276 people on board this ship (Acts 27:37)

“We were in all

Two hundred

And seventy-six persons

On the ship.”

ἤμεθα δὲ αἱ πᾶσαι ψυχαὶ ἐν τῷ πλοίῳ διακόσιαι ἑβδομήκοντα ἕξ.

The author of Acts indicated that that they were in all (ἤμεθα δὲ αἱ πᾶσαι) two hundred and seventy-six (διακόσιαι ἑβδομήκοντα ἕξ) persons or souls (ψυχαὶ) on the ship (ἐν τῷ πλοίῳ).  However, this insertion of the number of people on board of 276 people smacks of the multiplication of the bread in Luke, chapter 9:14, where Luke said that there were about 5,000 men (ἦσαν γὰρ ὡσεὶ ἄνδρες πεντακισχίλιοι).  Jesus told his disciples (εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς τοὺς μαθητὰς) to make them sit down (Κατακλίνατε αὐτοὺς) in groups of about fifty each (κλισίας ὡσεὶ ἀνὰ πεντήκοντα).  All four gospels have the people sitting on the grass in groups that totaled about 5,000 people.  Maybe there was a manifest that listed all these 276 people.  This is 23 dozen people or 46 half dozen people.  Otherwise, it would have been very difficult to get an exact head count.  The author of Acts and Paul were certainly onboard as mentioned here, so that they might have known this.  Have you ever tried to get an exact count of a crowd of people?

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