How to understand the Bible in reverse- NASA style
I've been quite fascinated by the "mountain and valley" language in the Bible. I think blind literalism is a dangerous approach to scriptural interpretation. However, sometimes, a literal physical phenomenon helps us understand elements of a literary style. In the case of eschatology or "end times" the literary style is apocalyptic. Indeed there are many instances of the use of "mountains" and "valleys" in the canonized Bible. But even in the extra-Biblical, early and ancient books we can find some examples of this language. That passages that strike me most in connection to the above article link follow from Enoch:
And [these mountains], that you have seen; the mountain
of iron, and the mountain of copper, and the mountain of silver,
and the mountain of gold, and the mountain of soft metal,
and the mountain of lead. All these in front of the Chosen One
will be like wax before fire, and like the water that
comes down from above onto [these mountains]
they will be weak under his feet.
And in front of him [these mountains] will not be firm
like the earth, and the hills will be like a spring of water;
and the righteous will have rest from the ill-treatment
of the sinners."