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A Bit of Fun with 666!

As I hope you know, I try to keep my personal politics out of the blog.  I also hope I succeed, but some of you may think not…  But I do try.    It’s not that I do not have strong political convictions.  On the contrary, I am passionately political and will go to the mat for my views.   BUT, I want the blog to be open and welcoming to all people, whatever their political views (or religious views or any other kinds of views).  We can all be interested in early Christianity, and our politics don’t need to enter into it.

And unlike most of the people I know who have strong political views, I really do try to see “the other side,” and to realize that there are very, very good people with views different from mine.   Also unlike most people, I often appreciate and get a very good laugh out of jokes poked at views that I actually take very seriously.  But it’s always good to laugh, even at ourselves.

I say that as a preface to this request for humorous suggestions – or serious ones, if you prefer – about how to construe the number of the beast, 666.   As many of you noticed, I received a rather naughty suggestion last week, and I was even naughtier for posting it.  But it was too good to turn down.  It simply said:

F: 6th letter = 6
O: 15th letter = 1+5 = 6
X: 24th letter = 2+4 = 6
So I guess Fox News is Antichrist’s own Network !

Ha!  I think that’s a good one.   Here’s another one.  My students who take my Introduction to the New Testament course sometimes tell me that they don’t think it’s an accident that the phone number for the Department of Religious Studies at UNC  — famous (or infamous) for teaching historical and philosophical views that many students find challenging – is 962-5666.   What does that say about our nefarious existence as a department?!?  🙂

So, I’m interest in any humorous (or serious, OK!) suggestions about 666.  When I was teaching at Rutgers in the mid-80s, some liberal democrats suggested that it was not by chance that the president at the time had six letters in each of his three names, Ronald Wilson Reagan, 6-6-6,!  My students tended to be Republican, but they thought that was pretty funny.

So, do you have any good ones?  Let us know.  All political and religious positions are welcome, so long as they are not abusive and meant to harm anyone.  Those that are, I won’t post.

And I make this request realizing that it may end up being a big mistake!!!   But it may be good!  We’ll see.


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    sashko123  October 10, 2018

    Donald Trump was born June 14, and was 70 years old when elected. June is the 6th month and 1+4+7+0=6+6–> 6 6 6

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      sashko123  October 10, 2018

      Oh, also beware November 17, 2018, because that is the 666th day since January 20, 2017.

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      Bart  October 11, 2018


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    wgmccollum  October 10, 2018

    I used to do valet parking and worked with a guy who absolutely wouldn’t park or retrieve a car with a ticket number with consecutive 666 anywhere on it. It became a running joke to attempt to get him to “accidentally” move a car with said numbers. Finally, after weeks of this, I began to explain to him that some tickets’ numers could be ADDED up to equal 666. We had fun watching this guy try to do math in his head with each ticket number while we were getting slammed, and the supervisor screaming at him to hurry up. Wrong? Eh, it was fun.

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    balivi  October 11, 2018

    1. The number indicates the sons of adoniam: 666 (Ezra2:13) 🙂


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    Loring  October 14, 2018

    This isn’t an interpretation of 666, but an example of fundamentalist superstition about it. Many years ago, I was the cashier in a restaurant (when prices were much lower). One day, one of the servers brought me a bill to ring up, and told me this story involving it.

    She had waited on a father and son, serving them lunch. Before giving them the bill, she asked if they wanted dessert. “No,” he said. “Are you sure?” She asked one more time. “Yes.” Then she gave him the bill. With tax, it came to $6.66. He immediately told her that both he and his son would have dessert! Anything to avoid a connection with 666!

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    Robert  October 18, 2018

    יר יר בינכס שוב חי
    Gematria = 888
    Jar Jar Binks redivivus is the antichrist.

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    Middlesworth  October 22, 2018

    Google “725 fifth avenue and east 57th street Manhattan.” You’ll see a well-known building there.
    Subtract 57 from 725 and you get 668. The building at this site, according to Wikipedia, stands 664 feet tall. Average those two figures together: 668 and 664, and you get ….

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    BartyD4all  November 5, 2018

    Great thread. Comments one and all are too funny.

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    Seeker  January 18, 2020

    Funny! I’ve got a good one. Back when I was young, I really wanted to be in the “66 Club” at Church. This was a club for youth who could name Genesis to Revelation in order. Took me a couple of years. But I finally did it and got my reward. Not a trophy. Just a button pin that said “66 Club Member”. Now here was the real kicker — I was the 6th member in my Church’s youth group!

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