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The art of early medieval number symbolism

@article{Morrison2006TheAO,
  title={The art of early medieval number symbolism},
  author={T. Morrison},
  journal={The Journal of Australian Early Medieval Association},
  year={2006},
  volume={2},
  pages={169}
}
  • T. Morrison
  • Published 2006
  • Sociology
  • The Journal of Australian Early Medieval Association
Christian number symbolism built upon the strong tradition of Platonic philosophy, Pythagorean lore and Babylonian astronomy. Numbers such as 1, 7, 8, 12, and 40 had magical and talismanic properties and were strongly represented in the Hebrew Scriptures and apocrypha. God was praised: 'you have ordered all things in measure, number and weight' (Wisdom 11:21). In the Christian Scriptures, when John the Divine was perplexed with the events happening around him, he was given a golden reed to… Expand
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