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From the editors of Cascade Books and Pickwick Publications at Wipf and Stock Publishers

The Biblical Cosmos: now available

I anew bookm very excited that my new book—illustrated by my eldest daughter, Hannah—is now available on our W&S website. Special offer of $21.60 on the site. It is worth the money for the illustrations alone!

Here we are as the proud owners of our own copies. The tree in the background is clapping its hands for joy.

So, just in case anyone out there is interested, here are the endorsements and the Table of contents:

“In this masterful exposition of the sacramental worldview of the Old Testament, Robin Parry explains why the ‘flat earth’ of ancient Israel continues to be of significance for Christians today. If you’re wondering how, with a modern cosmology, we can still believe that Jesus ascended into heaven, this book is a must-read. And if you figure the Old Testament is simply incompatible with the Christian Platonism of the Christian tradition, you just may be startled by the insights of this book.”
Hans Boersma, J. I Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver

“Delightful. Robin Parry takes the reader on a fascinating tour of biblical cosmology and theology. If you want to enter the minds of the biblical writers, this book will guide you with wit and sound learning.”
Gordon Wenham, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, University of Gloucestershire, and Tutor in Old Testament, Trinity College Bristol, UK

“Parry expertly guides us through the strange biblical world of a flat earth at center of the cosmos, dragon-infested cosmic waters, a dome overhead, and abode of the dead below. But more than that, Parry invites us to accept this strange biblical world as is and to inhabit it, rather than conforming it to ours. In doing so, Parry opens up fresh ways of envisioning not only the biblical world, but Jesus and our own Christian faith.”
Peter Enns, Professor of Biblical Studies, Eastern University, Pennsylvania

“One of the great challenges for reading the Bible today is how to make sense of a biblical view of the world in our modern scientific era. In this book Robin Parry deftly and thoughtfully lays out the key issues as well as suggesting various ways in which we might begin to respond to them. This book is a must read for anyone serious about reading and making sense of the Bible today.”
Paula Gooder, Theologian in Residence, Bible Society, UK

“Robin Parry gives us what is both a fascinating survey of the cosmos as seen in Holy Scripture and a helpful guide to how Christians can best understand that biblical cosmology today. Thorough, lively, and thought-provoking, I warmly recommend it.”
Michael Ward, author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis

“This book is simply stellar! What a fabulously helpful way to introduce the significance of the OT cosmology for today!”
Pleiades, open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus

Leviathan, mythical chaos monster

“This book is smokin’ hot! I wish I’d read this it when I was alive!”
Saint Augustine, important bishop and theologian bloke

“I feel so honored to have been asked to paint a picture for the cover of this great little travel guide. And to have Leviathan himself agree to pose for it was literally awesome.”
Vincent Van Goch, artist

Introduction: Welcome to the Biblical Cosmos

Part I: A Tour of the Biblical Earth

  1. Joining the Flat Earth Society: The Big Picture
  2. Here Be Dragons! The Sea
  3. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Land
  4. A Land Down Under: Sheol/Hades

Part II: A Tour of the Biblical Heavens

  1. Eyes in Their Stars: The Sky /
  2. Brighter than a Thousand Suns: God’s Heaven /

Part III: The House of God: Temple and Cosmos

  1. God’s in the House: The Temple and the Biblical Cosmos
  2. Christ’s in the House: Jesus and the Biblical Cosmos

Part IV: Can We Inhabit the Biblical Cosmos?

  1. How Can We Inhabit the Biblical Cosmos Today?
  2. The Cosmic Temple Today
  3. The Biblical Heavens Today
  4. The Biblical Earth Today


  1. When Leviathan roars, doesn’t he sound more like he’s gargling, only very loudly of course?

  2. John,

    That’s what I thought. But when Leviathan speaks, you don’t argue. I simply transcribed what he said. (I did not tell him that he was being too conventional—I value my life too much)


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