Pi in the BibleDate: 03/08/99 at 17:26:58 From: Jessica Manning Subject: Pi and the Bible. My teacher said that pi is in the Bible twice, but I'm not sure where they both are. Date: 03/08/99 at 23:02:55 From: Doctor Rick Subject: Re: Pi and the Bible It is stretching things a bit to say that pi is in the Bible. The Bible does not claim to be a math textbook. But there are two references (in parallel passages) to the diameter and circumference of a circle; specifically a circular basin used at the Temple in Jerusalem. It was 10 cubits across (diameter) and 30 cubits around (circumference). That makes pi, the ratio of circumference to diameter, approximately 3. A more accurate measurement would have given between 31 and 32 cubits for the circumference. The references are 1 Kings 7:23 and 2 Chronicles 4:2. - Doctor Rick, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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