The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 900
The possible meaning of the number 900 is derived from Biblical history and the Hebrew calendar.
Five out the first six men in Jesus' lineage lived to be more than 900 years old. They were Adam (930, Genesis 5:3 - 5), Seth (912, verses 6 - 8), Enos (905, verses 9 - 11), Cainan (910, verses 12 - 14) and Jared (962, verses 18 - 20). Mahalealel, the firstborn son of Cainan, almost made it into the 900 club by living to the age of 895 (Genesis 5:3 - 20, Luke 3:37 - 38).
The only other ancestors of Jesus that lived more than nine hundred years were Methuselah (969, Genesis 5:25 - 27) and Noah (950, Genesis 9:29).
Appearances of Number Nine Hundred
The children of Israel, after they entered the Promised Land, frequently indulged in evil such as idolatry. God, when they sinned, would then allow some of their enemies to dominate them and make their life miserable so that they would repent and turn to Him. From 1212 to 1192 B.C., the sins of the people caused them to be harshly treated by King Jabin of Canaan. Their twenty-year long suffering under the king, who had military superiority over them with his 900 chariots, finally led to the people crying out to the Lord.
And the children of Israel cried to the Lord, for he (Jabin) had nine hundred chariots of iron. And he mightily oppressed the children of Israel twenty years (Judges 4:3, see also verse 13, HBFV).
The Israelites were ultimately freed of their enemy by the godly-inspired Judges Deborah and Barak.
The letter Sampi (ϡʹ) was used by the ancient Greeks to represent 900. If the Hebrew letter Tsade (צ), the 18th letter of its alphabet, appeared at the end of a word, it was changed to the letter Final Tsade (ץ). This letter was also used to represent this number.
The city of Corinth was visited by the Apostle Paul during his second and third missionary journeys. Two of his letters to the church in Corinth are in the New Testament with at least one other wrote but not included in God's word (1Corinthians 5:9). The history of Corinth, a wealthy first century city located about 48 miles (77.2 kilometers) west of Athens, goes back at least to 900 B.C.
Calendars and the Number 900
The first year on the Hebrew (Biblical) calendar begins late 3761 B.C. (Julian). Year 900 on this calendar system runs from late September 2862 B.C. to the middle of September in 2861.
BibleStudy.org’s Old Testament timeline, unlike the Hebrew calendar, dates the creation of man in 3969 B.C. This date also differs from Ussher's famous Biblical chronology that places Adam's creation in 4004 B.C. 900 years after 3969 is 3069 B.C.
The year 3069 B.C. is part of a unique period in Biblical history as many of the first patriarchs mentioned in Scripture were alive at the time. Adam was alive at 900 years old (Genesis 5:3 - 5). Seth, his son, as well as Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Methuselah and Lamech were also alive (verses 9 - 31).
Even Enoch, who ultimately died at the then relatively early age of 365, was alive at the age of 278 in 3069 B.C. (Genesis 5:21 - 23)! The period between Lamech's birth (3095 B.C.) and the death of Adam (3039 B.C.), spanning 56 years, is the only time in human history that representatives of man's first nine generations were alive at the same time!
More Info on Biblical Meaning of 900
The number 900 is equal to 30 x 30 (or 30 squared). It is also equal to 2 x 2 (2 squared) x 3 x 3 (3 squared) x 5 x 5 (5 squared).
The smallest translation ever published was the Mite Bible produced by Oxford University Press in 1896. It was nine hundred pages with each page being 28 x 41mm (1.62 x 1.12 inches) and 13mm (0.5 inches) thick.
The Holy Bible, a Faithful Version (HBFV) is used extensively by this Web site due to its accurate translation of Scripture's original text. The HBFV's Old Testament is based on the (Moses) Ben Asher Masoretic Hebrew Text (HBFV, Second Edition, page v.). The second codex (manuscript pages stitched together like a book) produced using this text is called the Aleppo Codex. This early book format of the Hebrew Scriptures was produced between 900 and 950 A.D. (ibid. Chronology IV).