Michael Lorrey asked,
> What is the number in Hebrew?
The author was "St. John the Divine" so he wouldn't have used Hebrew.
Anyway, around that time I think the Hebrews used Roman numerals too.
Hebrew numerals are listed here:
In Hebrew, it's four hundred, plus two hundred, plus sixty, plus six (four
numerals, reading right to left).
Bottom line: the number is also supposed to be a name or the number of a
name. What do you call a list of numerals in descending (or ascending)
order? Perhaps it's a reference to digital technology? Number theory? Or
maybe the "beast" is the idea of counting, and all that numbers have made
possible (especially computers).
3M TA3 ::DCLXVI::
"It's not your vote that counts,
it's who counts your vote."
(Or was it Joseph Stalin... Hitler? Oh well, one of those socialists.)
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