Re: 153/John 21.11

Will Wagers (
Tue, 14 May 1996 05:13:39 -0500

Rod Bias writes on 5/14/96:

> David Scholer wrote:
> >
> > Of course, the 153 may simply be the literal number in the catch. But, a
> > symbolic meaning should not be so quickly dismissed. The suggestion that
> > there is nothing to suggest a symbolic meaning may be ignoring the
> > statement that "the net was not broken" = the Johannine concern for
> > unity/"that they all may be one."
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> The number 153 is the seventeenth in the sequence pointed out by (from
> memory ... nothing at hand to check this out) an Italian mathematician named
> "Fibanacci" (or something like that).
> 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10+11+12+13+14+15+16+17=153
> 1 3 6 10 15 21 28 36 45 55 66 78 91 105 120 136 153
> What, if any, bearing or meaning this has escapes me.

If anyone is really interested, the place to inquire is Alexandria list at David Fiedler runs it and he has a recent
book _Jesus Christ, Sun of God_, which talks about means, Fibonacci
numbers, etc. in NT tales, e.g. 153:265 is the whole no. ratio approximating
the square root of three, "the measure of the fish", or the vesica piscis.
These and other ratios occur again and again in the Bible, and acc. to
Fiedler and others, represent the geometrical backbone of many otherwise
incomprehensible tales littered with specific numerical values. I think he's
on to something. I believe he claims to be the first to completely unravel
Mk 6:30-8 (but, it may have been a different one). He's also on Sophia and
Alexandria has a web site. Mathematically, it's not over anyone's head.

Of course, it could just be 153 ...

Differentially yours,