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More Details on the Horizontal Fraction Bar and

Why  153  Was so Prominent in Archimedesí  Work

 

The fraction below is thought of as one value for one number.

 

        265

       ▬▬

        153

 

The denominator, 153, is perceived as only one part of that one number.  This would be even more so if we to consider a fraction such as  Ĺ  in terms of its decimal equivalent.  However, the horizontal fraction bar as well as the decimal system did not come to the West until the 12th Century.  So, in the time of Archimedes, as well as during the time the Gospel of John was being written the fraction above would have to had been written as a ratio of TWO different numbers such as  265:153.  Written this way 153 is thought of as ONE number.  It is true, this is a difference of perception and form more so than of substance, but when we are talking about communicating an idea as John was doing in 21:11 without explicitly stating that idea, perception is everything.

This idea of ratios, and TWO distinct numbers, is even more obvious when we examine Archimedesí work on Pi as it is completely based on the mathematical properties of ratios.  So, Archimedes work on Pi involves a long list ratios, that is, a long list of values, or numbers written in linear form.  And his nine equations end with the final number of 153.  Therefore, 153 is most prominent and it becomes an easy way for St. John to allude to the wisdom of Archimedes.
 

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Introduction
Church Fathers : Sts. Jerome, Augustine, Gregory the Great, Cyril A.
No Reason ?
Why Church Fathersí Answers Could Not Be Johnís
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
Johnís Purpose
Why Church Fathers Did Not (could not?) Give Johnís Idea
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