CONGRATULATIONS to the scientists who have been awarded more than $500,000 for their discovery of an expanding universe (The Age, 18/7).
It is a shame that Isaiah can't share in the reward, as more than 2500 years ago he wrote: "It is God who sits above the circle of the earth — who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them like a tent to dwell in (Isaiah 40:22).
Stretches and spreads the heavens certainly sounds like an ever-expanding universe to me. And the earth certainly looks like a circle when viewed from space.
Or, as Job wrote 1000 years before Isaiah: "He spreads out the northern skies over emptiness and hangs the earth on nothing (Job 26:7) and "He described a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness (Job 26:10). This is exactly what happens on the earth's spherical surface. Maybe we are just relearning what was already known way back in the past.