Properties of the number 88
The number eight being the symbol of the infinity, 88 symbolizes the double directions of the infinity of the universe, that is to say the infinitely small and the infinitely large.
The number 88 is the numbered representation of the cross swastika - three times cranked. Symbolically, this cross represents the eternity or the cosmic Christ, and it is allotted to the number 16. And, by theosophical reduction, 8 + 8 gives 16.
It is the period of revolution, in number of days, of the Mercury planet around the Sun.
Among the abbreviations used in telegraphy and in telephony, and which are employed universally, we find the number 88 meaning "love and kisses".
By using as the correspondence table A=26, B=25, ..., Z=1, we find that, in French, "Dieu Un" (God One) gives 88.
The cardinal number 7 is used 88 times in the NT.
The sum of the occurrences of all the numbers of the New Testament multiple of 5 and written under their cardinal form gives 88. And the sum of the occurrences of all numbers multiple of 13, which are in the Bible of Jerusalem or in the NRSV, gives also 88.
Last modification: December 19, 1998