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Genesis 1:5-8 DAY 2
Circle of the Winds
Another concept that seems to indicate the heavens is circular is the circular motion of the winds. Ecclesiastes 1:6 states, "The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits (bbys ; BDB, 687b)" (KJV). The circular motion of the wind is confined by the circle of the heavens.
In Akkadian there are two Assyrian texts that speak of the "circle of the winds (kippat sare)" and the "circle of the four winds (kippat sar erbetti)" (Horowitz 1998, 260-1). Shalmaneser III, Adad is said to hold the "circle of the winds"(Iraq 24 93:4). In The Tukulti-Ninurta Epic, the Assyrian king has control over the "circle of the four winds" (TN Epic 66 1A:13; Machinist; Horowitz 1998, 261). There is also a diagram of a circle enclosing the winds on BagM Beith. 2 no.98. The four winds are from the four cardinal directions. There are also four winds in the Bible. These phrases seem to indicate that the heavens are circular (Horowitz 1998, 264).