A large misconception of the Bible is that the Bible describes earth as flat.
Galileo defended heliocentrism, and claimed it was not contrary to Scripture.
Earlier, I gave examples of scientific truths in the Bible. Someone then said to me
Dan- you have taken very simple statements from the Bible and attributed rather complex modern scientific meanings to them. I have two questions:
One- if you say that Isaiah 40:22 shows knowledge of the Earth's sphericity, what are we to make of the numerous places in the Bible where the Earth is referred to as being flat? For instance:
Isaiah 40:22 "It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:"
Thanks to Reynold for finding this, the Institute for Biblical & Scientific Studies claims "According to Morris this verse describes a spherical earth. The Hebrew word is hwg. I believe that this refers to the circular horizon that vaults itself over the earth to form a dome" (Meyers 1989, 63-9).
Isaiah 11:12 "And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
Revelation 7:1 "And after these things I saw four angels standing on four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree."
The four corners of the earth is still used today, we can logically and easily deduce that it means North, South, East, and West, meaning all over the earth.
Fall off the end of the earth?
Job 38:13 "That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?"
Jeremiah 16:19 "O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit."
Daniel 4:11 "The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:"
"Ends of the earth" refers to the whole earth. In context we can see this to be true. The Bible has always described the Earth spherically.