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Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady

Ron,

You are persistent as ever! My webmaster just contacted me today to say that there are problems with the Contact Page. Some were on his end, but at least one may be with my new email system. We're sorting it out.

Regarding Genesis lifespans, the fudge factor of three doesn't quite do these numbers justice. There seems to be another fudge factor based on how much the Genesis author likes a particular individual. But the exact number was probably chosen based on meaningful words that were represented by the gematria of the number itself, as with other numbers in Genesis. For example, the number 318 corresponds to the name Eliezer, Abram's one-time heir and chief servant, and is a key that this so-called servant was more important than he appears to be.

One other observation. Perhaps there was some special significance placed on a firstborn child born to a women (such as Sarah) at the end of her years of fertility. (This is also the dominant element in the myth of the goddess Inanna/Ishtar.) Although it seems to be the exception rather than the rule in Abraham's time, maybe it reflects the memory of a time when it was the rule. There is also the Biblical theme of sons born to a father "in his old age" being favored.

It is a trend we see in our times that birthrate decreases as society becomes more affluent, yet longetivity increases. Woman are increasingly putting off motherhood, but this could also be one reason why lifespans are increasing. Hmmm, wish our high school students would take up this subject rather than trying to equate Ramose and Ramses II.

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