If something appears more than once in the Bible it is VERY IMPORTANT.
Reading these, taking a simple approach to these translations of originally Hebrew writings can lead us to think that the value of Pi (the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter) was either believed to be 3 in those times, or that the Bible reports the matter wrongly.
This can lead to speculation as to whether space was hyperbolically (negatively) curved by Pi over 3 which would give a value of Pi as 3. Apart from possible flaws in my math (!) there are probable flaws in that as a theory because Pi is meaningless in non-Euclidian geometries (try it with different circles on the surface of a sphere for instance).
Fortunately a great bible scholar has explained the apparent discrepancy in the reported values by resort to analysis of the Hebrew text. The way the Hebrew is written is odd and has additions to the words that tell us to apply Hebrew letter values to the measurements in the account, and when this is done, Pi comes out as very very accurate in engineering terms. Chuck Missler’s explanation is here http://www.khouse.org/articles/1998/158/
Job 26:10 (KJV) describes “He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.”
This is sometimes, in other translations of the Bible, given as inscribing a circle of light on the earth, between day and night. Whatever, it is clear from other passages in Job – e.g. 26:7 (“He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.”) – that the Earth is being described as it is seen from space (who has seen the regions of the North Pole or the Earth hanging in space when that was written eh?
These clues peppered around the Bible ask us to think about the circumference of our planet and how it might change, whilst giving a watery oceanic context to the puzzle. Kings, Chronicles, Job all talk of circles and seas.
When considering water on a global scale we are led to think about Genesis and the great flood. I wrote about the Knuckle theory of the great flood at https://kevintangodance.wordpress.com/tag/noah/
In terms of the Knuckle theory, think about the difference between the circumference of the earth pre- and post- the collapse of the outer shell of land (that squeezed out the underground sea as the fountains of the deep). Is that difference related in magnitude to the apparent difference between Pi and 3 pointed to in Kings and Chronicles? If so we have another watermark (pun?!) of truth and authenticity that cross-authenticates the Bible itself and the history of the flood that it gives us.
If the underground sea was about 500 miles down (460) which is an approximation of the depth used in knuckle theory, then the diameter of the earth around the inner sea’s top surface is about 1000 miles (1250) less than the diameter of the earth that is described from space in Job. This gives a difference in the calculated circumference of those two spheres that is close to the difference between Pi and 3.
Things in the Bible are important if they are repeated. God’s word invites us to enquire, to make connections and see that things in it that may at first seem difficult to comprehend are actually true. He gives us in the Bible a careful network of supporting evidence that shows that not only is the Bible a coherent whole that could only have been assembled for us by divine guidance for it’s hidden logical watermarks to align, but tells us of things we would find hard to believe – the writer knew what the Earth looks like from space (He had seen it’s stunning beauty and just had to describe that amazing sight) – hard to believe things such as that there was a great flood.
As Chuck Missler so appositely quotes:
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. – John 14:26
As I was typing this, David Maasbach on his radio station quoted:
John 16:14 (KJV) He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Link to the lovely Maasbach Radio for your listening enjoyment. What a good looking website by the way.
As I was about to post this I read that NASA have discovered the oldest galaxy yet, named GN-z11. Story here. Sounds a bit like Genesis 1:1 (KJV) – “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Ha Ha! SOMEONE has a sense of humour.
Praise the Lord!