Bible Tales and Art

.4 Numbers

How can we possibly relate to the age of biblical persons like Methuselah in Genesis 5:27 ‘So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and then he died’.

Now, most of us are aware that Sarah was 90 years old when she gave birth to Isaac, making Abraham 99 when he sired and impregnated his wife. After Sarah died some 37 years later Abraham went off and found a concubine, Keturah, and had many more children with her.  Abraham lived until he was 175.

Jacob and Esau when they were having their boyhood squabble, over the blessing of their father Isaac it is believed they were 70 years of age. Isaac was 60 years old when the boys were born, and was 130 years old as he was about to give his blessing to his eldest son. Then Jacob goes off and meets his sweetheart, Rachel as if he’d never seen a girl before in his whole life. Yes, these were different times, but can this be truly credible?

For example ‘Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines’ . These were not actually his family, but a referral, perhaps, to his loyalties and disloyalties to his God, respectfully.

In the study of numerics as referring to the bible, it is said that numbers are not to be taken literally but are used as symbols that have hidden meanings. See this incredible theory,

It seems unbelievable that the many ancient authors of these respected letters were all scribing in a code that we cannot possibly understand and that we were never meant to.

I’m believing that theirs was not so much a code but a writing style of the time. It always has to be considered that writing tools and parchments were not available at the corner store. Each letter of every message was carefully chosen and also carefully copied after a parchment was worn out. Nothing was recorded that wasn’t absolutely necessary because of the difficulty of the process.

Our interpretation is where the process is flawed. Jewish translation

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