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Scott Mitchell, author of several books and founder of 4GuysFromRolla.com, has been working with Microsoft Web technologies since 1998. Scott works as an independent consultant, trainer, and writer.

He can be reached at mitchell@fuzzylogicinc.net or via his blog, http://ScottOnWriting.NET.


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comment Is the Tower of Babel discussed in other Jewish texts?
@Isaac: I apologize, I was ignorant of the appropriate terminology.
May
31
comment Bereishit vs. science
In the interest of pedantry, scientists do not believe the Earth is 14 billion years old, but rather the universe. The Earth itself is believed to be 4.54 billion years old - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_the_Earth
May
31
comment Is the Tower of Babel discussed in other Jewish texts?
@jake: I'm looking for wherever it's discussed beyond the short passage in the Old Testament. Preferably from sources written around the same time frame. Ideally, the answer would include links to the sources where I could read more about this story/event.
May
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asked Is the Tower of Babel discussed in other Jewish texts?
May
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comment A natural explanation for the significance of the numbers 7 and 40
I'm curious about 7 and 40 because those seem to be the most prevalent numbers for the reasons I cited, as well as those cited by Yakkov. I'm not aware of the significance of those other numbers you listed. Care to edit your answer and provide some more background on those other numbers?
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comment A natural explanation for the significance of the numbers 7 and 40
@msh210: I admit my knowledge in this area is essentially none outside of what I've read from the Old Testament, so please do forgive my ignorance. I guess my underlying question then is does the Chinuch give any reasoning behind the significance of the numbers of 7 and 40?
May
15
comment A natural explanation for the significance of the numbers 7 and 40
@msh210: If you know of a better place I could ask such a question, I'm all ears. I am honestly intrigued by a non-spiritual explanation for the importance of these two numbers and am not sure where I can find such insight. I was hopeful that maybe these numbers had had a cultural or traditional context in the Jewish community apart from or in conjunction with the spiritual context that I was unaware of that could help explain how these numbers gained significance, hence my reason for asking it here.
May
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comment A natural explanation for the significance of the numbers 7 and 40
@msh210: I apologize if it comes across as insulting, as I don't mean it to. From my understanding, there is a lot of emphasis on numbers and numerology in the Torah, from certain numbers repeating often (7 and 40 being two prime examples) to multiples of these numbers. I'm curious if there is an explanation to the importance of said numbers beyond, "God said so." It would be like asking, "Is there a societal explanation to forgiving all debts every seven years aside from God commanding it?" Is that insulting? I don't think so and, to me, it seems inline with "Jewish tradition."
May
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comment A natural explanation for the significance of the numbers 7 and 40
I guess that is my question, then: Are there known natural explanations for the significance of these numbers or is it just, "God said so?" It sounds like you would contend that the answer to my question falls in the latter camp.
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May
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comment A natural explanation for the significance of the numbers 7 and 40
Thank you for your answer. Unfortunately, my question was poorly worded. (I've since edited it.) I'm actually more interested in natural explanations as to how these numbers became significant, not why they are significant. In short, why would a group of people living thousands of years ago come to hold these two numbers in such significance? From a religious context you could say, "Because God created the Earth in 7 days, the Great Flood lasted 40 days, etc." but I'm more interested in ideas as to natural contexts.
May
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revised A natural explanation for the significance of the numbers 7 and 40
Added desire for more natural explanation; added 4 characters in body
May
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asked A natural explanation for the significance of the numbers 7 and 40
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