I understand that there are different ways that numbers can be used in the Bible. 1. Exact numbers - e.g. the miraculous catch of 153 fish. 2. Round numbers 3. Numbers as symbols - e.g. amillenialists view of the 1000 years in Rev 20. My question is about round numbers. My understanding of inerrancy is that it allows for round numbers, right? I was teaching recently and made a comment about the 144,000 witnesses of Revelation to the effect that I did not know whether it was exact, round or symbolic. A couple of folks looked at me like I had just denied the resurrection. One fellow said that if I believed that, I would also deny the 6 day creation. I know that in the NT, there is a greek word (hosei) for "about" that indicates an estimation. When reading of the feeding of the 4000, or the 5000, or the salvation in Acts of the 3000, this word indicates that these are round numbers. In Revelation, since this word is not used, does this mean that this number has to be either extact or symbolic? What about the OT, though. Is there a Hebrew word for "about" that indicates estimation? Such as in the 1000 who died in the tower of Shechem in Judges 9:49? Or Judges 8:10? Here the 15000 warriors is translated in the KJV as "about 15000." But the slain are 120,000, not "about 120,000." Is latter exact and the former round?