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Van den hemel, de coelo

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This chapter addresses the issue of heaven, which is said to be the place of the good spirits as well as the place where the righteous go after this life. This place is called heaven, or hemel, that is, a secret or hidden place, as heaven is with regard to us because it is claimed to be high above the fixed stars, which is higher than our sight can reach, and therefore that place is secret for us because we cannot make much of a judgement on it except by reasoning. The Hebrews call heaven schamaim, which is said to be a compound word consisting of scham, meaning there, and maim, meaning waters. The word schamaim is also said to be made up of esch, meaning fire, and maim, waters, so that schamaim would mean waters there, or fire waters. These names, however, do not really fit the firmament well.

Keywords:fire waters; good spirit; heaven; Hebrews



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