle of the earth, Protestants agree, circle does not mean globe

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On the circle of the earth, Protestants agree, circle does not mean globe

Post by flatterme on Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:44 pm

http://www.bibleandscience.com/bible/books/genesis/genesis1_circleearth.htm
The phrase of Isaiah 40:22, "the circle of the earth" is very controversial. There are five main views of this phrase. The first interpretation says that the word "circle" means "sphere" indicating that the earth is a sphere. This view seems most unlikely since we have all ready seen that the Hebrew word gh means "circle," and it seems very remote that it means "sphere" because of the context, and there is a better Hebrew word for "sphere," rwd. In Isaiah 22:18 the word rwd is translated "ball." If the LXX translators understood gh as "sphere," they would have used the Greek word sfairoeides. Plugging the meaning of "sphere" into every passage that gh occurs will result in awkward interpretations.
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