Saturday, April 2, 2016

Four Corners Revisited

1) Correspondence of Hans Georg Lundahl : With James Hannam on Whether Bible and Fathers Agree or Not on Shape of Earth · 2) HGL's F.B. writings : Sungenis Countering Flat Earthers - with Some Lacks in his Argument · 3) Φιλολoγικά/Philologica: Four Corners Revisited

As my readers will be aware, I do not consider the Four Corners passages as proof of a Flat Earth.

On the contrary, I usually think they can be ascribed to corners of continents which give a four cornered shape much better on a Globe Earth.

My alternatives are:

I British Isles Japan Australia Cape of Good Hope
II Alaska Japan Australia Cape Horn
III British Isles Newfoundland Cape Horn Cape of Good Hope.

In the case the passages do state that Earth has "four" (namely continental) "corner", these three would be main options for placing them.

Option I sticks to Old World (with Oz), no big Inland Sea, options II and III involve Americas and have respectively Atlantic and Pacific as Inland Seas.

But there is another possibility.

Already under Sargon the traditional title “King of Kish” came to mean “king of the world,” using the similarity of the name of the city of Kish and the Akkadian term for “the entire inhabited world,” kishshatum. Naram-Sin took such self-glorification to an extreme. First, he introduced a new title, “king of the four corners (of the universe).”

A History of the Ancient Near East. Ca. 3000-323 BC, Blackwell, 2004, pp. 64-65
quoted in Dr. W.F. Albright’s Game - Changing Chronological Shift
by Damien F. Mackey

This would perhaps mean that "four corners" refer to what and whereever the successor of Naram-Sin is ruling over.

Though an angel on each of them (Apocalypse 7:1) would seem to point more to physical geography. Unless one were to consider it as referring to political capitals like Washington DC, Ottawa, Moscow and Beijing.

I cannot quite rule out the phrase being used with some irony over Pagan self worship (people who think they have the universe in their little square box).

Hans Georg Lundahl
Nanterre University Library
Saturday of Easter Week

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