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According to the Des Moines Register:

Iowa City, Ia. — Tabitha Unternahrer, a Baptist minister’s daughter, grew up knowing the number 666 was associated with Satan. She didn’t want the number — even in the form of 6/6/06 — linked with her daughter.

That’s why Unternahrer, 23, of Wayland, rescheduled her Caesarean section birth, which originally would have been today at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

“I really didn’t want her to carry that birth date around,” Unternahrer said about her daughter, Taryn, who was born May 31.

Mrs. Unternahrer isn’t the only mom-to-be worried about giving birth to the Antichrist. Do a quick search on any news site and you’ll find scores of stories about women worried about June 6, 2006. 6/6/06. 666. The number of the Beast.

The Revelation According to John says:

Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.

Or so we thought.

You see, I’ve been following the brainiacs that have been decoding the Oxyrhynchus Papyri. Seriously, I have. I get Google News Alerts and everything. In 2005, these dudes found fragments of the oldest known Revelation According to John.

Guess what?

The number of the Beast is NOT 666.

It is 616.

It seems that a couple of centuries ago, some inept monk transcribed the wrong number.

We’ve been looking in the wrong place.

I’m not kidding. You can read it yourself here.

You’re not going to read it yourself, are you? Sheesh. I’ll do the work for you.

The newest volume of Oxyrhynchus Papyri contains a fragmentary papyrus of Revelation which is the earliest known witness to some sections (late third / early fourth century). A detailed discussion of its place in the MS tradition is given in the printed volume. You will find images at 150dpi and 300dpi in the papyri section of this site, accessible from the main menu.

One feature of particular interest is the number that this papyrus assigns to the Beast: 616, rather than the usual 666.



BWG said:

The Antichrist being born on a specific day because it matches (sort of) some particular number?

What is this — horse racing?

Posted on Jun 07, 2006 07:49 AM

Bob the Corgi said:

I learned the same thing yesterday by listening to another erudite font of information: the Opie and Anthony show on K-Rock radio.

We all have our trusted sources.

Posted on Jun 07, 2006 08:51 AM

Tanj said:

I liked this post back on the 6th when I read it.

I pictured you waiting for 6 6 6 to hit to post something new because you had an angle.

616 ... errr.

Posted on Jun 09, 2006 12:53 AM

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