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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 3^{rd} 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 3^{rd} Person of Trinity, the Holy
Spirit, is closely associated with Wisdom
Sirach 1: 19
“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
11:2. Wisdom 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





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 2:1317 , Ephesians 5:1518 and Luke 5:3739
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’ 3^{rd}
Proposition ?
Interestingly, it is Archimedes’ 3^{rd} 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
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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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