Originally posted by KazetNagorra
1 Kings 7:23 states: (KJV)
And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
Which suggests that God thinks pi = 3. What is the opinion of Christians on this matter?
Here's another possible explanation. This one having to do with the subtleties of the Hebrew text:
"The common word for circumference is qav
. Here, however, the spelling of the word for circumference, qaveh
, adds a heh
"In the Hebrew Bible, the scribes did not alter any text which they felt had been copied incorrectly. Rather, they noted in the margin what they thought the written text should be. The written variation is called a kethiv
; and the marginal annotation is called the qere
"To the ancient scribes, this was also regarded as a remez
, a hint of something deeper. This appears to be the clue to treat the word as a mathematical formula.
"The Hebrew alphabet is alphanumeric: each Hebrew letter also has a numerical value and can be used as a number.
has a value of 100; the v
has a value of 6; thus, the normal spelling would yield a numerical value of 106. The addition of the h
, with a value of 5, increases the numerical value to 111. This indicates an adjustment of the ratio 111/106, or 31.41509433962 cubits. Assuming that a cubit was 1.5 ft. (18 in.), this 15-foot-wide bowl would have had a circumference of 47.12388980385 feet.
"This Hebrew "code" results in 47.12264150943 feet, or an error of less than 15 thousandths of an inch! (This error is 15 times better than the 22/7 estimate that we were accustomed to using in school!) How did they accomplish this? This accuracy would seem to vastly exceed the precision of their instrumentation. How would they know this? How was it encoded into the text?"