When I opened up Logos 5 a moment ago I saw the following graphic on one of the homepages:
I’ve seen many graphics like this one over the years and they’re often accompanied by some sort of commentary that tells us how rudimentary Ancient Near Eastern cosmology was. Now I don’t have any stats on this, but personal observation tells me that many of the folks who say this are quite often the same folks who mock young earth creationists for reading the Bible too literally. But as I looked at this graphic I can’t help but wonder if perhaps they’re reading the Bible too literally? What if ANE cosmology is much more sophisticated than it’s given credit for and the folks who suggest that ANE peoples were uninformed are themselves uninformed. Could there be a not so subtle irony here?
BTW, really nice graphic.