Category Archives: expanse-firmament-raqia

Rāqîaʿ (rah-QEE-ah): The technical term used in Genesis 1 for the ‘stretch of space’ God ‘enlarged’ or ‘expanded’ within the midst of the primeval waters as the second major act of creation: The creation of the sky / heavens on the second day of creation. We also use this term (rāqîaʿ) to refer to the notion of ‘cosmic-space’ that appears (often prominently!) in other non-Hebrew cosmologies. This is why you will see this tag applied to articles discussing non-biblical texts.