The Bible’s Dozen

Twelve has always been a symbolic number of organization.

– Twelve, Freebiblecommentary.org

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A Couple ‘Dozen’ Bible Verses: Exodus 24:4, Exodus 28:21, Levitucus 24:5, Numbers 13, Numbers 17:2, Joshua 4:3,9,20, 1 Kings 4:7, 1 Kings 18:31, Matthew 14:20, Matthew 19:28, Matthew 26:53, Revelation 4:4,  Revelation 7:4, Revelation 14:1,3, Revelation 12:1, Revelation 21:12, Revelation 21:14, Revelation 21:16, Revelation 21:17, Revelation 21:21, Revelation 22:2

Non-Biblical Dozens
+ Twelve signs of the Zodiac
+ Twelve months of the year
+ Twelve gods of Mt. Olympus

Old Testament Dozens
+ Twelve sons of Jacob (the Jewish tribes)
+ Twelve pillars of the altar in Exodus 24:4
+ Twelve jewels on the high priest’s breastplate (which stand for the tribes) in Exodus 28:21
+ Twelve loaves of bread in the holy place of the tabernacle in Levitucus 24:5
+ Twelve spies sent into Canaan in Numbers 13 (one from each tribe)
+ Twelve rods (tribal standards) at Korah’s rebellion in Numbers 17:2
+ Twelve stones of Joshua in Joshua 4:3,9,20
+ Twelve administrative districts in Solomon’s administration in 1 Kings 4:7
+ Twelve stones of Elijah’s altar to YHWH in 1 Kings 18:31

New Testament Dozens
+ Twelve apostles chosen
+ Twelve baskets of bread (one for each Apostle) in Matthew 14:20
+ Twelve thrones on which NT disciples sit (referring to the 12 tribes of Israel) in Matthew 19:28
+ Twelve legions of angels to rescue Jesus in Matthew 26:53
+ Twelve stars on the woman’s crown in Revelation 12:1
+ Twelve gates, twelve angels reflecting the twelve tribes in Revelation 21:12
+ Twelve foundation stones of the new Jerusalem and on them the names of the twelve Apostles in Revelation 21:14
+ Twelve thousand stadia in Revelation 21:16 (size of new city, New Jerusalem)
+ Twelve gates of pearl in Revelation 21:21

– 24 elders on 24 thrones in Revelation 4:4
– 144,000 (12 x 12,000) in Revelation 7:4, Revelation 14:1-3
– Wall is 144 cubits (12 x 12) in Revelation 21:17
– Trees in new Jerusalem with twelve kinds of fruit (one for each month) in Revelation 22:2

SOURCE: Twelve, Freebiblecommentary.org (http://www.freebiblecommentary.org/special_topics/twelve.html)

Bible References come a Dime a Dozen these Days don’t They?

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