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Re: [GTh] IH and IS Again

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  • Michael Grondin
    Ancient mathematicians divided even numbers into three groups, sometimes called perfect , deficient , and super- abundant . A perfect number (also
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 29, 2009
      Ancient mathematicians divided even numbers into three
      groups, sometimes called 'perfect', 'deficient', and 'super-
      abundant'. A "perfect number" (also so-called in modern
      mathematics) is any number n whose "parts" (i.e., factors)
      are equal to n itself - where the parts/factors of n include any
      lesser whole number (including one) which evenly divides n.

      Perfect numbers are few and far between. There's one
      between 1 and 10 (viz., 6), one between 10 and 100
      (viz., 28), one between 100 and 1000 (viz., 496) and
      again only one between 1000 and 10000 (viz., 8128).
      Interestingly, CGTh makes use of both of the first two
      perfect numbers, as line 280 is also the 6th block of text.

      This is to draw attention to the fact, all too easily overlooked,
      that the makers of CGTh were familiar with mathematical
      knowledge of the time, including notably the concept of
      "sum of its parts". So when they and/or others before them
      contemplated the relationship between the sacred names
      IH and IS, they almost certainly must have realized that
      the sum of the parts of IH (viz., 1,2,3,6,9) was 21. And as
      pointed out in my earlier post, the number 21 would have
      been intimately connected with 210, the value of IS.

      There would, then, have been at least four numerical
      connections known to exist between 18 and 21/210,
      which would almost certainly have led to the conclusion
      that the relationship between IH and IS was divinely-
      ordained, so that if the use of one of them was pleasing
      to God, then so was the other:

      1. That the sum of the parts of IH was 21.

      2. That there was a symmetrical progression between
      18 (6+6+6), 21 (7+7+7), and 888 as value of IHSOUS.

      3. That the sum of the first five prime numbers (1,2,3,5,7)
      was 18, and that their product was 210.

      4. That it was also true of the set of numbers {5,6,7} that its
      sum was 18 and its product 210, and that that set was (by happy
      circumstance or otherwise) the number of letters in the name

      I'm quite convinced that the designers of CGTh were aware
      of the connection between IH/18 and the Hebrew word for
      'life'. Their emphasis on "he-who-lives" is testimony to that,
      and insofar as sayings which involve that concept are considered
      early, the thing as a whole must be considered so as well, IMO.
      Nevertheless, the designers of CGTh chose to use IS in lieu
      of IH. In fact, they used 105 IS's and IHS's altogether (three
      of the latter), which reflects the numerical value of IS, so they
      knew what they were doing - and it wasn't just translating.

      As a rather old American expression has it, "they're at
      sixes and sevens", indicating (I think) some kind of discord
      between two basically different ways of looking at things.
      Myself, I'm very much tempted to speculate that Jewish
      Christians might have favored the use of IH because of its
      close connection to the number 6, whereas the increasingly
      numerous Gentile Christians tended to prefer the emphasis
      on the number 7 represented by IS. Certainly the Letter of
      Barnabas stresses the number 6 not only in connection with
      the sacred name IH, but also in connection with the age of
      the world (which he thought to be 6000 years). But while one's
      choice of a sacred name abbreviation may have been seen
      as a distinct difference between Jewish and Gentile Christians,
      it's hard to see it as having been taken as a sign of schism,
      given the numerous close connections between 18 and 21/210,
      i.e., between IH and IS.

      Mike Grondin
      Mt. Clemens, MI
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