The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Cosmology (κόσμος, kosmos; + λογία, logia). The study of the origin, structure, and fate of the world.
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
World, cosmologyIn the Pauline corpus seven words are included in this semantic area, kosmos (“world,” forty-seven times), aiōn (“age,” thirty-one times), (“earth,” “land,” fourteen times), oikoumenē (“inhabited world,” once), kairos (“time,” thirty-one times which sometimes overlaps the temporal
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Creation, Cosmology
Creation, CosmologyBecause the world and its origin, structure and destiny (cosmology) are not treated systematically in the works under consideration, gaps must be filled in from what we suppose was commonly known. Several words impinge on this semantic area: kosmos (“world”), aiōn (“age”), (“earth”),
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
cosmology (Gk. κόσμος ‘the world’ + λόγος, ‘a doctrine’). The part of *metaphysics which deals with the world, considered as a totality of phenomena in time and space. It was one of the accepted divisions of philosophy among thinkers of the *Enlightenment, and the word was adopted thence by I. *Kant,
cosmogony. (Gk. κοσμογονία) A doctrine or myth about the origin of the universe. The word is used esp. of the speculations of the early Greek philosophers and also of the pagan mythologies.
Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith
CosmologyThe study of the arrangement and dynamics of the sun, the moon, planets, comets, and stars. At the time of the Reformation, European schools had been teaching Aristotle’s cosmology for three centuries. The earth was at rest, the cosmos was finite, and speculation about what lay beyond its outermost
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
Big Bang Theory
Big Bang Theory. Big bang cosmology is a widely accepted theory regarding the origin of the universe (see Evolution, Cosmic), according to which the material universe or cosmos exploded into being some 15 billion years ago. Since then the universe has been expanding and developing according to conditions
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
CosmologyThe common theme and goal of creation narratives and cosmological speculation in any era, ancient or modern, is a coherent articulation of the forces (divine or natural) that will account for the observable universe. In any culture this usually entails a positing of the unseen (forces or personified
Compton’s Encyclopedia
cosmologyThroughout recorded history, humankind has asked big questions about the universe: How large is it? Is it finite, or does space go on forever? How old is it, or has it always been here, and will it last forever? Where in the universe are we—the center? Or does it even have a center? Is the
Key passages
Ge 1:1–2

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth— Now the earth was formless and empty, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

Col 1:16

because all things in the heavens and on the earth were created by him, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers, all things were created through him and for him,

Re 21:1

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea did not exist any longer.