Properties of the number 600
Represent the Karma of the microcosmic individual, according to R. Allendy.
Cosmic number of the conjunction and the internal fruitfulness, according to Annick of Souzenelle.
David gave to Ornan 600 shekels of gold to buy his site in order to build there an altar to Yahweh. (1 Ch 21,25)
The head of the spear of Goliath weighed 600 shekels of iron. (1 S 17,7)
A chariot was imported from Egypt for 600 silver shekels. (1 K 10,29)
The king Solomon made 200 great shields of beaten gold, 600 shekels of gold going into one shield. (1 K 10,16)
Shamgar challenged 600 Philistines with an ox-goad and saved Israel. (Jg 3,31)
The Pharaoh made harness 600 chariots when his army dashed off in pursuit of the people of Israel during its exit of Egypt. (Ex 14,7)
Age of Noah when the flood began. (Gn 7,11)
The Chaldeans knew a cycle of 600 years, called by the Jews divine year, by means of which the lunar months of 29 days, 12 hours, 44'3" correspond, with a remarkable accuracy, indicated by Cassini, with the solar years of 365 days, 5 hours, 51',36".
Age where the stork - or the crane - ceases to eat, being satisfied to live to drink. The stork and the crane are a symbol of longevity and immortality in the Far East and in particular in Japan.
The number 600 is used 25 times in the Bible.
The sum of the occurrences of all numbers of the Old Testament multiple of 8 and written in their cardinal form gives 600 by counting "ten thousand times ten thousand" (Dn 7,10) as being an additional number equal to 100000000.
Last modification: December 19, 1998