Regarding the passage of Revelation 13:18, which is likely the most proper way to present the Beast's number?
- 600+60+6 (six hundred and sixty six)
- 6-6-6 (six six six)
- 600+10+6 (six hundred and sixteen)
- 6-1-6 (six one six)
From the King James:
Six hundred is obvious..
Threescore - A "Score" is twenty, so that's sixty And sis
So, the correct answer, according to that version, is your first:
Also agrees to by the New American Standard version:
So, either 666 or 616 could be the result of a copyist error.
If you're really interested in the opinion of someone who's taken the time to research this, I'd recommend this article from EscapeAllThings.com.
The conclusion leans strongly toward 666 as in "six hundred and sixty six".
The Greek spells out each word:
At the time the NT was written, place holders were unknown. It was simply not possible to write ἕξ ἕξ ἕξ (or to use the single letters for six which would be three stigmas) and it be understood as six hundred sixty-six. To write out 666 using the letter equivalents would be chi xi stigma (χξϛ). Chi being used for six hundred, xi representing sixty, and stigma being 6 (stigma was used in antiquity only as a numeral). If you did write out ἕξ ἕξ ἕξ or ϛϛϛ, the reader would understand it as "18" because you add up the letters to make the total.
The translator's notes for Revelation 13:18 from the NET Bible concludes that 666 is to be preferred over 616:
I would definitely check out this video. This youtube video is done on a channel that focuses on Math and Numbers, so 666 will be discussed Mathematically. However, the video mostly covers the historical side of the number 666. It goes into the Bible, how languages could have interpreted the number etc. It is very interesting.
But if you don't want to watch it (I recommend you do) I have briefly explained it below
The bible was not originally written in English, so in the original Greek manuscripts, the number is actually written as three letters. This is because the Greeks didn't have symbols for numbers, they had to use letters instead. Hebrew is also like this.
So in this system Alpha = 1, Beta = 2, Gamma = 3... This continues until at Iota, which will equal ten, then Kappa = 20... and this continues until Rho, which will equal 100, then sigma = 200... This means that every word has a numerical value. For example, the name "Pete" (Converted to Greek letters) will come out to be P = π = 80, e = ε = 5, t = τ = 300, and e = ε = 5. So the four numbers that make up "Pete" are 80, 5, 300, 5. So this added up is 390. Pete = 390. Depending on the translation you are using, it may say, "count the number of the beast" or even "calculate the number of the beast". So it is as if the bible is telling you that these numbers are a riddle. So basically the number comes out to be "Nero Caesar" in Hebrew. But in Greek, "Nero Caesar " comes out to be 616.
So in reference to your question, the way it should be represented is either six-hundred-sixty-six (666), or six-hundred-sixteen (616). This all depends on the version of Bible you are using.
If the link does not work. Search on YouTube or Google "Numberphile 666" and you will find it.
Understand six-hundred-sixty-six in relation to Isopehpy, the Greek word for the practice of adding up the number values of the letters in a word to form a single number.