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Ancient Jewish Text: Universe is Expanding from a Single Point

Ancient Jewish Text

The Universe is Expanding from a Single Point

By

James Scott Trimm

In a recent blog, I showed that the ancient Hebrews understood that space and time were part of a single continuum, with time being a fourth dimension. Not only did the ancient Hebrews know that space and time were both part of a single continuum, but they were also aware that the universe is expanding and began as a single point or "singularity".

In 1925 the American astronomer Edwin Hubble made the discovery that the universe is expanding. He proved that there is a direct relationship between the speeds of distant galaxies and their distances from Earth. This is now known as Hubble's Law.

In 1931 Georges Lemaître, a Belgian physicist and Roman Catholic priest suggested that this evident expansion of the universe, if projected back in time, indicated that in the past the universe itself was smaller, until at some finite time in the past all the mass of the universe was concentrated into a single point, a singularity.

Amazingly the Zohar, centuries earlier, described the creation of the universe as beginning from a single "primordial point" from which it "expanded":

Radiance! [zohar] Concealed of concealed struck its aura, which touched and did not touch this point.  Then this beginning expanded, building itself a palace worthy of glorious praise.  There it sowed seed to give birth, availing worlds.
(Zohar 1:15a)

God said, “Let there be light!” And there was light (Gen. 1:3).  Here begins the discovery of hidden treasures: how the world was created in detail… This light is concealed mystery, an expansion expanding, bursting from the mysterious secret of the hidden supernal aura.  First it burst, generating from its mystery a single concealed point, for Ein Sof burst out of its aura, revealing this point (yod).  Once this yod expanded, what remained was found to be light (OR), from the mystery that concealed aura (AVIR).  After the primordial point, yod, emerged from it into being, it manifested upon it, touching yet not touching.  Expanding, it emerged: this is light (OR), light remaining from aura (AVIR),
(Zohar 1:16b)


 

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Comment by Jake Wilson on Wednesday

Hi James, 

Is this an attempt to reconcile the big bang with the creation account?

Shalom, 

Jake

Comment by James Trimm on Thursday

Not at all.  The Zohar cannot be reconciling the Big Bang with anything, the Big Bang Theory did not exist when the Zohar was written.

I am simply pointing out that the Zohar says that the universe began with a "primordial point" from which it is "an expansion expanding" and that this is in keeping with the modern observation that the universe is expanding, with the various galaxies moving away from one another, and that if one retraces that expansion, it traces all of that expansion to a single point at some time in the past.

A side note:  Contrary to popular belief, the so-called "Big Bang Theory" is *not* a theory of the origin of the universe.  It is only a theory that the universe went from being very small (ultimately a zero dimensional point of infinite density) to being very large, it does not explain its origin, only its observable expansion.

However it is demonstrable from the statement in the Zohar that there is no conflict between Genesis 1:1 and the so-called "Big Bang Theory" because ancient Jewish writers interpreted Genesis 1:1 in the details of the original Hebrew, as describing an expansion from a primordial point, centuries before the Big Bang Theory was proposed.

Comment by Jake Wilson on Thursday

Hi James,

Thanks for coming back to me.

There are wonderful deep Jewish teachings which I appreciate, however, the moment they contradict Scripture I can't be bothered really, sorry. 

That the Big Bang Theory is not a theory of the origin of the universe should maybe be added by our Physicists, because I work in the Physics Department of a renowned private boarding school, and the question what was before the "singularity" is usually swept under the rug. The Big Bang is sold to the pupils as THE explanation of "how everything began" (and combined with the heliocentric model and with molecule-to-man evolution, any faith of our little ones is being successfully nipped in the bud). 

Genesis 1:1 occurred some 6,000 years ago (or make it 10,000 years), whereas the Big Bang supposedly occurred 13.8 billion years ago as per "scientific" calculations based on cosmic microwave background, redshift, etc. Well, I do see a conflict here, even if the Zohar doesn't. Besides, it somewhere says "Yehovah stretches the heavens" which should do the job. 

I wasn't there in Genesis 1:1, and maybe it made "bang". But one may as well explain the closeness between the Big Bang Theory and kabbalistic mysticism through their common satanic origin. 

Be that as it may, - an article which supports the Big Bang Theory, or which can be easily misunderstood as doing so, is, in my opinion, slight unbefitting for restoring the original faith in Yeshua. 

