Fatal Forties - • 40 days of Moses on Sinai • 40 days...

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Fatal Forties Forty is the number of trial and privation, possibly starting when the Babylonians observed the forty-day disappearance of the Pleides which coincided with the rainy season, storms and floods, trial, danger. The Pleides' return marked the start of the New Year Festival. Other negative associations for forty are: 40 years of Hebrew wandering in the desert 40 days and nights of the great flood. 40 years of Philistine dominion over Israel
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Unformatted text preview: • 40 days of Moses on Sinai • 40 days of Elijah's journey • 40 days of mourning for Jacob • 40 days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown, said Jonah. • 40 days of Lent, the period of fasting, self-denial, and penitence traditionally observed by Christians in preparation for Easter. • 40 day period of isolation in the Roman port, which survives in the word quarantine....
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