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A Ukrainian Catholic Scholar specializing in the Babylonian Talmud, Judaism, the Maccabees, and the Judeo/Christian Tradition
A Ukrainian Catholic Scholar specializing in the Babylonian Talmud, Judaism, the Maccabees, and the Judeo/Christian Tradition

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Also, when the letters of the Tetragrammaton are arranged in a kabbalistic tetractys formation, the sum of all the letters is 72 by Gematria—a rabbinic system of assigning a numerical value to each letter of the alphabet—as shown in the diagram.

In another tradition, the mystical sacred name is actually 72 letters long and the high priest is said to have communed with the Almighty using this 72-letter name of God, which was written out on a long strip of parchment, folded and slipped inside the high priest's bejeweled breastplate. When someone would ask the high priest a question of Jewish law, the high priest could invoke the name, wherein according to lore the 12 jewels on the breastplate, representing the 12 tribes of the Israelites, would light up with the glory of God.

The number 72 has a number of significances both scientifically and mystically. Besides being the product of 6 times 12 (the number of points on the Star of David times the number of the tribes of Israel), it is also the sum of four successive prime numbers (13 + 17 + 19 + 23), as well as the sum of six consecutive primes (5 + 7 + 11 + 13 + 17 + 19). It is also a "prone number," meaning the product of two successive integers (8 and 9).

The number 72 is also:

The average number of heartbeats per minute for a resting adult
The conventional number of scholars translating the ancient Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Bible, used as a basis for most English versions of the scriptures
The number of disciples sent forth by Jesus in Luke 10 in some manuscripts (70 in others)
The total number of books in the Holy Bible in the Catholic version of the Book of Lamentations is considered part of the Book of Jeremiah
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As more than one Rabbi has taught me, the Magen David is simply a cool, graffiti artist style of signature using the first and last letter of David's name in the ancient Hebrew alphabet (which looked just like a TRIANGLE). This gave soldiers under his command a simple ikon to paint on their shields to quite literally scare the enemy into full retreat. Why did the sign of David and his soldiers scare the Pagan Canaanite so much? Well, let's turn to the Bible for the real answer (hee hee hee)-

Now Saul’s daughter Michal was in love with David, and when they told Saul about it, he was pleased. “I will give her to him,” he thought, “so that she may be a snare to him and so that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.” So Saul said to David, “Now you have a second opportunity to become my son-in-law.”

Then Saul ordered his attendants: “Speak to David privately and say, ‘Look, the king likes you, and his attendants all love you; now become his son-in-law.’ ”

They repeated these words to David. But David said, “Do you think it is a small matter to become the king’s son-in-law? I’m only a poor man and little known.”

When Saul’s servants told him what David had said, Saul replied, “Say to David, ‘The king wants no other price for the bride than a hundred Philistine foreskins, to take revenge on his enemies.’ ” Saul’s plan was to have David fall by the hands of the Philistines.

When the attendants told David these things, he was pleased to become the king’s son-in-law. So before the allotted time elapsed, David took his men with him and went out and killed two hundred Philistines and brought back their foreskins. They counted out the full number to the king so that David might become the king’s son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal in marriage.

- 1 Samuel 18:20-27

Now you can easily imagine this specific activity of David and his soldiers as looking like a seriously scary mass castration. So by the time word got around the enemy camp, the symbol represented the most savage style of warfare in history. They were probably screaming 'Run, run like Hell. They're gonna castrate us all!!!' (hee hee hee)

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As more than one Rabbi has taught me, the Magen David is simply a cool, graffiti artist style of signature using the first and last letter of David's name in the ancient Hebrew alphabet (which looked just like a TRIANGLE). This gave soldiers under his command a simple ikon to paint on their shields to quite literally scare the enemy into full retreat. Why did the sign of David and his soldiers scare the Pagan Canaanite so much? Well, let's turn to the Bible for the real answer (hee hee hee)-

Now Saul’s daughter Michal was in love with David, and when they told Saul about it, he was pleased. “I will give her to him,” he thought, “so that she may be a snare to him and so that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.” So Saul said to David, “Now you have a second opportunity to become my son-in-law.”

