How do you get the number of books in the Bible well let us start by doing the following, the Bible is divided into the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The 3 and 9
The word old has 3 letters and testament has 9 letters = 39 books in the Old Testament.
The word new has 3 letters and testament has 9 letters, if you multiply 3 times 9 that will give you 27 books in the New Testament. 3 x 9 = 27
Take away 3 from 9 and you get 6. Double that and you get the 66 books of the Bible.
A curious fact about the number 27 is that is the cube of 3 (3 times 3 times 3)
This also will give you a perfect cube. (Three length, three width, and three height)
If you add up all the numbers between 2 and 7, the total is 27 = (2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7)
The moon takes 27 days to orbit the Earth
It is the sum of the 7th odd & 7th even numbers, 27 = (13 + 14)
It is the 3rd cube number, 27 = (1, 8, 27)
The number of cubes in a Rubik's cube = 27 (center cube is invisible)
The Hebrew alphabet contains 27 letters, 22 basic letters and 5 final forms
The 5 and the 12
The Old Testament divisions are also pretty simple
5 books of law
12 books of history,
5 books of poetry,
5 books of Major Prophets
12 books of Minor Prophets
Here are some hints
Moses wrote the first five books the name Moses has five letters.
To get the number of historical books just add the words "Old Testament" and you get 12
David wrote most of the psalms his name also has 5 letters
To get the Major Prophets the word "major" has five letters
The phrase "minor prophet" has 12 letters
Or just think of them as a sequence 5, 12, 5 then start again 5, 12
The 4, 1 and 7
The New Testament is a little different
14 Pauline epistles
7 General Epistles
A different sequence
4 gospels for the 4 cardinal points (East, West, North and South)
Paul wrote twice (14) what the other apostles wrote (7)
1 book of the past history of the church (Acts)
1 book of the future history of the church (Revelation)
The following rhyme I composed should help
Four wrote a gospel
Their acts were the best
Fourteen epistles by Paul
Seven by the rest
Oh what great revelation
The Bible has an amazing number of ways to use numbers Just look at the following one it is called a chiasm, which is common in Hebrew literature, There is a symmetrical or mirror-like format.
The Genesis flood
7:4 - 7 days predicted for the flood
7:10 - - 7 days to wait for the flood
7:17 - - - 40 days of flood
7:24 - - - - -150 days of the waters rising
8:3 - - - - - -150 days of waters retreating
8:6 - - - - 40 days of waiting
8:10 - - 7 days of waiting
8:12 - 7 days of waiting
There are many other numbers that have similar significance
The 40 days
The rain of the flood was 40 days
Joseph was embalmed for 40 days
Moses was at mount Sinai for 40 days
The spies were in the land for 40 days
Moses returned to mount Sinai for another 40 days
Goliath challenged Israel for 40 days
Elijah walked to mount Horeb for 40 days
Ezekiel laid on his right side for 40 days
Jonah predicted that Nineveh would be destroyed in 40 days
The 7 years
Jacob worked for Rachel 7 years
Joseph predicted 7 good years and 7 bad years
The land was to rest every 7 years
The jubilee was 7 years times 7 years
Midiam ruled over Israel for 7 years
David was king in Hebron for 7 years
God offered David a famine of 7 years
The temple of Solomon was built in 7 years
The Lord sent a famine of 7 years
These number arrangements in the Bible were done deliberate, if they were just random numbers we would find many more different numbers in the scriptures, instead of the planned repetition that we can clearly see.
You still have doubts, just look at this
Saul was king of Israel for 40 years
David was king of Israel for 40 years
Solomon was king of Israel for 40 years
Now just what are the odds that these three kings reigned each exactly 40 years in continuos succession. God is trying to tell us something, are we listening?
The woman with the issue of blood had suffered for 12 years.
The young maiden then resurrected by Jesus was also 12 years.
The priests which sounded the trumpet in the temple were 120
The believers gathered in the upper room were 120
How about this one, the longest book in the Chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119; the shortest chapter is psalm 117. So guess which chapter is the middle chapter in the Bible? Yes that is right. 117 shortest, 118 middle, 119 longest. Strange coincidence? There is a whole lot more of that number placements in the Bible, it takes a little bit of paying attention and searching for sequences.
This is the counting of the values in a word or phrase to come up with some meaning. One quirk of the Hebrew Alphabet is that each letter has a numerical value. The numerical value of a word is determined by adding up the values of each letter. This helps us to understand the passage in Revelation 13:18, where it says that the name of the beast has the number 666.
The number of Jesus is 888, this is the number of perfection. The number 8 is also the number of infinity.
The secret biblical codes
Numbers are also the basis for the secret bible codes recently discovered in the Bible.
I can speak on this subject with some authority since I have studied cryptographic, not that I am an expert on in, but I know my way around this subject well.
For those that do not know Cryptography is the art of writing secret messages; which is quite useful during wartime. Cryptographers use mathematical codes in order to hide (encrypt) hidden messages in some text. It requires knowing the secret numeric code to decipher the message. It is almost impossible to deduce the hidden message without knowing the private encryption key. During World War II, America was able to break the Japanese secret code and was able to eavesdrop in their conversations. The American military created a secret code and hid it inside the Navajo language a little known native language. The Japanese scientists tried to decipher the Navajo code used by the Americans but could not do it.
The Bible has many such secret messages, but this was not known until it was discovered by using computers. The problem is that there are thousands upon thousands of possible numeric codes and unless knows exactly what one is looking for there is no way to get anything. That is why it requires computers to try out the thousands of combinations possible to get something meaningful.
