Re: Fwd: Re: acrostics-what is it?

From: Steven Craig Miller (
Date: Mon Jan 24 2000 - 10:44:29 EST

<x-flowed>To: Tsalampouni Ekaterini,

<< Could the number 666 be regarded as an acrostic? >>

The number 666 is generally taken to be a cryptogram, gematria, and/or an
isopsephos. FWIW ... on the wall in Pompey was found a message scrawled
saying (something to the effect): "I love her whose number is 545." It is
assumed that the author of this message could be fairly certain that only
the loved one herself, and perhaps a few initiates, knew what name lay
hidden behind the number. (See: ABD 6:54-55; and Jurgen Roloff's commentary
on "Revelation.")

-Steven Craig Miller
Alton, Illinois (USA)
FWIW: I'm neither a clergy-person, nor an academic (and I have no post-grad

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