Numbers,  their use in the Bible

Jewish tradition placed symbolic significance on certain numbers. A similar use of numbers also occurs in early Christian writing. Multiples of symbolic numbers, such as seventy times seven or 666, were sometimes used to emphasize their symbolic significance.

The symbolic uses of numbers include:

In neither Hebrew nor Greek are there separate numeric characters, so in both languages numbers are represented by the letters of the alphabet. Hence, words have numeric counterparts, for example that for the name David is fourteen. The study of biblical numbers in search of hidden meanings is known as Gematria. Whilst the practice of Gematria might validly reveal symbolic significance that authors have embedded in their work, it can easily be taken to extremes, as in the occult-mystic branch of Judaism known as Kabbalah.