Gematria (hebrew Insight)

shutterstock_628444Gematria is a Jewish interpretive method that first circulates the numerical number of a particular word and then matches it with another word with exact same numerical value, showing a connection.

Let’s take the ladder in Jacob’s dream story – Sulam (סֻלָּם). It has a numerical value of 130 (ס (samekh) = 60, ל (lamed) = 30, מ (mem) = 40). The Hebrew word for “Sinai” (סיני), has the same numerical value, although it is made up of different letters. Hence, one interpretation of Jacob’s ladder could be that it represents the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

Interestingly enough, some New Testament authors used Gematria in their interpretation as well. For example, beautifully organized argument in the Gospel of Matthew connects Jewish history with Jesus:

“So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.” (Matt.1:17)

Jesus, as David King Messiah, is the main theme in the Gospel of Matthew. Once we assigned numerical value to the word David, Matthew’s point becomes clear.

David’s numerical value is fourteen: ד (four) + ו (six) + ד (four) = fourteen.

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  1. Anna

    Dr do you perhaps have hard copy books that are helpful that someone can purchase, I can be so glad.

  2. emma hardie

    Hi I find this subject very interesting. I know the ancient hebrew language is so rich in meaning in many different applications .im trying to build up a little collection of books that are helpful with learning more about biblical hebrew and going deeper with the Lord .ive got a couple by jeff benner .could u recommend any please ?thankyou

    1. Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

      My colleague put together a list of helpful books in the general area of studies you inquire about.

      http://astore.amazon.com/bridge06-20

  3. THIBAUD Daniel georges

    well Thank to you,it very interesting,to know the Meanings ,so the 666 i is apparently is the signed of
    negative or Devil , is it right ,please inform me Thank’s
    DANIEL

  4. Eric de Jesús Rodríguez Mendoza

    BS”D

    About the commandments we have indeed a commandment:
    וּקְשַׁרְתָּם לְאוֹת, עַל-יָדֶךָ; וְהָיוּ לְטֹטָפֹת, בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ.
    “and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as a frontal sign (totafot) between your eyes…” (Dt. 6:8)

    The big beast of the Apocalypsis will put its sign on front and hand of people, this is, instead the torah: A behaviour Anti-torah, or a anti-nomia or anomia.
    Thus, the number 666 is תרס”ו Don’t think of Tarso the city of Paul!!

    With תרס”ו we can build-in two very interesting words:

    תוסר = tusar you will be made an apostate = 666
    תסור = tasur you will apostate = 666
    Indeed, the torah says (Dt. 17:11). ‘Al tasur! don’t apostate!

  5. Roque Candia

    Los cristianos se juntaron a los romanos y nunca más se dejaron de imperios y poderosos. Era mejor el genocidio que sobrevivir con injustos.

    1. Eric de Jesús Rodríguez Mendoza

      BS”D

      Shalom Roque. Te invito a publicar tus post en la sección en español para que sean comprensibles a los demás. Gracias. (arriba a la derecha puedes ver la bandera de españa y saldrá este mismo post).
      Un abrazo,
      Eric.