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The canopy theory seeks to explain the reference in Genesis 1:6 to "the waters above the firmament," assuming that "firmament," or "expanse," as the Hebrew word is alternatively translated, refers ...
I am not sure if there was a watery canopy above the earth at the deluge of Noah and time before. However the atmosphere must have been different because after the flood God gave Noah a sign, the rainbow, that he would never flood the earth again. So presumably rainbows weren't in existence before the deluge. The worldwide flood was not only caused by heavy rain but mostly by sub-terrain water bursting out from the depths of the earth (Genesis 7:10-12). Apparently there is enough sub-terrain and oceanic/sea water to cover the earth to a depth of 2.7 km if one flattened all the mountain ranges.
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