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## Science and Judaism: Biblical Numbers, Mathematics and Attributed Patriarchal Ages

Credit: Roger Price

The Hebrew Bible is filled with numbers. There are different kinds of numbers — cardinals and ordinals, integers and fractions, even primes. And they are everywhere in the Torah text.

There are numbers for days. (*See, e.g.,* Gen. 1:5, 8, 13.)

There are numbers for life spans. (*See*, e.g., Gen. 5:5, 8, 11.)

There are numbers for populations, i.e., census numbers. (*See, e.g.,* Ex. 1:5, 12:37; Num. 1:46, 2:32.)

There are numbers for the measurement of quantities. (*See, e.g.,* Ex. 16:22, 36, 29:40.)

And for sizes. (*See, e.g.,* Gen. 6:15.)

There are numbers for the duration of events. (*See, e.g.,* Ex. 12:40, 24:18.)

There are numbers for a host of seemingly mundane things, such as the number of visitors and the number of palm trees. (*See, e.g*., Gen. 18:2; Ex. 15:27.) read more