Questions tagged [numerology]

The study of the supernatural significance of numbers

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Why is the number 40 so common in the Bible?

In a lot of books in the Bible, the number 40 keeps appearing. E.g. Jesus went into the desert for 40 days and nights, and the Jews spent 40 years looking for the promised land. Is this because of ...
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Did any early church fathers, other than Augustine, condemn or write about numerology?

I came across this quote by St.Augustine: “The good Christian should beware of mathematicians. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the ...
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What did Jesus mean by seventy times seven? [duplicate]

We hear Jesus telling Peter at Matthew 18:22 :“I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven " when Peter asks for the maximum number of times he is expected to forgive his brother or sister. ...
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Was There a '7' Associated With the New Covenant? [closed]

I have heard from several places that Covenant making often involves the number 7 in some way. I don't ever recall a mentioning of a 7 associated with Jesus institution of the Eucharist and his death ...
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144,000: is there any denomination or group holding this symbolic interpretation?

Motivation: We know that a way to express fullness or completion in Hebrew is to double the word, e.g. Isaiah 26:3 speaks of perfect peace as shalom shalom. And there are clear cases in Revelation ...
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Is the Number of The Beast 666 OR 616? [closed]

The actual Number of The Beast is only mentioned in Revelation 13:18; In the Greek manuscripts, the number is rendered as χξϛ or "six hundred and sixty-six". In 2005 Oxford University's Ashmolean ...
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What is the significance of one-third in Revelation?

Why is everything 1/3 in Revelation? It comes up with the four angels, and the dragon: 8:7 The first [angel's trumpet] sounded, ... and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees ...
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How is it significant that Jesus rose on the 3rd day? [closed]

Christianity teaches that Jesus died on the cross and on the Third day rose from the dead. His resurection is significant for all sorts of reasons which I don't want to go into in this question. What ...
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Is there a doctrine or Biblical justification that explains why God chose the number 7 to be so significant?

Do any major traditions in Christianity hold any sort of formulated doctrine or is there some Biblical justification tossed around that explains God's a priori reason for choosing 7 to be significant ...
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Counterarguments to “Numerology”?

Background: I am interested in learning more about numerology. In this post I am specifically interested in the arguments used by those who reject this doctrine. My current impression of what "...
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What's the deal with numbers? [closed]

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that superstition is not supposed to be practiced and it is a violation of the 1st Commandment to honor God about all else. However, there's always ...
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Why is the number three special? [closed]

What is the significance to the number 3 in the Bible? There is already a question about the number seven, but no one said anything about 3. Here are a few 3's I came up with: The Trinity (Godhead) ...
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Why is the number 666 considered evil?

People always make jokes about the number 666 and how it's evil and such. What is the basis of this?
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Why is the number seven special?

God seems to favor the number seven and I'm not sure why. Is there a reason, or is this just His favorite number? You'll notice that God not only uses the number seven, but multiplies other numbers ...
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What is the significance of “seventy times seven”?

Twice in the bible, God makes reference to "seventy times seven" (or "seventy-seven times"). Once in Genesis 4:24 (dealing with Cain's punishment for his murder of Abel), and the other in Matthew 18:...
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Numerology and the Bible [closed]

The Bible has been the subject of many numerological attempts at applying greater / different meaning. The Bible Code being a popular example resulting in a book and a movie (at least one movie). My ...