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InvisibleSwami
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40 days
    #1196706 - 01/07/03 05:23 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

In the ancient world, 40 was considered a large number and used to exaggerate a point, much as we use the phrase, "I told you a million times!"

So how does one know when the number was actually 40 and when it was mere hyperbole?

Moses fasted for 40 days.

During the Great Flood, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights.

Jesus fasted for 40 days.

Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves

and so on...


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Re: 40 days [Re: Swami]
    #1196725 - 01/07/03 05:36 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Sources Swami??


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Re: 40 days [Re: Swami]
    #1196741 - 01/07/03 05:45 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

How do we know that everything in the bible wasn't hyperbole and symbolism?



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Re: 40 days [Re: Learyfan]
    #1196857 - 01/07/03 07:08 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Uh Oh...now you've gone and opened a can of 40 worms.


Edited by dee_N_ae (01/07/03 07:08 AM)


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Re: 40 days [Re: Swami]
    #1197018 - 01/07/03 08:33 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

I drink 40 oz'ers in the hood...


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To call humans 'rational beings' does injustice to the term, 'rational.'  Humans are capable of rational thought, but it is not their essence.  Humans are animals, beasts with complex brains.  Humans, more often than not, utilize their cerebrum to rationalize what their primal instincts, their preconceived notions, and their emotional desires have presented as goals - humans are rationalizing beings.


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