Is July 7, 2007, Your Lucky Day?
By Lori Wright, Media Relations
June 20, 2007
Brides across the United States are targeting one particular day in 2007 for
their wedding day – July 7 – believing that the 777 combination
will give them an extra dose of marital luck.
Brides point to the Bible when discussing why they want to get married July
7, 2007. According to David Frankfurter, professor of religious studies and
history, the number seven plays a significant role in the Bible, while other
significant numbers play a special role in how we think about luck and fate
“In our modern American society we have a tendency to look for magical
ways to control the world or fate, so numerology is especially important for
us,” Frankfurter says.
“In the Bible, numerology provided a very simple and clear way to indicate
perfection. The seven-ness of the angels, trumpets and bowls in Revelation
expresses the heavenly perfection behind all the fire and brimstone occurring
on earth, as much as the seven days of creation indicate the perfection of
the world around us. In the time of the finalization of the Jewish Bible, the
seven vowels of the Greek alphabet became also linked to these Jewish concepts
of perfection. So the ‘superstitions’ around seven are all good
ones,” he says.
“There are other ‘perfect’ numbers in the Bible: 12 and
four. In fact, the perfection of four, symbolized in the image of God's throne-chariot
in the first chapter of the Book of Ezekiel, contributed historically to the
choice of four gospels for the New Testament canon -- that is, out of all the
gospels that were written back then, we have four instead of two, three, or
five,” Frankfurter says.