Monday, May 02, 2005

The 666 Revelation

Revelation! 666 is not the number of the beast (it’s a devilish 616)
(The Independent)
A newly discovered fragment of the oldest surviving copy of the New Testament indicates that, as far as the Antichrist goes, theologians, scholars, heavy metal groups, and television evangelists have got the wrong number. Instead of 666, it’s actually the far less ominous 616.

The new fragment from the Book of Revelation, written in ancient Greek and dating from the late third century, is part of a hoard of previously unintelligible manuscripts discovered in historic dumps outside Oxyrhynchus in Egypt. Now a team of expert classicists, using new photographic techniques, are finally deciphering the original writing.

This needs further corroboration, but for now, this guy can breathe a sigh of relief, whereas this one needs to get back to his adding table.

Related: Papyrus Reveals New Clues to Ancient World
The “classical holy grail” or unholy hype?

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