Dr Peter J Williams, Principal @Tyndale_House, Cambridge, posted this on Twitter -
He was asked 'What are your thoughts on The Number of the Beast being 616 as stated in P115 and Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus?'
Dr Williams replied -
& Dr Williams has written about P115 - P115 [POxy 4499] and The Number of the Beast
Dr David A Falk, an Egyptologist teaching at the University of British Columbia, said
'Hi Peter ... I have come to believe that 666 is an OT symbol of rapidly gained political supremacy and financial domination after the pattern of Solomon (see 1 Kings 10:4)'
Peter Williams @DrPJWilliams replied
"Sure. The link with Solomon can stay, esp. as it's about trade and the Apocalypse is replete with OT allusions. The number requires deep thought and the explanations via gematria (painfully spell-corrected as hematuria) and OT allusion are not exclusive."
Discussion about the New Testament, apocrypha, gnostics, church fathers, Christian origins, historical Jesus or otherwise, etc.
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