I was recently reading the Book of Enoch and I was surprised by the blatant astrotheology within the book. Once you know it's largely based on astrology, it suddenly makes so much sense. But one of the things that stood out to me was how ignorant their ideas of what space was. Now don't get me wrong, they weren't stupid when I say they were ignorant...but they just didn't know what was keeping the stars and planets in motion.
The ancient had no understanding of gravity. So they imagined that there was something physical keeping the stars up...like crystalline spheres (sometimes metal spheres) that had the planets and stars embedded in them
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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. The word is derived from the Hebrew raqa, meaning "to spread out" by stamping, stretching, beating, or making broad., e.g. the process of making a metal bowl by hammering metal flat, or "to make a spreading (of clouds)".
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Well, the point of what this has to do with ancient technology, is that it's very difficult for me to believe that the ancients were endowed with some of the technological advancements that many modern theorists attribute to them. Things like they being interplanetary space travelers (or at least in contact with them), they being knowledgeable of hyperdimensional physics, or being genetic engineers without them knowing that the sun doesn't revolve around the earth
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