The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 57
One of the most eventful years in the Apostle Paul's long ministry was 57 A.D. It was in this year, during his third missionary journey, that he was chased out of Ephesus by a local pagan silversmith who stirred up a riot against him (Acts 19)!
Paul, leaving Ephesus in the summer of 57, travels to Macedonia and ends up in Philippi. While staying in the city he writes the book of 2Corinthians and then decides to make a short trip to Corinth. While wintering in the city he writes the book of Romans.
Appearances of the number fifty-seven
The Apostle Paul, while he was a Roman prisoner in Caesarea (Acts 24), turned 57 years old in 59 A.D. He remained in custody until the autumn of 60 A.D. when, at his request, he was sent to Rome to have his case heard by Emperor Nero.
The 57th book in the KJV translation is Philemon. It was written by the Apostle Paul from 61 to 63 A.D. while he was a prisoner in Rome. He penned this letter to his friend during his most productive period when he authored a total number of five "prison" books (Hebrews, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon).
In the King James translation Genesis 41, Leviticus 14, Judges 9 and John 11 all number exactly 57 verses.
The only Biblical books with more than fifty-seven chapters are the Psalms and Isaiah.
Judah and the number 57
King Amaziah of Judah was 57 years old when he placed his son Azariah (Uzziah) as co-ruler of the kingdom. Amaziah lived another eleven years until, at the age of 68, he died and left his son sole monarch over God's people. At his death his became the oldest ruler who would ever govern over the Kingdom of Judah.
Additional info on Biblical Meaning of 57
The English word "eternity," which appears only once in the King James Bible translation, is found in the fifteenth verse of Isaiah 57.
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones (Isaiah 57:15).