Perhaps one of the many reasons God was so demanding in telling the Jews not to add anything to his word or take anything away was in order to preserve intact the cryptography in it. The more faithful to the original the scriptures were kept the clearer the message would come through. Just one letter out of sequence would destroy some of the cryptic messages in it. Of course because the way it was encoded this system would still function, even if some minor errors crept into the text, but the more that the text gets corrupted by having words misspelled, added or deleted the more the messages would be garbled or even destroyed.
The Bible code cannot be used to predict the future for the simple reason that you have to know what you are looking for when doing your search. And how would you ever know about a future event that has not happened yet?
In the book of Genesis by skipping the first 50 words and then another 50 words, the word 'Torah' appears. The same skip sequence spelled out 'Torah' in the Book of Exodus, the Book of Numbers and in the Book of Deuteronomy. Yet the middle book Leviticus doesn't have it, instead the tetagram"YHWH" is imbedded in it.
In the book of Ruth the name of God is hidden no less than eight times in acrostics in the text. Four times it appears as an acrostic, the famed Tetragammaton, "YHWH" or "Yahweh" or "YeHoVaH"; once as "EHYH" or "I AM" as at the Burning Bush. Also, Meshiach ("Messiah"), Yeshua ("Jesus"), and El Shaddai ("The Almighty"), also appear as Equidistant Letter Sequences (ELS).
Another example, Isaiah 53:10 says, "Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to brief; when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.". Starting with the second yod, and counting every twentieth letter in the text, spells Yeshua shmi, which means "Yeshua is my name!"
Zechariah 9:9 says "Rejoice greatly O daughter of Zion, shout O daughter of Jerusalem: behold the King cometh unto thee: He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding upon an ass.". Starting with the Hebrew word for rejoice, gi'li, you will find from the first yod, at 22 letter intervals, the name Yeshua!
Micah 5:2 is a familiar verse: "But thou Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been of old, from everlasting.". Starting from the fourth yod, counting every 49th letter spells, once again, Yeshua.
Are all these just coincidence? I don't think so! This was clearly not accidental it was purposely done by that brilliant mathematician, God the creator.
There are skeptics and critics of these imbedded codes in the Bible who contend it is all a coincidence, that any long enough text in Hebrew would give similar results. Research with other non-biblical texts have produced some of these codes, but never in the length, abundance, compactness and clarity of these biblical codes. Comparing the few codes found in some non-biblical texts to the codes in the Bible is like comparing a rock to Mount Everest.
Throughout history critics have attempted to discredit the Bible in any way possible. So the attack on the Bible secret mathematical codes is not new. They even have attacked the Bible mathematical precision. They have attacked the creation of the bath by Solomon as an incorrect statement. They say that the measurements given in the Bible are incorrect.
The dimensions of Solomon’s sea
The dimensions of Solomon’s sea (Bath) are given as being circular, 10 cubits in diameter and having a circumference of 30 cubits. Since Pi is equal to 3.1415+, that would make the Biblical measurement incorrect.
To this there are many explanations.
1. The simplest is that the builder was simply rounding off. Rounding off is an accepted practice when giving measurements. Builders do precise measurements but when talking to other people they routinely round off.
2. Another explanation is that the cubit measurement given is using a different cubit, that later was modified.
3. A third explanation is that the shape of the bath was not a perfect circle but was shaped in the form of the calyx of a lily, in other words, the rim was flared.
4. A different explanation is that the measurements are for distinct areas of the bath. The measurement for the circumference was given from below the bath, while the diameter was given from above the bath.
5. An explanation given by some mathematically inclined Christian is that the measurements are quite correct. The diameter was measured from the outside walls of the vessel, while the circumference was measured on the inside walls; the thickness of the wall, which was a handbreadth, would account for the length missing. Here are their calculations.
1 cubit = 18 inches
1 handbreath = 4 inches (approximate)
Outside circumference = 30
Inside diameter = 10
Here is how you calculate this pi
(Calculation of pi = circumference / (diameter-handbreadth))
((30 x 18) / [(10 x 18) - (2 x 4)])
Multiply 30 x 18 = 540
Multiply 10 x 18 = 180
Multiply 2 x 4 = 8
((540) / ((180) - (8.00))
Now subtract 180 - 8 = 172.00
(540 / 172) = 3.1395
Actual pi is 3.1415
A tiny difference of 0.0020
I would say the results from these calculations are pretty close to actual pi, I frequently have computed numbers dealing with averages and what not, and I often round out numbers, because a number does not have to be 100% accurate for it to be useful.
Any of these explanations is perfectly acceptable.
God, the great mathematician
God is a great mathematician, he created numbers, he created time, he created space, he created matter, and he created elements and weights. Anything that can be counted, measured, weighted and analyzed he created. The entire universe follows mathematical law.
The Bible is a book of numbers. It uses numbers, measurements and weights. Careful study will tell us a lot about the conditions of the economy of the times. It will also tell us about the culture of that time, and how time was divided.
Numbers and mathematics have universal laws. 2 plus 2 is always four. Unless you are into the "new math". It will be four in china, it will be four in Russia, it will be four to a communist, it will be four to a Christian, and it will be four to an Atheist. A minute is just as long to a hard worker as to a lazy bum.
Numbers are a language of their own. An equation does not care who makes it, whether it is an atheist or a Christian. The equation if is correctly defined will always yield the same result, never changing.
Perhaps one day someone will invent a language based upon pure mathematics, then we could truly communicate with each other with exact precision.