More dainty numerical snacks!

Greetings!  Its been a while since I last blogged about Gematria and the Chariot, but I have not been idle.  This post is to update you on recent findings.  I hope I can remember them all.  Its been an exciting time!

The festival of Lag Ba’Omer will be with us soon, and I came across a question asking “Why is it called Lag Ba’omer?”  Why not Lag La’Omer or even Gal Ba’omer!  And the Rav Shmuel Baruch Ganot Shlit”a gave a very interesting response.  After talking about the 50 gates of Binah, which is code for finding of the Seven Palaces above the Tree of Life, then he says this:

Therefore, we call it ל”ג בעומר Lag Ba’omer because the letters between the ל and the ג [when you continue from the end to the beginning] is מנסע”פ צ”ק רש”ת א”ב, which is the gematria of 1393…

Now of course, the number 1393 is arrived at by Standard Gematria because the Gematria of the Merkabah[1] is forbidden to be spoken of by the Haggidah.  However, this is not to say that nothing was written of it.  Just as a teacher may speak of the Tree of Life when they are really referring to the Seven Palaces, so may a teacher speak of the (Standard) gematria of Mispar  Ragil when they actually mean the student to investigate with Biblical Gematria.  With biblical gematria the sum of the value of the letters between Lamed and Gimel is 700!

Those of you who follow this blog will remember that we find this value from Genesis 1:1:
700 = בראשית + אלהים + השמים + הארץ
: signifying the Seven days of creation from the Seven Palaces.  But the value 700 not only begins the Tanakh, it ends it too;
700 = מלאכי + והכיתי + הארץ + חרם
which suggests that the Council of Yavneh, a rabbinical council or school held around or in the wake of the destruction of the second Temple that many believe was responsible for compiling the Tanakh, were aware of the gematria embedded in the texts.

Another recent finding came from Genesis 21:33;
700 = ויטע אשל בבאר שבע שם בשם יהוה אל עולם
Meaning: And he planted a tamarisk in Beersheba there in the name of YHVH AL HaOlam.

I also discovered a correspondence for 391.  I first grew interested in this number because it is involved in a complicated exchange in Genesis 25:34 between Jacob and Esau where Jacob feeds Esau and Esau leaves with nothing:
391 = לעשו לחם ונזיד עדשים
Translation:  to Esau (109) + bread (78) + and stew (77) + lentils (127) = 391
0 = ויאכל – וישת – ויקם – וילך – עשו
Translation:   (391) – and he did eat (67) – and drink (23) – and rose up (156) – and went his way (66) – Esau (79) = 0 (Nothing).
The new correspondence is found in Genesis 1:11;
391 = עשב + דשא + הארץ + תדשא
Translation:  Let the earth bring forth grass the herb.

And because biblical gematria was ported to the Greek Script, there was also this nice little nibblet in the New Testament;
365 = της ημερα : Meaning: of the day.
There is a possibility that this is a phrase like הנה (Behold!) that indicates when gematria is present in the text, but more research is needed on this and on the Isopsephy of the NT generally.

In other news, besides regularly updating the Shematria database with calculations, I’ve also added support for Arabic[2] to the calculator.  I’d like to send special thanks to Firemorphic and Komori from Religious Forums for helping me iron out the kinks of the code.

At one time, knowledge of the Seven Palaces was widespread in the Ancient Near East and they feature in the rich cultural heritage of both Jews and Muslims.  The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is said to have traveled the seven heavens on Buraq. Therefore, although the Quran was written much later than the Tanakh or the New Testament, I thought it might be possible that biblical gematria may have been ported to the Arabic script in the same way it was ported to the Greek script.  I won’t say it was, but equally I won’t say it wasn’t.  I think that is something that readers of Arabic owe themselves to investigate, and perhaps this is something shared between Judaism and Islam that can also be healing.

It seems clear to me that deep knowledge of the Merkabah outside of the texts has been largely lost to Judaism following the decimation of the holocaust and in the same fashion that Jews reclaimed the Hebrew language, this is something that could also be reclaimed if there is the holy Will to make it so.  My heart says that this is something Jews and Muslims can do together to the greater Glory of YHVH/Allah, and I pray that it will bring peace.

That’s it for today.  Thanks for reading my blog and I wish you all a joyous Shabbat.  Stay tuned for more numerical honey…


[1]  Biblical Gematria has two letters with a different value from Mispar Ragil; the Shin = 3 and the Tav = 4.  Thus the keys are;

א=1 ב=2 ג=3 ש=3  ד=4 ת=4 ה=5 ו=6 ז=7 ח=8 ט=9 י=10 כ=20 ל=30 מ=40 נ=50 ס=60 ע=70 פ=80 צ=90 ק=100 ר=200 ך=20 ם=40 ן=50 ף=80 ץ=90

[2] Biblical Gematria ported to the Arabic writing script;
أ Alif = A = 1,  ب Ba = B = 2,  ج Jim = G = 3,  ش Shin = Sh = 3,  د Dal = D = 4,  ت Ta = Th = 4,  ه Ha = H = 5,  و Waw = V = 6,  ز Zayn = Z = 7,  ح Ha = Ch = 8,  ط Ta = T = 9,  ي Ya = I = 10,  ك ,ث Kaf, Tha = K = 20,  ل Lam = L = 30,  م ,خ Mim, Kha = M = 40,  ن ,ذ Nun, Dhal = N = 50,  س Sin = S = 60,  ع Ayn = O = 70,  ف ,ض Fa, Dad = P = 80,  ص ,ظ Sad, Za = Ts = 90,  ق Qaph = Q = 100,  ر Ra = R = 200,  غ Ghayn = A = 1000.

~ Note ~ I have not tried to find English equivalent letters to transliterate the 6 letters that correspond with the Hebrew sofits. Instead, the English letters for these are transliterated by their value. i.e. Dhal is 50 and given the letter N because in the Abjad the Dhal is 700 which is the same as the Nun sofit in Standard Hebrew.

About the Author
Bethsheba Ashe is almost Scottish. She was born a Geordie in the North East of England but she currently lives 3 thousand miles away in Pennsylvania. She started writing and self-publishing in 1992, with a series of magazines. She is the author of several non-fiction titles such as "Chariot", and has recently published her first adventure/murder mystery novel. She also coded and runs the gematria calculator app "Shematria". Bethsheba is an inventor and her invention is 'Galay'; which is the worlds first dual logographic and alphabetical writing script. Currently she is coding an app for Galay messaging. She's a quiet but intensely curious human being who likes to keep busy and she loves animals.
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