The division made by God, according to the P account of creation, to restrain the cosmic water and form the sky (Gen. 1:6–8). Hebrew cosmology pictured a flat earth, over which was a dome-shaped firmament, supported above the earth by mountains, and surrounded by waters. Holes or sluices (windows, Gen. 7:11) allowed the water to fall as rain. The firmament was the heavens in which God set the sun (Ps. 19:4) and the stars (Gen. 1:14) on the fourth day of the creation. There was more water under the earth (Gen. 1:7) and during the Flood [[➝ flood]] the two great oceans joined up and covered the earth; sheol was at the bottom of the earth (Isa. 14:9; Num. 16:30).

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  • Firmament — is the usual English translation of the Hebrew raqiya (pronounced rä·kē ·ah) meaning an extended solid surface or flat expanse, considered to be a hemisphere above the ground. [Blue Letter Bible. [… …   Wikipedia

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  • Firmament — • The notion that the sky was a vast solid dome seems to have been common among the ancient peoples Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Firmament     Firmament      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Firmament — Sn Himmel, Himmelsgewölbe erw. stil. (13. Jh.), mhd. firmament Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus spl. firmamentum (eigentlich: Befestigungsmittel ), zu l. fīrmāre befestigen , zu l. fīrmus fest . Nach mittelalterlicher Vorstellung hatte jeder der sieben… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Firmament — Fir ma*ment, n. [L. firmamentum, fr. firmare to make firm: cf. F. firmament. See {Firm}, v. & a.] 1. Fixed foundation; established basis. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Custom is the . . . firmament of the law. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. The region of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Firmament — Firmament, nach Luther s Uebersetzung die Veste, soviel wie das Himmelsgewölbe. Es erhielt diese Benennung nach dem irrigen Glauben der Alten, daß der sichtbare Himmel fest sei und die Erde gleich einer krystallenen Schale umgebe. Noch in neuerer …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • firmament — mid 13c., from L. firmamentum firmament, lit. a support or strengthening, from firmus firm (see FIRM (Cf. firm) (adj.)), used in Vulgate to translate Gk. stereoma firm or solid structure, which translated Heb. raqia, a word used of both the vault …   Etymology dictionary

  • Firmament — (von lateinisch firmamentum „Befestigungsmittel“), auch Himmelsgewölbe, bezeichnet: im babylonischen Weltbild (und im biblischen Weltbild, das darauf beruht) eine Trennung, die (vergleichbar einer riesigen Glasglocke) den Luftraum der Welt von… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Firmament — (v. lat.), der sichtbare Himmel, in der Vorstellung der Alten, daß solcher fest sei, s.u. Himmel …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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