Job 28:9 “They put their hand to the flinty rock,and overturn mountains by the roots מִשֹּׁ֣רֶשׁ.

the word מִשֹּׁ֣רֶשׁ is used literally for a root of tree or shrub,as in Jeremiah 17:8

Does the Torah, as in Job 28:9, teach that mountains have an extension below the mountain’s base, which is scientifically correct?

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    The text seems to be speaking of a foundation or a continuation of the mountain into the earth. The Metzudat David writes ומהפך את ההרים מן השורש בסבת הרוח הנסגר בבטן הארץ
    – rosends
    Commented Apr 11, 2022 at 19:28

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Sure looks like it. To be fair, I don't think realizing mountains continue underground is some kind of advanced knowledge. I assume everyone who lived around mountains realized that, especially in an agrarian society.

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