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Ancient Hebrews Understood Space-Time

Ancient Hebrews Understood Space-Time
James Scott Trimm

Since 300 BCE, the spacetime of our universe has historically been interpreted from a Euclidean space perspective.  It is named after the Ancient Greek mathematician Euclid of Alexandria and it regards space as consisting of three dimensions, and time as something completely different.

It was not until 1905 that Albert Einstein discovered that space and time are actually both part of a single manifold called Minkowski space, a single continuum known as space-time.  This has allowed modern physicists to significantly simplify many physics theories and describe in a more uniform way the workings of the universe.

But did you know that the ancient Hebrews already knew that time and space were four physical dimensions of a single continuum?  

The Sefer Yetzirah says that YHWH Created the universe with ten sefirot saying:

…Their measure is ten
There is no end to them..
A dimension of beginning
And a dimension of end.
A dimension of good
And a dimension of evil.
A dimension above
And a dimension below.
A dimension of east
And a dimension of west.
A dimension of north
And a dimension of south.
The Adon unified El, the Faithful King
Rules over them all from His set-apart dwelling
forever and ever and ever.
(Sefer Yetzirah 1:5)

The Sefer Yetzirah lays out a five dimensional universe with ten pairs of opposing directions which consists of the three dimensions of space and a fourth dimension of time (running from "beginning" to "end") and a fifth dimension running between good and evil.  "Good" might be defined as "toward YHWH" a direction which exists, since YHWH exists, but in a direction to which we cannot point within the three dimensions of space. The direction of evil would be 180 degrees from "good" and pointing away from YHWH.


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