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Rain Water Versus a Heavenly Sea in Genesis 1:6–8

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It has become commonplace among some scholars to say that ancient Near

Eastern people believed that the sky was a strong solid dome, holding

up heavenly waters above it.1 In support of the theory of a heavenly sea,

scholars cite texts, not only from ancient Near Eastern myths2 but from the

Bible itself. Genesis 1:6–8, it is said, is one such text.

I maintain that, instead of a heavenly sea, we should be thinking about rain

water in clouds.3

 

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