Who knows one hundred seven?

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107 years after the Torah was translated into Greek (the Septuagint), the Chashmonaim won their victory against Hellenistic culture and its infiltration of Jewish life.

(The years of these two events are, respectively, 3515 and 3622 since Creation.)


107 is the age (in years) יעקב was when יוסף met פרעה, in a miscalculation that assumes יעקב had not stopped to learn for fourteen years in בית עבר. (Source:‎ מגילה‎ 17a.)

  • Didn't Yosef actually meet Par'o when Ya'akov was 108? Ya'akov was 130 when he met Par'o, and that was after 22 years of separation from Yosef.
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 18:06
  • @Isaac, יוסף didn't meet פרעה the year he left יעקב: he was incarcerated first.
    – msh210
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 19:02
  • @msh210 - So, Ya'akov was 109 when Yosef met Par'o. I don't understand how a 14-year miscalculation can make that look like 107.
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 19:04
  • @Isaac, he was incarcerated with the Minister of the Butlers and the Minister of the Bakers for two years, but was in Potifar's house first.
    – msh210
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 20:29
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    To be exact, he was in prison for 12 years (and before that he spent a year in Potiphar's house). So when Yosef met Pharaoh, Yaakov was 121. Deduct 14 years for Shem and Ever's yeshivah, and you get 107.
    – Alex
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 20:57

107 is the number of "folk sayings" (אמרי אינשי) that appear in the gemora Bavli, as listed in this sefer.


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