Patristic Numerology

This isn’t exhaustive, nor does this hold in every case.  Nor does it grant the knower magical powers over the text.  It is acliff notes summary of my own reading:
1 = unity, quality
2 = division, quantity
3 = Overcoming the dyad
4 = 4 elements of the earth; or the earth in general. Could also equal 4 sides of a prison
6 = number of man
7 = Sevenfold Spirit.
8 = New creation
9 = Angelic order
10 = ?
12 = Israel/12 Disciples
70 = nations of the world

About J. B. Aitken

Interests include patristics, the role of the soul in the human person, analytic theology, Reformed Scholasticism, Medievalism, Substance Metaphysics
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2 Responses to Patristic Numerology

  1. cal says:

    I thought 10 typically referred to plenitude, especially when in conjunction with another number. I’m not sure though.


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