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"He stretches out the north over empty space, and hangs the earth on nothing." (NAS)

Many ancient religions taught (and some continue to teach) that the world rode on the backs of animals, reptiles or birds, or was held up by the hands of the Greek "gods."  The Biblical account of the earth being suspended by "nothing" was not only one of the first writings on the subject, but is also clearly accurate.

Around 500 BC (more than a thousand years after the book of Job was written), early mathematicians began to theorize that the earth was a sphere rotating around the sun.  It wasn't until the first century AD that scientists began to generally acknowledge that the earth was a sphere and that it was suspended in space.

How Did Job Know?

Some scholars consider the book of Job to be one of the oldest of the books of the Bible (written as early as 1500 to 2000 years before Christ).  How did Job know that the earth was suspended by nothing? 

"All Scripture is inspired* by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NAS)

* this word "inspired" is translated from the Greek word "theopneustos" (theh-op'-nyoo-stos); meaning "divinely breathed in" or "God-breathed."

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