It occurred to me that, though this doesn't make sense with the modern day understanding of the earth as a globe, it makes perfect sense in an old world cosmology viewing the earth as flat and square (or rectangular).
I next did a search of the scriptures to find where it was said that the earth would be wrapped together like a scroll.
To my surprise, I found no such references in the Bible, where I expected to find it.
There are three passages that mention this, but they are all to be found in the Book of Mormon.
1. And he (Jesus) did expound all things, even from the beginning until the time that he should come in his glory--yea, even all things which should come upon the face of the earth, even until the elements should melt with fervent heat, and the earth should be wrapt together as a scroll, and the heavens and the earth should pass away. 3 Nephi 26:3
2. Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God? Know ye not that he hath all power, and at his great command the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll? Mormon 5:23
3. Behold, will ye believe in the day of your visitation--behold, when the Lord shall come, yea, even that great day when the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, yea, in that great day when he shall be brought to stand before the lamb of God--then will ye say that there is no God? Mormon 9:2
I have done a number of searches for related terms in hopes of finding a similar expression in the Bible, but have been unable to do so.
The purpose of this thread is to see if my search has yielded the correct results; specifically as to whether there is any such phrase in the Bible.
I feel this may be of some significance, inasmuch as if the phrase is not in the Bible, why does it appear three times in the Book of Mormon? If it is unique to the Book of Mormon, could this be an indication that the Nephites did not conceive the world as being a globe (as Joseph Smith would likely have conceived it)?
And if this is a phrase unique to the Book of Mormon, could it not indicate that the authors of the text held the view that the earth was flat and square?
And if the Book of Mormon contains an old world view of the earth, what does that say about the time in which its authors lived?
Just some questions I am hoping to explore on this board.
(There are some additional things that could be said under this head, but I want to wait to see if there is any interest, and whether there is even one passage in the Bible that I missed regarding the earth being rolled together as a scroll.)
Note that I did find two Bible references speaking of the heavens being rolled together as a scroll (Isaiah 34:4 and Revelation 6:14) but nothing regarding the earth being so rolled together.
What do you think?
All the Best!