Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tuesday Trivia: The Number of the Beast
Did you ever wonder why "666" is associated with evil?
In college, I took a History of Greece, Rome and Israel class, and the professor explained it like this:
In Hebrew, the declarative is formed by saying a word once: holy = holy.
The comparative is formed by saying it twice: holier = holy, holy.
The superlative is formed by saying it three times: holiest = holy, holy, holy.
Also, in ancient numerology, 7 is considered the perfect number, making 6 an imperfect number.
So, based on Hebrew grammar, 666 is the most imperfect number.
Which reminds me of a kiddie joke: Why was 6 afraid of 7?
Because 7 8 9.