I noticed an apparent conflict when the Torah uses units of a large number. It seems to occur with mentioning someone's age.


Breishit 23:1 Sarah lived 100 years and 20 years and 7 years


Breishit 47:28 Jacobs' life was 7 years and 40 and 100 years

In the first case, the units are in descending value (100, then 20, then 7). IN the 2nd, they are in ascending value (7, then 40, then 100.)

Why is there a change in the ordering of the units?

  • Pretty sure העמק דבר has an explanation at 23:1. If no one beats me to it, I hope to post that explanation when I have access to it. – msh210 Oct 30 '18 at 15:09
  • @Gary, your assumption is, I'm afraid, incorrect. – msh210 Oct 31 '18 at 6:24
  • @Gary I know that Midrash. That's not what I'm asking. I'm curious if there is a more general rule, as the ascending order is mentioned at Avraham and Yishma'el's death as well. I suspect that there is something grammatical occurring, but, I'm uncertain. – DanF Oct 31 '18 at 16:07
  • @msh210 Would you like to go ahead and post this answer? Otherwise, I'll happily do it. – Daniel Feb 7 at 17:45

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