The Tao of Gideon
Posted By: Charles Pope
Date: Friday, 28 July 2006, at 6:45 a.m.
In the Book of Genesis, Abraham takes 318 men to rescue his nephew Lot from Khedorlaomer and his allies. In the Hebrew this number is actually broken down as two numbers, 300 and 18. The Greek Septuagint translates three hundred as tau (19th letter of the Greek alphabet and representing the value of 300). This is an obvious word play (at least to us here) on Tao, the Egyptian name of Abraham's ally Mamre-Gideon. Likewise, in the Book of Judges, Gideon is famous for his 300 men. It is also another little clue that the Torah was not completed until the Greek period.
- The Tao of Gideon
Charles Pope -- Friday, 28 July 2006, at 6:45 a.m.
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