This one is pretty silly, but nevertheless significant.
I was looking through Yahoo under a subject having to do with individual
word studies, and I came across a study called "Pi in the Bible" by Jochen
Katz. He discussed the measurement of Solomon's Temple's "sea of
cast metal," measuring diameter 10 and circumference 30 (not equal to
pi), and explained how pi could be derived. First, mathematically, he
took the etymology of the words and (the Hebrew word used in this
verse, versus the usual word for circumference), and showed that the ratio of
their numeric value (gametria) [(5 + 6 + 100)/(6 + 100)] is 1.0471698, which
multiplied by 3 is pi. Second he proposed that
the brim on the "sea of cast metal" was wider than the body, hence
accounting for the discrepancy.
When I saw 1.0471698, just for the heck of it, I thought I would look up
word number 1047 in the Old Testamen
lexicon. It is Beth Peor, spelled . Beth is
translated "house of," and the first three letters of the last
portion, peh, ayin, vaw could very easily be transliterated as
"pi." Hence, "house of pi."
Indeed, truth is stranger than fiction.