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DEFENDING  THE  BRIDE

 

 
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Sections :

Introduction
Church Fathers : Sts. Jerome, Augustine, Gregory the Great, Cyril A.
No Reason ?
Why Church Fathers’ Answers Could Not Be John’s
Problems with Square Root of 3 Answer
Context Points to the Answer : An Explanation That Works
Archimedes : Context of Time and Place
Greeks and Wisdom
Fish
Calculating the Measure of the Fish
John’s Purpose
Why Church Fathers Did Not (could not?) Give John’s Idea
Conclusion

 

Five More Arguments Based on the Number 3 :
   
John gives us another clue. 
John specifically refers to this as the 3rd time Christ appeared to the Apostles in John 21:14.  There are several reasons as to why John might have wanted to emphasize the number 3.

The Greeks of his day would have unmistakably associated the number 153 with wisdom, and especially that of Archimedes. 
And the number 3 tends to confirm that association.

Reason #1.
3 - An allusion to Wisdom  ?

The 3rd Person of Trinity, the Holy Spirit, is closely associated with Wisdom

Sirach 1: 1-9 
“All wisdom comes from the LORD
… he created her through the Holy Spirit”
[See Jerome’s translation of the Old Testament for Sirach (Ecclesiasticus – meaning “Church Book”)]

The pagan Greeks believed in many gods.  John was teaching the Christian message of the One Trinitarian God.    
Wisdom
is the first of seven of the gift of the spirit, see  Isaiah 11:2Wisdom is called the first and highest gift of the Holy Spirit.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church, states :

“ …  He made all things by himself, that is, by his Word and by his Wisdom,” “by the Son and the Spirit” ...”   CCC 292 

 
There is a close mathematical relationship between the numbers 153 and 3.  Now, it is not necessary that John believed that these mathematical characteristics of the number 153 listed below were anything more than mere coincidences. All that was necessary was for John to have known that the Greeks of his day would associate mathematics with esoteric principles.  And that these principles were the key to spiritual and philosophical wisdom. And, John would have known that because he lived with the Greeks when he wrote this Greek Gospel for them. And because they thought this way, all God had to do was to cause 153 fish to swim into the net, and for John to specifically mention this detail – even when he admits that there are many other things not included in his Gospel  –  in order to allude to wisdom and make his point.
See John’s Purpose
See  Greeks and Wisdom

“God built the universe on numbers.” – Pythagoras
 
153 Fish : Explaining the number 153
 

153 a Triangular Number

Thus, the number 153 is the 17th triangular number.

Notice below, that the only Sunday on which John 21:11  is read is on the 3rd Sunday of Easter in Year C, the third year. Thus, we have two three’s. Year C falls on the following years : 2019, 2022, 2025, 2028, 2031, 2034, 2037, etc. Picture below found on Felix Just, S.J.’s web site.

 

 

Reason #2.

John could have been making complete a parallel between Jesus’ first and last miracles.

Jesus’ first miracle was the changing of water into wine.
Wine is a symbol of the gifts and workings of the Holy Spirit.
See Acts 2:13-17 , Ephesians 5:15-18 and Luke 5:37-39

John makes parallels throughout his Gospel
from beginning to end.
John tells us that Jesus performed his last miracle, the catch of 153 fish, at Jesus’ 3rd  appearance after the resurrection. If John was wanting to use “153 fish” also as a symbol of one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the 3rd Person of the Trinity, then the use of “153” in this way would have made complete the parallel between the first and last miracle.  The number 153 is closely associated with the number 3 as seen above. So, both miracles would have been alluding to gifts of the Holy Spirit, the 3rd Person of the Trinity.

 

Reasons  #3, #4, #5

The following 3 reasons could be an association by John with the best known manifestation of man’s natural wisdom in the Greek world, Archimedes’s work on Pi, which the Greeks would have highly esteemed.
See Archimedes’ Wisdom

Reason #3.
The Bible and 3  -  an allusion to Pi and therefore to Archimedes’ work on Pi ?

1 Kings 7:23 suggests that Pi, π ,  is equal to 3. 

1 Kings 7:23
“ … it was round, ten cubits from brim to brim, … and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference.”   
The length of the circumference of a circle is equal to π time the length of its diameter.   
C = π • D.  Therefore, Pi, π, is about 3.

 So, by refering to 3 John could have been alluding to Pi, and Archimedes work on Pi.


Reason #4.
The number 3  -  an allusion to  √3 ?  The equation listing √3’s  rational approximation ends with the number 153.  Archimedes is the first person accredited to using that approximation.

 

 

Reason #5.  
The number 3  -  an allusion to  Archimedes’ 3rd Proposition ? 

Interestingly, it is Archimedes’ 3rd Proposition where he solved for the value of π.  Is John wanting the Greeks to make the connection between the number 3 and Archimedes’ third proposition ?  

Is there a connection between the number 3 and Archimedes’ wisdom on how to calculate Pi ? 
Between the number 3 and the √3  and the number 153 ?
See Archimedes’ Wisdom

 

Read :
The Number 153 Was Very Prominent and Recognizable in Ancient Greek Culture

 

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Sections :

Introduction
Church Fathers : Sts. Jerome, Augustine, Gregory the Great, Cyril A.
No Reason ?
Why Church Fathers’ Answers Could Not Be John’s
Problems with Square Root of 3 Answer
Context Points to the Answer : An Explanation That Works
Archimedes : Context of Time and Place
Greeks and Wisdom
Fish
Calculating the Measure of the Fish
John’s Purpose
Why Church Fathers Did Not (could not?) Give John’s Idea
Conclusion

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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