Notice that the final number
in this equation for the measure of the fish is the number
153. John knew that his
reference to the
measure together with his reference to
the number 153 would not be lost upon the minds of the Greeks to whom he
was writing. John was referring to Greek wisdom specifically, and
by extension to all wisdom.
So, the Greeks make the connections between the
measure of the fish and the final number in the equation, 153. It
would also bring to their minds their great cultural heroes, Pythagoras,
Euclid, and Archimedes.
Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans were best know for
their Pythagorean Formula. And it was by this formula that the measure
of the fish is determined.
Euclid was best known for his book on geometry,
Elements. And it is the first proposition of this book where
he constructs the
vesica piscis, which is the diagram of the fish.
Archimedes was known to have used the above
square root of √3
ending in the number 153. (He does not explain from where he got
this number. So, possibly he was the first to use it.)
So, both the final number 153 in the answer to the
What is measure of the fish?,
as well as the method of how it is calculated would cause the Greeks of
John's day to think of the quality of wisdom for which Pythagoras,
Euclid, and Archimedes were highly esteemed.