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John W Burgeson wrote:

*> I just ran across an interesting article on "pi in the Bible.'
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*> It is at
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*> http://www.math.ubc.ca/people/faculty/israel/bpi/bpi.html
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*> Warning -- it is "scholarly" and not easy reading.
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This is indeed interesting & scholarly but there's a huge

logical jump involved. Essentially the argument is that in I Kg.7:23

the Masoretic text has the word QVH, "line", but it's to be read QV.

(There are a number of examples of this in the Hebrew Bible. On this

see the footnote in _Biblia Hebraica_.) Now the numerical value of QVH

= 100 + 6 + 5 = 111 while that of QV = 100 + 6 = 106. The ratio of the

these is 111/106 = 1.04717, and if you multiply this by the value of pi

gotten from a straightforward reading, 3, you get 3.1415, which is a

good approximation.

OK - but WHY are the two numerical values to be combined in this

way & multiplied by 3?

The authors of this article don't attempt to give a reason. (At least I

didn't see one in my quick reading.) Absent some rationale for this, I

can't see the result as anything more than a coincidence.

Shalom,

George

George L. Murphy

http://web.raex.com/~gmurphy

"The Science-Theology Dialogue"

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