**Hebrews did not use figures to denote numbers. They spelled numbers out in full; from second century B.C. They used Hebrew letters of the alphabet for numbers. Numbers were often used symbolically; some had special religious significance especially 1, 3, 7, 10, 12, 40, 70, 666, 1000.**

The numbers of the Bible are indeed a subject of interest. Let me cite two examples--- the number 7 and 40.

The number 7 represent perfection. Pharaoh dreamt of 7 good years and seven years of famine. Jacob worked 7 years for Rachael. But he was given Leah and worked another 7 years. Multiples of 7 were important. The Jubilee year came after 49 (7x7). Jesus sent out the 70.

The number 40 represent a period of time. Saul, the first king of Israel reigned for 40 years. David ruled over Israel for 40 years. His son Solomon too ruled for 40 years. During Noah's flood it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. 40 is the maximum numbers of lashes given to an offender. Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness. After the resurrection Jesus appeared to his disciples for a period of 40 days and talked to them about the kingdom of God. The Book of Revelation says the beast will have complete control for 40 months.

The numbers of the Bible are indeed a subject of interest. Let me cite two examples--- the number 7 and 40.

The number 7 represent perfection. Pharaoh dreamt of 7 good years and seven years of famine. Jacob worked 7 years for Rachael. But he was given Leah and worked another 7 years. Multiples of 7 were important. The Jubilee year came after 49 (7x7). Jesus sent out the 70.

The number 40 represent a period of time. Saul, the first king of Israel reigned for 40 years. David ruled over Israel for 40 years. His son Solomon too ruled for 40 years. During Noah's flood it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. 40 is the maximum numbers of lashes given to an offender. Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness. After the resurrection Jesus appeared to his disciples for a period of 40 days and talked to them about the kingdom of God. The Book of Revelation says the beast will have complete control for 40 months.