The number 200 appears over thirty times in the Bible. According to René Allendy (1889-1942), 200 represents “the duality in the creature, duality of tendencies, magnetic polarities, poles of homology, sexuality, but not duality of constitution: soul-body, as claims Descartes with the official church.” Others more simply claim 200 is a symbol of insufficiency, upheaval and antagonism.
In the book of Joshua 7, there is a record of Achan from the tribe of Judah’s sin. Despite being commanded not to, Achan stole 200 shekels of silver and other goods.
It is recorded in the book of Judges that the mother of a man named Micah melted 200 shekels of silver to create an idol.
An example of antagonism in relation to the number 200 can be found in the book of Acts. Paul, who is endeavouring to spread God’s Word, causes an upheaval amongst the Jews. Some accuse him of breaking their laws and others vow to kill him.
King David’s son Absalom tried to take the throne from his father. This upheaval did not bring Absalom the desired result. David sent an army to oppose his son and won, resulting in Absalom’s death. It is recorded that Absalom’s hair weighed 200 shekels:
The number 200 first appears in Genesis 11:23 (NIV), which says, “And after he became the father of Nahor, Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters.” The second use of the number appears later in the same book. As you may recall, Jacob tricked his father into giving him his older twin brother’s birthright. Esau vowed to kill Jacob, who escaped to Canaan. Later, God commanded Jacob to return home, despite the risk of being murdered by his brother. When Jacob discovered Esau was marching out to meet him with 400 men, he sent ahead a gift of “two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams.” (Genesis 32:14 NIV) Despite the upheaval and antagonism Jacob’s earlier actions had caused, the twin brothers met peaceably and Jacob safely arrived home.
Another example of antagonism can be found in the first book of Samuel. King Saul hated David and said he would only give him the hand of his daughter Michal in marriage to David if he completed the supposedly impossible task of bringing back the foreskins of 100 slain Philistines. Not only did David achieve this, he doubled the amount:
There are plenty more example of the number 200 in the Bible. Some relate to the aforementioned symbolism and others do not. In some cases, the number may have been used to represent “umpteen”. Here are the rest of the examples I have found. I will leave it to you to decide whether they are meaningful.
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Rev'd Martin Wheadon