|Biblical Gematria: 953|
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I often tell people that “there is no guesswork involved in Gematria”. Just like any mathematician today, the scribes of the Bible expected that their peers would be able to reproduce a sum they had written down and arrive at the exact gematria number the author had intended them to. This is very different to numerology where guesswork is everything. Gematria is so accurate that it can be used to solve textual corruptions in the bible.
For example, in the garden of Eden story of Genesis 3 we are never told the identity of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge that was consumed by Adam and Eve. We can learn this only through gematria (it was ‘light’) and with that key piece of knowledge we come to understand why it was that Adam and Eve had to come to earth once they had taken the light into themselves (because God made the purpose of all light to illuminate the earth).
בראשית + אלהים + השמים + הארץ
220 + 86 + 98 + 296 = 700
The other words in Genesis 1:1 (ברא, את, ואת) are verbs and prepositions that tell you to use addition.This may sound complicated but a lot of gematria is simple addition that anyone can find by adding up the nouns.
One other feature that is part and parcel of biblical gematria is the use of mnemonics. These are words that have been set aside to represent a value other than the word sums to. Usually these words relate to the egyptian pictograms that were the origin of the letters. For instance when you see the word “door” in hebrew you calculate it as 4 (for the letter daleth), or when you see the word “eyes” in hebrew you calculate it as 70 (for the letter ayin).
Biblical Gematria was a secret until 5 years ago. Everyone researching whether the bible had code were testing it with the Standard cipher but this is a cover-cipher that was used by the Rabbis in the Talmud to talk about the gematria of the Bible. Biblical gematria is slightly different from Standard Gematria. The shin is 3 (not 300) and the tav is 4 (not 400). This means there’s two letters with the value of 3 and two letters with the value of 4, and because this is counter-intuitive to most people the cipher remained secret.
There are three ways that the order of the alephbet concerns gematria. Firstly, there is a reduced form of gematria which assigns value to letters based on their position. Our calculator uses the term 'the Genesis Order' for this. Secondly, there is a way of counting the letters that is based on the values assigned in reverse; from the last letter of the alephbet to the first letter. Our calculator uses the term 'the Reversal Cipher' for this. Thirdly, some texts are keyed verse by verse according to alphabetic order. These include the Book of Genesis and various A∴A∴ texts written by Aleister Crowley. This way of arranging a text to the alephbet determines the overall meaning of each verse through correspondence with a cosmological map of the heavens and earth.
The usual order of the alephbet runs from aleph to tav;
א ב ג ד ה ו ז ח ט י כ ל מ נ ס ע פ צ ק ר ש ת
In this arrangement, the letters Shin and Tav are in the last two positions, and this is the traditional and general order that became set around the 12th or 11th century BCE. However, there was also a priestly order for the alephbet that runs from beth to resh, and this arrangement forms the backbone of the Genesis creation story ;
ב א ג ש ד ת ה ו ז ח ט י כ ל מ נ ס ע פ צ ק ר
Here the usual position of aleph and beth are switched, and the letters shin and tav are brought from the end of the alephbet and positioned behind the gimel and the daleth. The letter shin falls into the same third place position as the gimel in this ordering of the alephbet, and the letter tav falls into the same fourth place position as the daleth. However there is no way of showing this abstraction in a written form, or in an ordered list like Genesis 1-2, so the shin is after the gimel and the tav is after daleth.
This priestly ordering of the alephbet produces a twenty count. What made this arrangement special was its total value. When we add together the letters according to their order in the alephbet they total to 217, which is 31 x 7:
It represents the potent force of the divine directed to seven essential domains of creation. 31 was the total of the word אל EL which means ‘God’ and was the numerical foundation of an ancient map of the creation called ‘the Seven Palaces’. Together the sum total of the seven letters on the Palaces is 217 ; ב + א + א + ר + ד + ד + ה
It is not known why the ancients of the first Temple cult ordered and numbered their alephbet this way, but the leading theory for it suggests that it was with the intention to prevent non-initiates from saying the Holy Name. The theory being that יהוה is a notariqon of the Name that encompasses all the letters of the alephbet when they are divided on the Palaces into 4 distinct sections (color coded here):
• Yod for the blue section (220).
• Heh for the yellow section (217).
• Vav for the pink section (480).
• Heh for the green section (93).
According to Jewish mysticism, the letters of the Hebrew alphabet are vehicles of God’s essence and creative power. They are the foundations of Jewish mystical writings and their interpretation. Naturally enough the first Temple cult and (later on) the Sages, and then Early Christians, and then Kabbalists and initiates of the Western Mystery traditions, felt that because these letters were Holy - they should be guarded to prevent misuse from the non-initiated and the profane.
Yet every code that is made by human beings has a shelf life, whether that is 100 years or 2000 years, and is destined to be revealed by the ingenuity of human beings. Now anyone can access the mysteries of the Bible and other holy writings with Shematria.