The number of the beast: 616

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The number of the beast: 616

Probably old news, but I found it amusing given the use and abuse of this tired old symbol in popular culture.

Professor David Parker, Professor of New Testament Textual Criticism and Paleography at the University of Birmingham, thinks that 616, although less memorable than 666, is the original. He said: “This is an example of gematria, where numbers are based on the numerical values of letters in people’s names. Early Christians would use numbers to hide the identity of people who they were attacking: 616 refers to the Emperor Caligula.”

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Isn't 666 a code for Nero?

Isn't 666 a code for Nero?


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El diablo y dos los ninos,

El diablo y dos los ninos, seis uno seis!

 

(Don't ask, it's an in-joke)