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Gematria in the New Testament?

Sometimes I can’t resist skipping ahead in a book. Preparing for the “Eyewitnesses in the Gospels” seminar coming up June 5, 2011, here in Atlanta, I decided to start a second book by Richard Bauckham, The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple: Narrative, History, and Theology in the Gospel of John. When I saw the final chapter, “The 153 Fish and the Unity of the Fourth Gospel,” I had to skip ahead. And here are some interesting facts that sound like a combination of the show Numb3rs and biblical scholarship . . . Gematria is the rabbinic term for finding numerical patterns in the biblical text. It is not a term that was used in the time the New Testament was written. But numerical patterns are definitely part of the biblical … Read entire article »

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