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Biblical Gematria was a system of formal mathematics.

# Seven Hundred and Seventy Seven

The Seven Palaces

### Welcome to my blog on gematria, the merkabah and the birth of the alphabet. I hope you enjoyed the holiday season.  Although I promised I’d be back in the new year with an article about the Sefer Bahir and the Seven Palaces, that is taking rather longer to write than I had anticipated so I’ll bring that back at some time later this year.  Today I’d just like to share some of my recent findings about the gematria of the seven palaces which are proving to be quite a lot of fun.

The main Gates of the Seven Palaces

Add together ALL of the main gates of the wheel for all the letters of the paths (not the palaces) to find the sum is 3108 which is 777 * 4:

[217 x 3] + [206 x 4] + 9 + 11 + 11 + 25 + 45 + 88 + 209 + 211 + 231 + 254 + 265 + 274 = 3108 = 777 x 4.

In respect of the gates, I thought these examples were pleasing compositions:

Gate of Shin = 12
Gate of Tav = 13
Gate of Qoph = 109
12 + 13 + 99 + 109 = 233 (the gate of the Seventh Palace).

670 – 452 = 218
218 + 265 + 217 = 700.

The Seven Palaces colour coded to HaShem.

When the Seven Palaces is organized into three columns it also totals to 777;
From Beth around to Heh on the left side; 2 + 8 + 1 + 40 + 4 + 200 + 5 = 260
From Beth to Heh down the middle; 2 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 200 + 60 + 5 = 282
From Beth around to Heh on the right side; 2 + 6 + 1 + 20 + 4 + 4 + 3 + 90 + 100 + 5 = 235
260 + 282 + 235 = 777.

I’ve also been doing a little bit of work with the organization of the bible at the moment.  According to the Masoretic text, there were 10 generations from Adam to Noah, inclusive. There were another 10 generations after Noah and to Abraham, inclusive.  This may not be a coincidence, but a sign of organization.  Perhaps, like the opening 2 chapters of Genesis, the rest of the text has been organized into an alphabetic acrostic of ancestors, but arranged to the 20 count? I’ve made some notes about the gematria of the names and although not all of them yielded to my examination, a few of them threw up some intriguing results. Speculatively then, using the same order as we find the first Genesis alphabetic acrostic;

Order.  Generation, (# of name), letter of the alphabet, mnemonic, [my notes];

1. HaAdam, (50), Beth, The House of God [Note 50 + 2 Beth = 52 (weeks of the year).]
2. Seth, (7), Aleph, Day and Night [Note ~ 7 for the days of the week.]
3. Enos, (60), Gimel and Shin, The Sky and Fire – Heat – Warmth – Dry Land [Note ~ 60 x 3 gimel = 180.  60 x 3 shin = 180.  180 + 180 = 360 (degrees in a circle)…]
4. Cainan, (210), Daleth and Tav, The Doors into and out of the World, and Time [Note ~ 7 x 30. Also, 210 – 4 = 206; the gate of the first path which is where the tav is located (דשתצקה).]
5. Mahlaleel, (136), Heh, Stars and Starlight upon the World.
6. Jared, (214), Vav, Birds and Fish [Note ~ 214 + 6 = 220.]
7. Enoch, (84), Zayin, Cattle and Insects [Note ~ 84 / 7 = 12. 84 x 7 = 588.  588 / 12 = 49 = 7 x 7.]
8. Methuselah, (91), Cheth, Sight – Vision – The Image of God [Note ~ 91 x 8 = 728 (364 x 2).]
9. Lamech, (90), Teth, Food [Note ~ Teth is 9 so ‘Lamech’ is 10 x 9.]
10. Noah, (58), Yod, Rest and Contemplation
11. Shem, (43), Kaph, Mist – Rain and Desire [Note ~ 43 is half of אלהים ‘Elohim’ ]
12. Arphaxad, (308), Lamed, Spirit – Neshamah [Note ~ 248 + 60 = 308.]
13. Salah, (41), Mem, Pregnancy [Note ~ אם ‘Am’ means ‘mother’ with a value of 41.]
14. Eber, (272), Nun, Life and Death
15. Peleg, (113), Samekh, The Great River
16. Reu, (276), Ayin, Temptation
17. Serug, (212), Peh, Mating and sex [Note ~ 212 + 80 = 292 / 80 = 3.65, but also 212 / 80 = 2.65. Remove the decimal point in these results for 365 days in a year and 265; the gate of the samekh.]
18. Nahor, (264), Tsade, Childbirth [Note ~ 264 days is the length of an average pregnancy.]
19. Terah, (212), Qoph, The Moon – Woman – Eve [Note ~ the name of the Moon-god in North Syria was “Terah.”.]
20. Abram / Abraham, (243 / 248), Resh, The Sun – Man – Adam.

It begs the questions; if this alphabetic acrostic forms the basis of the generations of Adam, then does it follow suit for the descendants of Abraham too?  And if so, does this mean the Seven Palaces was used by biblical authors as a sort of… ancient sacred Filofax?  What do you think?

In case anyone wishes to do some follow up calculations, here are the life spans recorded in the Bible as follows: Adam (930), Seth (912), Enos (905), Cainan (910), Mahlaleel (895), Jared (962), Enoch (365), Methuselah (969), Lamech (777) and Noah (950). (Gen.  5:1-31, 9:29.) Shem (600), Arphaxad (438), Salah (433), Eber (468), Peleg (239), Reu (239), Serug (230), Nahor (148) and Terah (205), (Gen.  11:10-32.) Abraham (248).

Stay tuned for more numerical honey freshly squeezed from the Torah.