Number Symbolism

Number Symbolism - of the earth" and Ezekiel 7...

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Number Symbolism in the Old Testament To elementary number symbolism we add the Old Testament, in which everything is numbered. Sometimes the numbers have symbolic meaning, but the numbers are often used, it seems, just to make the narrative more concrete, saying, for example, that "Solomon built a house 100 cubits long" instead of "Solomon built a really long house." Umberto Eco says that much number symbolism can be attributed to the passage from the Book of Wisdom of Solomon, from the OT Apocrypha. XI, 20. Four Cardinal Points The Old Testament has many references to the four cardinal directions, such as in Isaiah 11, 12: "And he shall . .. gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners
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Unformatted text preview: of the earth." and Ezekiel 7, 2: "An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land" Four Winds Slide 4-25: Kitzinger, Ernst. The Art of Byzantium and the Medieval West. Bloomington: Indiana, 1976. p. 333 The invention of the four winds is a simple enough addition. In Jeremiah 49, 36 we read "I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds" From Virgil's Aeneid we have Aeolus, King of the Winds, who lived on an island just north of Sicily, who ruled the four winds : Boreas, the north wind (Latin, Aquilo) Zephyr, the west wing (Latin Favonius) Notus, the south wind (Latin Auster) Eurus, the east wind (same in Latin)...
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