I love stuff like this journal article by Mikeal Parsons: “Exegesis ‘By the Numbers’: Numerology and the New Testament.” I have an interest in this kind of thing (no surprise to those of you who know me – “if it’s weird, it’s important”). In the OT it makes things like the genealogies and lifespans interesting.
Generally, I like this stuff because it’s one of those “more than meets the eye” kinds of things that we need to really think the biblical writers’ thoughts after them — to see the world as they saw it (not as the Reformers saw it or, God forbid, pop evangelicalism sees it). Anyway, it’s fascinating. There are better things on the 153 number, but I really can’t complain – this is a wonderful overview.