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ASCII's fault

by John M. Dlugosz (Monsignor)
on Jul 09, 2002 at 21:19 UTC ( #180612=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Predicting the end of times...
in thread Predicting the end of times...

So does anyone know the Hebrew ordinal system? That's what 666 was from... Hebrew words are also numbers, since they used letters for digits. Something like that.

Update: ybiC found this link. The author didn't include <A NAME> tags, so scroll down to the table following “Could you refresh my memory how numbers work in Hebrew?”

Interestingly enough, this is the same site that has Hotbits (as in Genuine Quantum Randomness).

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Re: ASCII's fault
by Basilides (Friar) on Jul 10, 2002 at 09:21 UTC
    (Very off topic)I'm not sure about this. All this 666 business comes from the Revelation in the New Testament, the majority of which was originally in Greek, not Hebrew.

    This is pretty cool tho'--I do admire the arbitrariness of spelling 'HOLY BIBLE' in English, and totalling up the ASCII values. ++s all round.

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