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The Gematria of the Hebrew Bible
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ב=2 Beth. The Beth is the house of God and at the head of creation. This letter corresponds with the Seventh Palace.
א=1 Aleph. The ancient view of creation posited a type of numerical mitosis. The value of the Beth from the seventh palace was divided to create the day and the night governed by the Palaces of the Alephs.
ג=3 Gimel. The gimel is placed in front of the Holy Throne of God that is present in the Beth. The gimel governs the sky that cloaks the heavens with light. It is represented by veil before the Ark of Testimony at the Temple of Solomon.
ש=3 Shin. The Shin is the quality of fire and warmth. Figuritively By appearing to one side of the palace of the letter Heh it heats the earth allowing it to rise above the waters.
ד=4 Daleth. The Daleths are the Doors into and out of the heavens and the earth. It is a door that may only be taken by the soul.
ת=4 Tav. This letter governs the quality of Time.
ה=5 Heh. There is one upper Heh between the Palace of the Beth and the Palace of the Resh. The Palace of the Heh is the first Palace, and the pictograph of the Heh was a little man with his arms raised in praise and reception of the light from the sky. According to Genesis, the purpose of light was to illuminate the earth.
ו=6 Vav. Like produces like, so the saying goes and when used as a prefix the letter Vav means "and" in hebrew. When it was imaged that God created everything it was noticed that while a great many things had been created, a lot of them resembled each other because like produces like. The letter Vav symbolizes the qualities of replication and reproduction in the divine plan.
ז=7 Zayin. The Zayin accompanies the letters Gimel and Heh before the throne. The Gimel represented the light of the sky. The Heh represented the purpose and direction of the light to shine upon the earth, and the letter Heh has a gate number of 207, which is identical to the value of the word for light. The letter Zayin has the same gate value as the gate value of the path of the Resh, the solar journey, which represents a process of the deliverence of souls from the heavens to the earth. It might best be described as a light inside all the living creatures which connects us with the divine presence.
ח=8 Cheth. The Cheth concerns the creation of human souls. Man is created by God in his image to be his overseer of the heavenly garden of Eden. Thus each man and woman is made unique and individual.
ט=9 Teth. Food. Sustenance.
י=10 Yod. Rest. Sleep.
כ=20 Kaph and ך=20 Kaph sofit.
מ=40 Mem and ם=40 Mem sofit. Pregnancy.
נ=50 Nun and ן=50 Nun sofit. Life, Light and the Afterlife in Eden.
ס=60 Samekh, the bounty of the heavens descending to earth.
ע=70 Ayin. The eye, desire & the sensory temptations of incarnation.
פ=80 Peh and ף=80 Peh sofit. Courtship and Mating.
צ=90 Tsade and ץ=90 Tsade sofit. Childbirth.
ק=100 Qoph. The woman.
ר=200 Resh. The Solar Journey.
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Frequently asked Questions or FAQ
Q. Though the ancient Hebrew alephbet has 22 letters, it has a numerical order of 20 because two values are each represented by two letters. Why was this?
A. It could be down to a few different things.
- It may be that the shin and the tav share the values of 3 and 4 with the gimel and the daleth due to secrecy, to make the gematria of the alephbet counter intutive.
- It could be that ancient people wanted their alephbet to sum to the total of 217 (31 x 7) to correspond with the total of the seven palaces and/or and the Holy of Holies and the glory of God.
- It could be that the original sound of the shin and the tav bore a resemblence to the daleth and the heh and they were originally placed early in the alephbet due to their sound, but were moved down in value because the total of the order of the alephbet was numerically pleasing as 217 and they said "what the hell, lets make them 3 and 4 instead of 4 and 5".
- Its entirely possible that there was an earlier arrangement that placed the shin on one of the palaces of the daleth and the tav on one of the paths or palaces of the heh. But its also pure speculation with no evidence beyond the plain facts of the diagram itself. That the shin is 3 and the tav is 4 is proven by a weight of evidence that is beyond reasonable doubt.
Every line of Genesis 1-2 is composed of gematria with these values. But the exact reason for the value of the shin(3) and the tav(4) in the Tanakh is a question that may never be answered to our full satisfaction. One of the reasons that a fully linear numerical sequence seems intuitively right to our sensibilities, is that it matches a small area of the brain that evaluates the numericacy of things around it. One section deals with small numbers. While another section deals with medium range numbers and yet another section deals with large numbers. So Standard Gematria feels more right to most people even if it is wrong. And Biblical gematria is right for the Tanakh even when it doesn't feel intuitively correct and whether this was the intention or not, this fact has kept the true gematria of the bible a hidden and secret matter.
Q. Is Gematria about matching words with the same value as other words because you believe they have some type of underlying relationship to you other?
A. No. That is numerolgy. The Gematria of the Tanakh is just like ancient math. You get a sum with several different word values to calculate, like some type of ancient shopping list, and the result usually has something to do with the gates of the Seven Palaces, idealized (holy) numbers, or numbers associated with natural cycles like 365 days in a year, or 235 synodic months in 19 years. The ancient scribes used lots of math notation to make sure that other scribes - who were their peers and contemporaries - could understand how to calculate their sum, but unlike we moderns that are used to using special signs for math notation like +, -, x or /, they didn't have special signs as notation. They just used certainly restricted words (usually verbs) as math notation.
Q. I'm seeing this number a lot in my daily life. What significance is this number to me?
A. It has whatever significance you are giving it. The experience is called Apophenia. You're intuiting something as meaningful but you're not testing your findings or crosschecking them to see if the conclusions you are drawing are both rational and meaningful to anyone else but you.