Properties of the number 318
Represent the karmic liberation realized in the unit of the Cosmos by the effort of the creature - 8 + 10 + 300 - according to R. Allendy.
The Epistle of Barnabas explains this number by the correspondence with Greek letters and sees there "the men saved by Jesus in cross". And that due to the fact that the number 318 is figured by the Greek letter T, "tau", which has the aspect of a cross, and by the group IH, Iota-Eta, composed of the first two letters of the name of Jesus, IHSOYS: T + IH = 300 + 10 + 8 = 318.
The 318 men taken by Abraham to attack those which had captured his kinsmen Lot. (Gn 14,14)
The number 318 represents for the Gnostics the value of the word "Christ".
The number 318 was considered for some peoples as an abstract and universal number, expressing the value of a diameter whose circumference is the unit.
The mass of Jupiter is 318 times that of the Earth.
After that Abraham had delivered Lot with "318 warriors born in his own household" (Gn 14,12-16), in the chapter 15 God congratulates Abraham who however is not happy, explaining: as a heir of his house, he has only Eliezer of Damas born in his house. These two texts seem contradictory. Moreover, he will be no longer quoted thereafter in the life of Abraham. But the Cabalists noticed that the numeral value of the name of "Eliezer" is 318, being exactly the number of the "warriors born in his own household". Would Eliezer be a "numbered confirmation" of the 318 warriors used by Abraham? Or would he be a really men, the only warrior used by Abraham to conquer the enemy king? The question remains. The reader will note that the verse 2 chapter 15 in the Bible of Jerusalem is truncated so that the name of Eliezer does not appear because the continuation of the text would be corrupted. But we find it in other biblical versions.
The number 318 is used 1 time in the Bible.
Last modification: December 19, 1998