Re: Tit for Tat (Richard's challenge)?

From: gordon brown (
Date: Fri Sep 12 2003 - 15:24:41 EDT

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    On Fri, 12 Sep 2003, Donald Nield wrote:

    > It would not surprise me if numerical considerations had some effect on
    > the final form of the OT canon. That there are 5 books in the Torah is
    > probably not an accident. That there are 12 books of the minor prophets
    > suggests some design. With 5 and 12 established, it is not surprising
    > that there might be 12 historical books and 5 books in the major
    > prophets section and 5 wisdom books. The 22 is probably just a
    > consequence of 5+5+12 =22.
    > The four gospels plus Acts forms a group of 5, and it is likely that the
    > early church saw this group as analogous to the Torah. That leaves 22
    > other NT books. That may be a coincidence -- not improbable.
    > Don Nield

    The above is based on our Old Testament organization, which in turn is
    taken from the Septuagint. The Hebrew Bible is organized much differently.
    The order of the books is substantially different, and in some cases what
    we consider to be two books is just one.

    Gordon Brown
    Department of Mathematics
    University of Colorado
    Boulder, CO 80309-0395

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