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    What is unique about Gematria is that the 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet are interpreted in terms of their numerical equivalence, or other symbolic meanings/interpretations. The first numerical cipher that is known to be assigned to the English Alphabet was by Cornelius Agrippa in 1533, in his work De Occulta Philosopha. If you liked this short article and you would like to get far more facts pertaining to web page kindly check out the webpage. Agrippa gave value to the English letters without trying to transliterate them from Hebrew or Greek, so L is 20, rather than 30 (for Lamed), M is 30, rather than 40 (for Mem) and N is 40, rather than 50 (for Nun). This cipher is sometimes erroneously labelled as “Jewish” or “Hebrew” by popular numerology calculators, such as Gematrix and Gematrinator. A third type of gematria is known as ‘Ordinal’ gematria; this assigns a numerical value to each letter according to its place in the alphabet rather than its individual value. For example, ‘A’ would be equal to 1, ‘B’ would be equal to 2 and so on. This system can be applied just like Hebrew or Greek gematria but produces different results due to its unique numbering system. Through using this easy to use program you can type in a word in Hebrew and virtually instantaneously see written out all the places in theTanach, the 24 books of the Bible, where this word, name or phrase appears. By studying these appearances we begin to see connections we may have never seen before. This device is used literally hundreds of times in the Talmud to shed light on issues ranging from Jewish law, to the alluded, allegorical and mystical meaning of the text. Quite simply it is the way we “connect the dots” of Torah and life itself. Despite Naḥmanides’ attempt to limit its use, gematria found its way into the biblical commentary. The Pane’aḥ Raza by Isaac ben Judah ha-Levi (late 13th century) and Ba’al ha-Turim by Jacob ben Asher (c. 1270 to 1340) both make frequent use of gematria. For example, the 17th-century work, Megalleh Amukkot, by Nathan Nata ben Solomon Spira, uses gematria extensively. The followers of Shabbetai Zevi used gematria as proof of his messianism. Gematria is the calculation of the numerical equivalence of letters, words, or phrases, and, on that basis, gaining, insight into interrelation of different concepts and exploring the interrelationship between words and ideas. Throughout history, some people have believed that the Torah contains secrets that can be revealed by gematria and used to predict historical events.

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