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Although I disagree with your presupposition that the ages are merely symbolic, I think this is a great question nonetheless. The reason I say this is that regardless of whether the ages are historically significant, we should assume they are literarily significant. The Bible is literature, and each author (or redactor) of each book has crafted his work of ...


the book of Revelation (...) got accepted into the canonical New Testament of all the major branches of Christianity This is not true, Book of Revelation isn't accepted in Church of the East and its descendandts (Assyrian Church of the East). Can hermeneutics cast light on how this book overcame these barriers to admission to the canon? "Barriers" ...

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