Re: The Gentile mission? RE: [Synoptic-L] Luke's Great Omission
- On the numbers game:
Luke and Sinai traditions consistently mention seventy. However, when Moses and the seventy present themselves at the Tabernacle, they total seventy-one. Likewise, Jesus plus his seventy. Josephus also mentions provision for alleged miscreants to be brought before him and seventy he appointed.
The question arises as to whether the number cited in other ancient texts includes or excludes the HP or other figurehead.
The seventy(-two) variant arises from a different number count in LXX and MT of the list of nations in Genesis. The number is not actually stated there.
Seventy-two is a multiple of twelve, possibly suggesting even handed treatment in a tribal society.
Should we expect mathematical precision in ancient texts? (Or modern ones, come to that).