In the Bible, the number 14 has a double meaning. It refers to the numerical value of the name David in ancient Jewish numerology. It also references the number seven, which in ancient Jewish numerology is the number for spiritual perfection. As 14 is twice seven, its use implies a double measure of that virtue.Know More
The total value of the name David is determined by adding the individual values assigned to the name's three consonants. The consonant dalet = 4, while vav, = 6. Therefore, dalet+vav+dalet = 4+6+4 = 14.
The number 14 makes only one significant appearance in the Bible. In the first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, the author divides the genealogy of Jesus into three groups of 14 generations. The first group runs from Abraham to David, the second from David to Josiah, who was alive at the time the Jews were taken into captivity in Babylon, and the third from Josiah to Joseph.
As the number three represents God's actions in ancient Jewish numerology, it is inferred that the separation of the Jew's history into three distinctive periods implies that everything that happened was part of God's plan, one which the number 14 implies will result in a double measure of spiritual perfection for his people.Learn more about Christianity
The Epistles of the Bible are the 21 books in the New Testament that constitute formal letters of instruction from elders to leaders and members of the new Christian church. Thirteen of the Epistles were written by the Apostle Paul, three by the Apostle John, two by the Apostle Peter, and one each by James and Jude. The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews is unknown.Full Answer >
There are many verses in the Bible that address the topic of having faith. In the New Testament, the Book of Matthew has many verses about faith, such as Matthew 17:20.Full Answer >
Opinions differ as to Christ's canonical genealogy thanks to differing accounts provided within the text of the Bible in the First and Third gospels. This is an ongoing subject for debate between the many different camps of Biblical scholarship and also for rationalist opponents to theological canonicity.Full Answer >
Although the Bible does clearly show that people need to repent for all sins, there is no passage that says that all sins are equal; instead, the Bible shows some sins cause more guilt or damage than others. One passage that clearly shows that some sins are more serious than others is John 19:11, which includes the passage "for this reason he who delivered me up to you has the greater sin." The Bible, however, concludes that sin results in eternal punishment.Full Answer >