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Who knows one hundred forty-seven?

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

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Yaakov Avinu lived for 147 years

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There are 147 unique body parts in the human body.

The mishna in Ahalos 1:8 lists that 101 have symmetrical counterparts and 46 are central.

Some are bones. Others are not, but all are referred to by the single term "evarim".

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There are 147 chapters in the Book of Tehillim.

(According to a book of Aggadata quoted in the Yerushalmi (Shabbos 16:1), and from there in Tosafos to Pesachim 117a, and in Baal Haturim to Gen. 47:28.)

A great deal of ink has been spilled on how to reconcile this with the 150 chapters that we have. From various references in the Gemara, as well as present-day Yemenite practice, it seems that some single chapters that we have were originally split in two, and conversely, some that we have as two chapters were originally one.

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