From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: (urth) Numerological Wolfe Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 15:16:02 -0700 I made a numerological reflection relevant to 5HC: > "666," the Number of the Beast, is "the number of a man." Kaballistically, > 6 is a man and 3 is God; 666 is Man making a God of himself.) > In Rev. 13 the number is six hundred, sixty, six, not three 6s. A > lot of people are confused on this, simply because we say "sixsixsix" > and the English could be read either way. Well, yeah. The Arabic numeral system simply wasn't around when John had his vision. Still, I misdoubt whether the standard translations (like KJV's "six hundred, three score and six") are any better reflections of the original Gk than a simple 666. I frankly find it very unlikely that St John in writing this down was _un_aware of the hexaplicity of the three components of his number. I wasn't really familiar with the whole Solomon thing -- but I guess it works in context. Whatever meaning the number may have had to St John -- I think that is an entirely different question from what it may have meant to Gene Wolfe in the early-to-mid-'70s. And certainly it seems that much of the activity at 666 Saltimbanque is oriented toward man deifying himself. And, really, given o the popular association of the number with a certain Caesar, o the identity of GW's favorite fictional detective, and o the family's "real" last name I find it extremely unlikely that GW would miss the opportunity to make _that_ association... H'mmm. I have a couple of kind of separate things to say about 5HC. I'll make them in a separate post or two. --Blattid --