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Who knows one hundred forty?

Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will:

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  • Go on to the next number.

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Gematria of Mi Yodeya

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Good one! Checkmark because I can't resist. –  Isaac Moses Dec 7 '10 at 5:30
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Abraham's age when Yitzhak got married (Yitzhak was 40 when he married Rivka. בראשית כ"ה, כ)

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Chanukah happened in 140 BCE

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The number of years Job lived after his "troubles". (Job 42:16)

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Which of the sons of Yaakov died first? If it was Yosef, then from his death (at 110 after he'd been born when Yitzchak was 151, so 261 years into the 400-year exile) until the second year of travel through the desert was 140 years. That's the period described in the book of Sh'mos: from the death of Yosef, his brothers, and "that entire generation" until the mishkan was erected. (If another son of Yaakov died a year or more before Yosef, then the timespan of Sh'mos is the correct answer to some other question in this series rather than this one.)

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Yosef was indeed the first of the brothers to die (Berachos 55a, Sotah 13b). –  Alex Dec 14 '10 at 21:51
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