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The Number of the Beast is ... 616?!

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This brief article says that new evidence is that 616, not 666, might be the Number of the Beast.


The new fragment from the Book of Revelation, written in ancient Greek and dating from the late third century, is part of a hoard of previously unintelligible manuscripts discovered in historic dumps outside Oxyrhynchus in Egypt. Now a team of expert classicists, using new photographic techniques, are finally deciphering the original writing.


A professor the article quotes goes on to say the number 616 refers to the Emperor Caligula.


And this quote made me chuckle:


[Christian fundamentalists] and satanists responded coolly to the new "Revelation". Peter Gilmore, High Priest of the Church of Satan, based in New York, said: "By using 666 we're using something that the Christians fear. Mind you, if they do switch to 616 being the number of the beast then we'll start using that."



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My Bibles have had the possibilty of 616 in the footnotes since I can remember. I wonder what they previously based the 616 possibility on, if this is based on NEW evidence.


Man, just think of all the touch up work for the tattoo parlors! :rock



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I grew up in a fundamentalist household, I remember the fear incited by 666...it was rediculous. I also remember at one point being told that the mark would be made with a barcode on the foreheads of sinners, or something like that. Scary to hear as a kid (which is the point, I suppose), silly as an adult.


Somehow 616 sounds way more like an area code than a mark of the beast.



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