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"666: The "number of the beast."

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People posting to a past comment line on the Beliefnet web site were rather sarcastic about the significance of 666. Some samples:

bullet "...that whole triple six thing and the beast is just palpable nonsense from a book (The Book of Revelations) [sic] that specializes in nonsense." Posting by "steppen0410e."
bullet "This 666 stuff has devolved into silly superstition, and responsible Christians should eschew it, for the weightier matters of peace, justice, and love." An Anglican priest.
bullet "Is it more comical, or tragic that in the 21st century a debate over the 'mystical' relevance of 3 numbers is occurring? It is difficult to remain objective and tolerant in light of such total rubbish." "Save1967."

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The source of the number "666":

The "number of the beast," 666, is derived from the book of Revelation -- the last book in the Christian Scriptures (a.k.a. New Testament). It is perhaps appropriate that it comes from the 13th chapter -- itself an unlucky number among the superstitious. A great deal of attention has been paid to the meaning of this number, particularly by conservative Protestants. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that "666" is simply a code referring to the Roman Emperor Nero. Many religious historians agree.

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet Source and interpretations of "666."
bullet Recent manifestations of "666."
bullet Superstitions associated with "666."

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Some other web sites dealing with 666:

bullet Mike Keith, "The Number of the Beast," at: He notes that the number has been studied by mathematicians because of its many interesting properties.
bullet "Number of the Beast," Wikipedia, at:
bullet Vernon Jenkins, "666 = and all that!," 2001-OCT-04, at:
bullet David Pack, "Who or what is the BEAST of Revelation?," The Restored Church of God, at:
bullet Jason Hommel, "666: The Mark of the Beast," Bible Prophesy, at:

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Copyright © 2006 to 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted: 2006-JUN-06 (06/06/06)
Latest update: 2015-AUG-30
Author: B.A. Robinson

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