Invasion of the Bible Snatchers: Ray Comfort’s ‘Scientific Facts in the Bible’ – Stretched Out


The Amateur Exegete

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INTRODUCTION

In Scientific Facts in the Bible: Amazing Truths Written Thousands of Years Before Man Discovered Them, Ray Comfort quotes Isaiah 40:22 (NKJV) and writes,

Scientists are beginning to understand that the universe is expanding, or stretching out At least seven times in Scripture we are told that God stretches out the heavens like a curtain.[1]

It isn’t hard to see why Comfort might think cosmic expansion is what is being referred to here in Isaiah 40:22. But there are other explanations that cohere far better with the ancient Near Eastern views of the author and audience than an advanced understanding of cosmic expansion.

STRETCHING OUT THE HEAVENS

The verb translated as “stretches out” in the NKJV and most other English translations is a participial form of nāṭâ – “to stretch out, spread out, extend…

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