Numerology is a form of divination or fortune telling. It is in league with astrology, although, maybe not as popular. But it was quite popular in the ancient world. The Hebrew people of ancient Israel apparently had their own form of Numerology.
Oh! Numerology is based on the idea that numbers have certain magical properties, some are blessed, some are curse, some tell your future or your personality, etc. [Perhaps the superstitous fear of the number 13 is related to numerology?]
Anyhow... the writers of the bible [especially the old testament] used Hebrew Numerology in their writings. I found a guide online of the meanings of different numbers to the ancient Hebrew people [and early christians]. Strangely this source came from an apologist site. I find this odd because the fact that the Hebrews used symbolic Hebrew Numerology in their texts when describing events, numbers of people, amounts of time, ages of people, etc... to mean something that would only be understood in a symbolic way by those who knew their "number code" ... doesn't this work against the apologists who claim Biblical inerrecy? Apparently they don't seem to think so. But I do... and I will explain after I provide the link to their guide:
Why do I think it works against them? Simple! If the numbers were placed there to indicate the personality of a character, the nature of an event, or some kind of protection spell or prayer... how can they possibly be literal?!
1. Adam lived 930 years, right? [Genesis 5: 5] ... Maybe not... let's see what this number might mean.
From what I know of Numerology [which is not much] - the individual numbers in the full number might hold the key to its meaning.
So the individual numbers here are either 9 or 900:
Nine : 9 - Biblical Meaning of Number: deals with judgment or the finality of things. Basically, it's used when judging man and all of his works. (Added Christian Viewpoint: This number has also been used to describe the perfect movement of God.
[900 isn't listed in the guide]
Then we have either 3 or 30:
Three : 3 - Biblical Meaning of Number: deals with approval, viewing things within its entirety, and things that have become solid and complete.
Added Christian Viewpoint: The number three is also used when describing the Trinity or the Godhead (divine perfection). The number three has also been associated with the concepts of spirit and life.
Thirty : 30 - Biblical Numerology Meaning: deals in reference to the marking of the right moment.
So what could this possibly mean? [Obviously I can't read the minds of the writers] but maybe they were trying to use the number 930 to say something like: [9=Final things] "When Adam died it was his final action." [He remained dead? - Does this mean he didn't have an afterlife?] or maybe "Adam's death marked the end of the beginning of mankind and the sealing of the curse of the original sin from the fall that would haunt his children forever" [These are just guesses... Numerology is a form of divination... so... the symbolism might not be completely clear]. [3 = completion, viewing things in their entirity] "Adam's death completed God's initial dealing with his creation?" "Adam was representative of humanity as a whole... and thus merely a symbol?" [30 = marking of the right moment] "Adam died at the right time for his kind?" "A moment of change for humanity?"
I suppose this form of divination could be viewed in many ways....
So why am I bringing this nonsense up? That's quite simple! What Biblical Hebrew Numerology means is that these stories are not really literal. Anyone ever notice that numbers are almost as "numerous" in the bible as "begat, begat, begat?" Could this be because the writers of the old... and most likely new... testament were attempting to establish folk lore with numbers meant to show meanings or lessons to ancient people who understood the code... which would be mostly lost on us today?
Ironically, the apologists who made the site seemed to have missed that this "Hebrew Number Game" is fatal to fundamentalist Christianity's reading of the Bible.
Of course I think that Numerology [aka Arithmancy] is complete bunk and woo woo. But I do think that the Hebrew Numerology in the Bible is useful to Bible critics because it can show that the way people wrote the Bible was never intended to be word-for-word literal and that this number game makes it even more likely that the Bible is a set of legends and myths. [Which... of course... it is].