Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Number of the Beast: 666 or 616: how does it work?

Back in 2003, the BBC made a series called Bible Mysteries and it included an episode on the Book of Revelation. It features an excellent introductory explanation of how the number of the beast works in Revelation and it covers the "other number of the beast", 616, with some great shots of the Oxyrhynchus fragments of Revelation published in 1999. This is the relevant (ten minute) section of the documentary:

The experts used in the discussion are Ian Boxall of St Stephen's House, Oxford, and David Parker of the University of Birmingham.


Unknown said...

Interesting. My question is....Did God give John the vision or did John create his own vision? If it was God, then John didn't have a "target". He wrote what he saw. If it was John's imagination, then he is a liar and can't be trusted making the book of revelations a fraud. I don't want to take away from the discovery; just want to put some of the labeling into perspective.

JohnO said...

Rats, the video was taken down

Mark Goodacre said...

Yes, how disappointing.