These you may eat, of all that are in the waters. Everything in the waters that has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers, you may eat. But anything in the seas or the rivers that has not fins and scales, of the swarming creatures in the waters and of the living creatures that are in the waters, is detestable to you.- Leviticus 11:9, 10<quoted text>
1. Generally speaking, great chefs who come up with great recipes don't get them from the Bible. They create recipes by experimentation, understanding food qualities, etc. This does not mean the Bible is anti-culinary. God gives certain abilities to different humans. Including creating dishes, and the ability to explore.
Is it OK for a chef to create a dish using shrimp?
It was perfectly natural for people of that time to believe that the Sun moved and not the Earth. Copernicus and Galileo had not yet produced evidence to the contrary. I am certain that there was no question in the mind of whoever wrote the book of Joshua that the Sun moved and not the Earth. He wrote, that Joshua said "Sun, stand still over Gibeon. He intended that to mean that Joshua stopped the Sun from moving not the Earth from rotating because he didnt know that the earth rotated.2. It's not a question of 'literalness' any more than someone stating that they watched the Sun rise in the morning. Why would you think someone of that day would not use a phrase like "the Sun stood still" if that's how it appeared to him? And I'm sorry, but I have to ask again: do you have a problem with the modern/common phrase "I'm going to watch the Sun rise/descend"? Why 'or' Why not?
Now I'm sure you have a problem with the incident itself, but that's another topic. But as far as the Bible 'teaching' that the Sun revolves around the Earth, you nor anyone else has proven this. The Bible quotes individuals. But what individuals say does not mean that the Bible teaches what they say to be fact. It's simply a "quotation".
Of course in this day and age if someone says did you see the sun rise we know that he really means did you see the sun appear to rise. Before Copernicus and Galileo people did not know that the Earth revolved around the Sun so when they said did you see the Sun rise they didnt mean did you see the Sun appear to rise they meant did you see the Sun actually rise.
Its a question of what knowledge did the writers of that day had compared to the knowledge we have today.
Then we are in agreement then that virtually all of the people of Copernicus and Galileos time were Geocentrists?3. I never once denied that. What I'm wondering is, what is the relevance?
I don't see how having access to the bible would have helped anyone understand Heliocentrism.4. Galileo was a 'scientist'. Not a 'theologian'. As I said, if the Bible was available to more people of that time, there probably would have been more theologians not tied down to church doctrine, who would have pointed out the error.
Having access to the Bible certainly didnt seem to help Luther or Bellarmine.