Shalom

Jake

Comment by James Trimm on Friday

Jake,

To begin with the six "days" of Creation in Gen. 1 need not be understood as literal 24 hour days.  The Hebrew word for "day" is YOM which can refer to any period of time, not just 24 hours.  For example in Jer. 31:32 the Sinai Covenant is referenced as being made "on the day (YOM) I [YHWH] brought you out of Egypt."  yet the departure from Egypt was about fifty 24 hour days before the Sinai Covenant.  In fact the first "day" of Gen. 1 was before the creation of the sun or earth, so it could not have been defined as the time it takes the earth to rotate once relative to the Sun.  Therefore we do not know from Scripture how much longer ago the creation of the universe was.  Moreover, time is relative.  Time passes at different rates in different parts of the universe, depending on velocity and proximity to mass (gravity).  At the speed of light, time does not pass at all.  So to truly talk about how much time has passed since Creation, is problematic.  However Romans 1 and 2 (and the Wisdom of Solomon) tell us that the Creation and the Creator may be observed in the Creation.  Moreover 1Thes, 5:21 says "Test all things, hold fast to what is true" (1Thes. 5:21) which is the Scientific method.  The fact is that distant galaxies appear to be moving away from one another.  The universe appears to be expanding as a matter of empirical observation.  If we rewind that expansion mathematically we reach a point in the past where the entire universe occupied a single zero dimensional point of infinite density.  That is a simple observation.

Comment by Jake Wilson on Friday

Hi again James, 

Just very briefly:

There is science, and there is "science falsely so called". The latter is mainly embraced by unregenerate mankind blindly relying on the intellect and removing God from the equation - that is the so-called science we are dealing with here. 

If you want to subscribe to the gap theory and add a few billion years between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 (or wherever you prefer), than you are entitled to do so. I don't see any day "0", or a prolonged day "1", despite the amazing revelation that "day" can also mean "time" (forgive my sarcasm).

"In six days Yehovah made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He rested" - So, the seventh day was much shorter than the first day? Or the first day was preceded by our lovely singularity of infinite density and mass,  which contained all space-time, and which then rapidly expanded due to quantum fluctuations?

It's simply a theory based on erronous presuppositions, assumptions, and conclusions - it's not science. Or put differently, nonsense dressed up in scientific terminology doesn't evolve into science - it remains nonsense

Maybe we should just leave it at that, James. 

Comment by Jake Wilson on Saturday

One last thing to add, James.

If we read three times "and there was evening and there was morning" for a day, before the same phrase is used for the 4th day, isn't it obvious that the 24 hour span is not linked to the earth's supposed rotation? And that Yeshua didn't exempt the first day when he remarked, "Are there not 12 hours in a day" (daylight hours)?

Only so-called science undermines things which a 6 year-old is able to grasp. Instead, we learn about the unfathomable reaches of time and space which show us how insignificant and accidental we are.

Well, I'll spare you the verses about the stationary earth, the moving sun, etc. - Yehovah must be pretty dumb to make such unscientific statements. 

Comment by Mikha El on Saturday

Agreed, Jake. I can't understand why anyone would think we are on a spinning hurtling through space planet which cannot be felt yet somehow also maintains the exact time clock in the sky year in and year out via Polaris.

Comment by James Trimm 18 hours ago

Jake,

Actually all motion is relative to frame of reference.  So from the earth's frame of reference the Scriptural references to a stationary earth and moving sun are perfectly accurate.  

Comment by James Trimm 18 hours ago

This video on frames of reference is helpful in this regard

https://youtu.be/bJMYoj4hHqU

Comment by Jake Wilson 6 hours ago

Thanks James,

I didn’t have a chance to look at the clip yet, but will still do so.

Generally, I am not really into conspiracies but pretty down to earth. I guess, it started some two years ago when I had a look at the moon landings. Just watching the NASA press conference reveals that it was staged (Neil Armstrong et al. have basically written “liar” on their foreheads). And if they lie they big, one starts to wonder what else may be fake.

I think we all agree that biblical astronomy contradicts what is generally accepted is scientifically proven. Take the firmament for example - how shall we explain it? Or shall we state it’s a fairy tale?

At the moment I have strong doubts about the earth orbiting at some 100,000 km/h and rotating at some 1,000 km/h, and being told that the atmosphere is velcroed by gravity, and that’s why we don’t sense it. I rather stick to the notion “Let God be true, and all men be liars”.

So, I have to further look into this subject.

Tremble before Him all the earth: the world also is established that it cannot be moved (1 CHR 16:30, HRV).

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