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Sunday, February 14, 2010
Despite what the British Bishop's modern biblical scholars write in "Gift of Scripture", the Bible and the ancient Jewish Rabbis who base their views on the Bible seem fairly advanced in scientific understanding. For example the writer of Psalm 136:6 would seem to have knowledge of what modern scientists call 'Plate Tectonics'. Psalm 136:6 states: "...l'roka ha-aretz al-hamayim ki l'olam khasdo - to the One who makes the earth as plates upon the water, for his mercy endures for ever." In many translations of the Bible l'roka is translated with its meaning to spread but the Pirkei d'Rabbi Eliezer translates it as plates. One need only look in any Hebrew dictionary to see that rikea can mean plate. In Aramaic and Hebrew rikea can also mean hammer flat, beat flat, coat and flatten.
The Pirkei d'Rabbi Eliezer is a midrashic work by Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus (2nd century) on parts of the Torah. It states "The earth is made up of plates covering the depths, as a ship that floats on the sea. Similarly, the earth is made of plates above the waters, as the Psalmist (136:6) declares, '(Give thanks) to the One who makes the earth as plates on the waters." Here we see clearly the idea of plate tectonics. Rabbi Dovid Brown writes in "Mysteries of the Creation": "Once we might have wondered what a ship has to do with plates; but now we can see that this midrash is plainly expressing the idea of plate tectonics. A ship is not a plate, but, says the midrash, the plates float as a ship floats. Nor is there a contradiction in the fact that the Pirkei D'Rabbi Eliezer maintains that the plates float over water, while scientists declare the interior of the earth to be molten rock. Mayim in Tanach and the works of Chazal means not only water but liquid...There may be another reason that the Pirkei d'Rabbi Eliezer says the plates float on water. It is literally true. To quote from Walter Sullivan..."The presence of free water in the asthenosphere (a zone within the thickness of the earth) reduces melting temperatures and makes that region soft enough to lubricate plate motion."...". The modernist Bible Scholars beloved of the British Bishops have been teaching for decades a totally false view of the Hebrew idea of the universe based on their own misunderstandings of the Scriptures. In fact the Bible and the sages of Israel were quite aware that the earth was spherical in shape and not flat and square. (see Yerushalmi Avoda Zora 3:1;Bereshit Rabba 63:14;Bamidbar Rabba 13:14 and 17; Esther Rabba 1:7; Tosfot, Avoda Zara 41A and the Zohar Vayikra 10A). It is a shame that the Bishops and their biblical scholars didn't take note of the humility of St Augustine who wrote: "On my own part I confess to your charity that it is only to those books of Scripture which are now called canonical that I have learned to pay such honor and reverence as to believe most firmly that none of their writers has fallen into any error. And if in these books I meet anything which seems contrary to truth, I shall not hesitate to conclude either that the text is faulty, or that the translator has not expressed the meaning of the passage, or that I myself do not understand."
Posted by Catholic Jew at 11:18 am