Then Saul ordered his attendants: “Speak to David privately and say, ‘Look, the king likes you, and his attendants all love you; now become his son-in-law.’ ”

They repeated these words to David. But David said, “Do you think it is a small matter to become the king’s son-in-law? I’m only a poor man and little known.”

When Saul’s servants told him what David had said, Saul replied, “Say to David, ‘The king wants no other price for the bride than a hundred Philistine foreskins, to take revenge on his enemies.’ ” Saul’s plan was to have David fall by the hands of the Philistines.

When the attendants told David these things, he was pleased to become the king’s son-in-law. So before the allotted time elapsed, David took his men with him and went out and killed two hundred Philistines and brought back their foreskins. They counted out the full number to the king so that David might become the king’s son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal in marriage.

- 1 Samuel 18:20-27

Now you can easily imagine this specific activity of David and his soldiers as looking like a seriously scary mass castration. So by the time word got around the enemy camp, the symbol represented the most savage style of warfare in history. They were probably screaming 'Run, run like Hell. They're gonna castrate us all!!!' (hee hee hee)
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✡ / Star of David / ✡
(n.) (Non-Christian Religions / Judaism) an emblem symbolizing Judaism and consisting of a six-pointed star formed by superimposing one inverted equilateral triangle upon another of equal size Also called Magen David

- Collins English Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 2003


✡ / Star of David / ✡
(Noun ): a six-pointed star formed from two equilateral trianglesStar of David - a six-pointed star formed from two equilateral triangles; an emblem symbolizing Judaism. - Magen David, Mogen David, Shield of David, Solomon's seal

hexagram - a regular polygon formed by extending each of the sides of a regular hexagon to form two equilateral triangles.

- WordNet 3.0 Dictionary (at the Free Dictionary.com)


✡ / Star of David / ✡
Star of David (noun): a hexagram used as a symbol of Judaism. Also called Magen David, Mogen David, Shield of David.
Related Words for Star of David: Magen David, Mogen David, Shield of David, Solomon's seal

- Collins World English Dictionary


✡ / Star of David / ✡
(n.) Also called Magen David - an emblem symbolizing Judaism and consisting of a six-pointed star formed by superimposing one inverted equilateral triangle upon another of equal size

- Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged


✡ / Star of David / ✡
(Magan David or Mogen Dovid in Hebrew, Shield of David, Solomon's Seal, or Seal of Solomon) is a generally recognized symbol of Judaism and Jewish identity. It is also known as the Jewish Star. With the establishment of the State of Israel the Jewish Star on the Flag of Israel has also become a symbol of Israel.

- Star of David, Bigpedia, bigpedia.com



✡ / Star of David / ✡
An emblem symbolizing Judaism and consisting of a six-pointed star formed by superimposing one inverted equilateral triangle upon another of equal size

- Collins Discovery Encyclopedia (2005)
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✡ / Star of David / ✡
(n.) (Non-Christian Religions / Judaism) an emblem symbolizing Judaism and consisting of a six-pointed star formed by superimposing one inverted equilateral triangle upon another of equal size Also called Magen David

- Collins English Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 2003


✡ / Star of David / ✡
(Noun ): a six-pointed star formed from two equilateral trianglesStar of David - a six-pointed star formed from two equilateral triangles; an emblem symbolizing Judaism. - Magen David, Mogen David, Shield of David, Solomon's seal

hexagram - a regular polygon formed by extending each of the sides of a regular hexagon to form two equilateral triangles.

- WordNet 3.0 Dictionary (at the Free Dictionary.com)


✡ / Star of David / ✡
Star of David (noun): a hexagram used as a symbol of Judaism. Also called Magen David, Mogen David, Shield of David.
Related Words for Star of David: Magen David, Mogen David, Shield of David, Solomon's seal

- Collins World English Dictionary


✡ / Star of David / ✡
(n.) Also called Magen David - an emblem symbolizing Judaism and consisting of a six-pointed star formed by superimposing one inverted equilateral triangle upon another of equal size

- Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged


✡ / Star of David / ✡
(Magan David or Mogen Dovid in Hebrew, Shield of David, Solomon's Seal, or Seal of Solomon) is a generally recognized symbol of Judaism and Jewish identity. It is also known as the Jewish Star. With the establishment of the State of Israel the Jewish Star on the Flag of Israel has also become a symbol of Israel.

