Properties of the number 500
Symbolize the infinity for Irish.
Represent the physical life of the microcosmic creature, according to R. Allendy.
Represent the cosmic germ, according to Annick of Souzenelle.
After his resurrection, at a certain moment, Jesus would have appeared to more than 500 brothers at the same time. (1 Co 15,6)
In the parable of the creditor who had two men in his debt, one owed him 500 denarii and the other 50. (Lk 7,41)
Nicanor sent 500 soldiers to arrest Razis, one of the elders of Jerusalem. He was known as the father of the Jews because of his kindness for them. (2 M 14,39)
Five hundred men were put to death and exterminated by the Jews in the citadel of Susa. (Est 9,6)
Age of Noah when he fathered Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Gn 5,32)
Some authors believe that the Ascension of the Christ has been made ahead 500 witnesses.
Some apocryphal books mention the appearance of the Phoenix, bird of resurrection, during the sacrifice of Abel whose it is spoken in the Genesis. Since this time, the Phoenix returns every 500 years on the altar of the sacrifices to the Temple. It returns for the tenth and last time to the birth of Christ. When Simeon replaces Zachariah, the day of the murder of Zachariah, the phoenix burns on the pinnacle of the Temple while the parents of Jesus make a sacrifice for the presentation of their child. This narration recalls the passage of the Bible where Jesus speaks about the period staring from the blood of the innocent Abel spread by Cain until the blood of Zachariah, wire of Barachiah, assassinated between the sanctuary and the altar (Mt 23,35).
According to the legend, to the birth of Buddha, 500 young white elephants come to touch with their trunk the feet of the king, that is to say the father of Buddha.
The number 500 is used 27 times in the Bible.
Last modification: December 19, 1998