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(Text as at 12/08/2007 10:17:46)
A frequent fundamentalist assumption is that numerical relationships & textual structures have been built into the Biblical texts by divine inspiration, without the authors being aware of them.
- Sometimes, however, as in acrostics, an artificial scheme was clearly adopted, maybe for ease of memorisation.
- On the rare occasions where numbers are given explicit significance in the Bible, as in Revelation 13:18 ("666") and possibly such passages as John 21:11 (153 fish), no light is shed and the interpretations are as many as the expositors.
- The whole notion of a secret numerical infrastructure to the Bible is Kabbalistic / Gnostic in tenor and is repugnant to the plain moral sense of Scripture.
- The clear instances of structure may be the unconscious but humanly explicable application of good style.
- The majority of supposed instances of divinely implanted numerics or structure in the Bible may be attributed to pure chance or pure fiction.
- It is also important to remember those counter-examples of poor style, grammar & structure that abound. For instance, the Apostle Paul's inability to resist a good diversion has had the effect of making his writings very difficult to understand.
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