Etymology of 'Raqia'
nNoun from same word group as verb ‘raqa’ (uqr)
nThe standard dictionary of Brown, Driver and Briggs translates the verb as ‘beat, stamp, beat out’ and ‘spread out.’
nFrom this it is commonly argued that the Bible pictures the sky as something solid which has been ‘spread out by beating.’
nThe verb is used eleven times in the Bible.