This is not exactly true. Of what are we to make of the statement "In
the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth." Certainly this is
a theological statement as Jehova has revealed and claimed to be the
Creator. We could stop at that, recognize its theological significance,
and leave the rest to the observations of nature by the cosmologists.
However, there is a great deal of natural history (not scientific theory
like gravity, or quantum mechanics) in this statement. Further, it is
an atypical observation for its time and not one that could in any
analysis be based on then current observations or scientific thinking.
As we can all recognize, there was no "science" or even a belief in
cause and effect in the days of tent-dwelling nomads.
BUT, it did get the cosmology right, or at least in tune with todays
theories. That is:
There was a beginning.
The universe was created (read that science cannot see beyond the "Big
Bang" event) and therefore, something that is not scientifically
The heavens (and then) the earth were created.
Not even close to any other concurrent description. A natural history
revealed but not a description of any natural laws.
Wow. Thats a lot of cosmology for a shepard and in stark and dramatic
contrast to the typical anthropormorpic myths of the day or cyclic
universe of some regions.
And you say the ancient scriptors don't give scientific history?
What is missing is a detailed decription in modern terms. Can't be done
in the argot of the day but the Hebrew for all the translational
difficulties does within a broad brush framework get it right.