Other Witnesses to the Creation

This is a list of passages to be addressed later—things that seem to pertain to the creation, and especially things that give NEW information, not found in Genesis 1 or 2.

Psalm 74:12Yet God my King is from of old,
    working salvation in the midst of the earth.
13 You divided (parar) the sea by your might;
(Compare to how God “separated” or “divided” the waters in Genesis 1:4ff.  Interestingly, the word used here is common for speaking of breaking a covenant.)

    you broke the heads of the sea monsters on the waters.
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
    you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
15 You split open springs and brooks;
    you dried up ever-flowing streams.
16 Yours is the day, yours also the night;
    you have established the heavenly lights and the sun.
17 You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth;
    you have made summer and winter.

Josephus–Antiquities of the Jews.  Book 1.  Chapter 1.
1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. But when the earth did not come into sight, but was covered with thick darkness, and a wind moved upon its surface, God commanded that there should be light: and when that was made, he considered the whole mass, and separated the light and the darkness; and the name he gave to one was Night, and the other he called Day: and he named the beginning of light, and the time of rest, The Evening and The Morning, and this was indeed the first day. But Moses said it was one day; the cause of which I am able to give even now; but because I have promised to give such reasons for all things in a treatise by itself, I shall put off its exposition till that time. After this, on the second day, he placed the heaven over the whole world, and separated it from the other parts, and he determined it should stand by itself. He also placed a crystalline [firmament] round it, and put it together in a manner agreeable to the earth, and fitted it for giving moisture and rain, and for affording the advantage of dews.  (Perhaps this could be interpreted in different ways, but at first blush, it appears that Josephus understood that there were “other parts” not included in the “whole world”.  It was over this “whole world” that the “heaven” was “placed”.  And note the climate control language regarding the installation of this “crystalline” over the one part.  This is all consistent with my Limited-Firmament Theory.  Granted, this is the account of Josephus, and not of a prophet, but my concern is whether Josephus’ understanding was commonly held in his day.)