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18-01-2015, 04:58 PM
The Bible and Geography
This may be a question that has been answered many times, but it's new to me. The world of the Bible is very small. If God created EVERYTHING, why wouldn't there be more talk about the broader world and all points north, south, east and west? Why would God limit this divinely inspired book to one little section of this very large planet??? It's not very global.
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18-01-2015, 05:04 PM
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(18-01-2015 04:58 PM)surlygirl09 Wrote:  This may be a question that has been answered many times, but it's new to me. The world of the Bible is very small. If God created EVERYTHING, why wouldn't there be more talk about the broader world and all points north, south, east and west? Why would God limit this divinely inspired book to one little section of this very large planet??? It's not very global.

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18-01-2015, 06:21 PM
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Because nobody in the bible ever seems to know more than your average first century (BC) priest. Funny that.

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18-01-2015, 06:29 PM
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(18-01-2015 04:58 PM)surlygirl09 Wrote:  This may be a question that has been answered many times, but it's new to me. The world of the Bible is very small. If God created EVERYTHING, why wouldn't there be more talk about the broader world and all points north, south, east and west? Why would God limit this divinely inspired book to one little section of this very large planet??? It's not very global.
I can't come up with a better answer than this.




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18-01-2015, 06:45 PM
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(18-01-2015 04:58 PM)surlygirl09 Wrote:  This may be a question that has been answered many times, but it's new to me. The world of the Bible is very small. If God created EVERYTHING, why wouldn't there be more talk about the broader world and all points north, south, east and west? Why would God limit this divinely inspired book to one little section of this very large planet??? It's not very global.

It's almost like some little tribe of bronze age herders wrote down their little myths. Consider

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19-01-2015, 06:42 AM
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One of the reasons they wrote their version of the flood story, of course you can put a 100 different types of animals on an ark, that's all there was in that area.

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19-01-2015, 07:51 AM
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(18-01-2015 04:58 PM)surlygirl09 Wrote:  This may be a question that has been answered many times, but it's new to me. The world of the Bible is very small. If God created EVERYTHING, why wouldn't there be more talk about the broader world and all points north, south, east and west? Why would God limit this divinely inspired book to one little section of this very large planet??? It's not very global.

That might have something to do with the fact that the majority of the Bibals writers lived in a time of very little information, leading to the perception of a small world; even the writers belonging to the educated classes (such as court priests) lived in a world restricted entirely to the local region.

Even the second part of the Bibal is remarkably restircted, almost surprisingly so given that it as written during the what some might consider the hight of the Roman Empire...

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19-01-2015, 12:36 PM
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Perfect. I wasn't so much asking the question as asking if anyone had addressed this fact and what Hitchens says is perfect. I just wonder what the apologists would say.
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19-01-2015, 01:57 PM
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(19-01-2015 12:36 PM)surlygirl09 Wrote:  Perfect. I wasn't so much asking the question as asking if anyone had addressed this fact and what Hitchens says is perfect. I just wonder what the apologists would say.

They have typical bullshit reach-around answers, usually involving inventing metaphors or telling us what god "really" meant.

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19-01-2015, 02:19 PM
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I figured! If I had a dime for every time I was told that I was "reading it wrong"… I am no super genius, but I do have an MA in English so I can read real good! I get so tired of hearing, "Oh, well that is not how it is supposed to be read" I usually let them know that unless they studied the original language, they most likely have no idea how to cull any true meaning from the text since it was written in a different language, during a different time from a very different cultural perspective. The King James version or any of those other b.s. translations have all been "translated" to be somewhat more palatable to its current followers.
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