- Star of David, Bigpedia, bigpedia.com



✡ / Star of David / ✡
An emblem symbolizing Judaism and consisting of a six-pointed star formed by superimposing one inverted equilateral triangle upon another of equal size

- Collins Discovery Encyclopedia (2005)
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✡ / Star of David / ✡
(n.) (Non-Christian Religions / Judaism) an emblem symbolizing Judaism and consisting of a six-pointed star formed by superimposing one inverted equilateral triangle upon another of equal size Also called Magen David

- Collins English Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 2003


✡ / Star of David / ✡
(Noun ): a six-pointed star formed from two equilateral trianglesStar of David - a six-pointed star formed from two equilateral triangles; an emblem symbolizing Judaism. - Magen David, Mogen David, Shield of David, Solomon's seal

hexagram - a regular polygon formed by extending each of the sides of a regular hexagon to form two equilateral triangles.

- WordNet 3.0 Dictionary (at the Free Dictionary.com)


✡ / Star of David / ✡
Star of David (noun): a hexagram used as a symbol of Judaism. Also called Magen David, Mogen David, Shield of David.
Related Words for Star of David: Magen David, Mogen David, Shield of David, Solomon's seal

- Collins World English Dictionary


✡ / Star of David / ✡
(n.) Also called Magen David - an emblem symbolizing Judaism and consisting of a six-pointed star formed by superimposing one inverted equilateral triangle upon another of equal size

- Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged


✡ / Star of David / ✡
(Magan David or Mogen Dovid in Hebrew, Shield of David, Solomon's Seal, or Seal of Solomon) is a generally recognized symbol of Judaism and Jewish identity. It is also known as the Jewish Star. With the establishment of the State of Israel the Jewish Star on the Flag of Israel has also become a symbol of Israel.

- Star of David, Bigpedia, bigpedia.com



✡ / Star of David / ✡
An emblem symbolizing Judaism and consisting of a six-pointed star formed by superimposing one inverted equilateral triangle upon another of equal size

- Collins Discovery Encyclopedia (2005)
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✡ / Star of David / ✡
(n.) (Non-Christian Religions / Judaism) an emblem symbolizing Judaism and consisting of a six-pointed star formed by superimposing one inverted equilateral triangle upon another of equal size Also called Magen David

- Collins English Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 2003


✡ / Star of David / ✡
(Noun ): a six-pointed star formed from two equilateral trianglesStar of David - a six-pointed star formed from two equilateral triangles; an emblem symbolizing Judaism. - Magen David, Mogen David, Shield of David, Solomon's seal

hexagram - a regular polygon formed by extending each of the sides of a regular hexagon to form two equilateral triangles.

- WordNet 3.0 Dictionary (at the Free Dictionary.com)


✡ / Star of David / ✡
Star of David (noun): a hexagram used as a symbol of Judaism. Also called Magen David, Mogen David, Shield of David.
Related Words for Star of David: Magen David, Mogen David, Shield of David, Solomon's seal

- Collins World English Dictionary


✡ / Star of David / ✡
(n.) Also called Magen David - an emblem symbolizing Judaism and consisting of a six-pointed star formed by superimposing one inverted equilateral triangle upon another of equal size

- Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged


✡ / Star of David / ✡
(Magan David or Mogen Dovid in Hebrew, Shield of David, Solomon's Seal, or Seal of Solomon) is a generally recognized symbol of Judaism and Jewish identity. It is also known as the Jewish Star. With the establishment of the State of Israel the Jewish Star on the Flag of Israel has also become a symbol of Israel.

- Star of David, Bigpedia, bigpedia.com



✡ / Star of David / ✡
An emblem symbolizing Judaism and consisting of a six-pointed star formed by superimposing one inverted equilateral triangle upon another of equal size

- Collins Discovery Encyclopedia (2005)
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