GE4000 Hebrew Cosmology

Is it possible to believe in the Bible and the Heliocentric (Spherical) Design of the Earth? What does the Bible say about the Geocentric (Flat Earth) Design of the earth? There has been a recent resurgence in the belief that the earth is flat. From their geographical and historical context, the ancient Hebrews had a flat-earth cosmology. From the very beginning, biblical characters have been flat-earthers, to believe otherwise is to deny the literal truth of the Bible......

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About this course

This is class is designed to go through biblical and scientific evidence presented for a flat earth is fourfold and includes 1) the firmament, 2) the waters and the heavens above, 3) the earth being immovable, and 4) specific texts that refer to a flat earth. This class will present the evidence by placing ideas from different verses together, and by presenting accompanying assumptions as well as a biblical evaluation. The evaluation will draw from a range of scholarships to minimize bias.

What you'll learn

  • We will look at how the ancient Hebrews had the Egyptians to the southwest and the Babylonians to the northeast. Both civilizations had flat-earth cosmologies. The Biblical cosmology closely parallels the Sumero-Babylonian cosmology, and it may also draw upon Egyptian cosmology. 
  • We will explore how the Genesis creation story provides the first key to the Hebrew cosmology. The order of creation makes no sense from a conventional perspective but is perfectly logical from a flat-earth viewpoint.
  • We will look at a range of original sources, history of flat-Earth beliefs---from the Babylonians to the present day---raises issues central to the history and philosophy of science, and its relationship to the Bible.
  • We will look at a range of original sources, history of flat-Earth beliefs---from the Babylonians to the present day---raises issues central to the history and philosophy of science, and its relationship to the Bible.  
  • We will explore scriptures that are commonly cited by geocentrists and flat-earthers. The Biblical view is geocentricity with further restrictions. There are very few scriptures that support the earth's sphericity in the Bible.
  • We will look at the order of creation, the vault of heaven (firmament), the shape of the earth, celestial bodies, sun, moon, stars, the Book of Enoch. 
  • In the class we will study the Bible in its literary context as well as in its ancient historical, religious, social and cultural context. The Bible was not written with twenty-first-century concerns or questions in mind. The Bible was written in Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic to ancient peoples who lived in the wider Mediterranean society.
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$150 USD Stdnt*

Hebrew Apologetics

Beginner

Online/OnCampus

Meet the instructor

Dr. Kenneth Howard
Dr. Kenneth HowardProfessor of Hebrew Studies, Practical Ministry, & Systematic Theology
He is the Senior Pastor of Great Awakening Assembly-Detroit, Adjunct Professor at multiple universities, community colleges, and seminaries in the Detroit, MI area....

*Price of classes may very depending on the status you chose on the application. Price for each course is $150 USD for US students, $75 USD for international students. Price for US auditors is $120 USD and $60 USD for international auditors.