Ancient and esoteric traditions They considered numerology not only an instrument of divination, but A method of acquiring knowledge beyond that of the five senses and Also a path to meet the divine itself.
"When you've learned the numbers, you don't actually read the numbers any
more, more than you read the words when you read books.
You can read their meanings. " ~
W.E.B. DuBois


The Numerology has evolved over time also absorbing influences from the Christian mysticism, Gnosticism, Vedas and Esotericism Oriental, but it is said to have its roots in mathematics Multiplication table. Pythagoras was an ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician (570- 490 Bc) which became known as the "great Father" of mathematics.

Detail of Pythagoras writing to "the School of Athens". Of Raphael. (Public domain)

Gematria, an ancient mystical tradition

One Of the oldest numerological traditions, and indeed one of the most Ancient references to numerology itself, comes from the Cabal Jewish. Known as "Gematria", this mystical tradition has its Roots in Assyrian Babylonian numerological systems, and later in Greek influences.
But it was the Jewish culture that started the Practice of assigning numeric values to a word or phrase. The Gematria is mainly associated with the Hebrew language and sometimes Aramaic, but there is also gematria that uses the Arabic language, Spanish and Greek.

Inlay of the floor depicting Hermes Mercurius Trismegisto-The combination of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thot, Gods of Scripture and Magic in their respective cultures. About 1480. (Public domain)

The Its use dates back to the Tannaic period, or Mishnaic, 10-220 Bc, though The use of Gematria in other ancient traditions could go back To Assyrian culture between 727 and 705 Bc, when the sovereign Sargon II It was said to build the wall of Khorsabad, the Assyrian capital, Exactly 16,283 cubits in length, which corresponded to the value Number of his name.

Sargon II and dignitary. Bas-relief from the wall L of the palace of Sargon II to Dur Sharrukin in Assyria (now Khorsabad in Iraq), Cicrca 716-713 Bc. (Public domain)

Numerology creates shortcuts and paths

The Numerology in general is a system that from a relational value to Numbers that correspond to the letters of a person's name, on the date of birth or even at the date of a historical event.
The Gematria Try to find a deeper bond between numerical values and values Alphabetic. There are two basic types of Gematria; The present "revealed" in rabbinical literature over the centuries; and the "Mystic", Which is part of Kabbalah, the mystical branch of Judaism. The shape Revealed has roots in the Talmud and in the Midrash and the corresponding letters and Numerical values have often been the result of insights Prophetic.
The mystical tradition is more widely known to Because of the popularity of Kabbalah even today, and focuses on Ten Sefirot on the tree of Kabbalistic life, together with the 22 Letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Frontispiece of the first edition of the Zohar, Mantua, 1558.
(Public Domain)

Later It has evolved by associating the letters of the alphabet with 22 solid formats By regular polygons, thanks to further contributions of the Zohar, a Group of texts considered the fundamental works in the literature Jewish kabalistic offering scriptural interpretations, comments About spiritual mysticism and deeper discussions of the nature of God And the Origin of the universe. The corpus of works that make up the Zohar, in fact, have been instrumental in shaping Kabbalah and, Inside, the Gematria.

Treatise of the SIXTEENTH Century on the Gematria Kabbalistic (the mystical interpretation of the language), in which strings of letters, in this case Latin phrases, have a numerical value.
(Public domain)

The hidden Code of the Bible

During The THIRTEENTH century, the Kabbalists believed that the Old Testament of Bible contained a hidden code and key to unlock that Code was the Gematria. The most modern belief in a biblical code has Gained popularity in 1994 after publishing an article on Statistical Science Journal by three mathematicians and scholars, called "Sequences of equally distant letters in the Book of Genesis".
The Scholars, Doron Witztum, Eliyahu Rips and Yoav Rosenberg used the "ELS" method to find words and phrases embedded in the text. This in Followed led to controversial books "The Bible Code" and "The Bible Code II: The Countdown" by Michael Drosnin, but the basic method used was similar to Gematria.
the Scholars of Hebrew texts recognise the long practice used in the Ancient Jewish traditions to count the number of times a Certain word, phrase, number, paragraph or letter appears in the Scriptures. Known as Soferim, these scribes were able to Use their skills to ensure that every roll of the Torah is Identical and replicated exactly like the original. The Gematria gives Importance to numbers and letters in providing information on words and Concepts in the sacred text itself. In other words, Gematria was looking for What was written "between the lines" by identifying schemas, codes, and Repetitions. Why this?

The position of each hand in this image forms the Hebrew letter shin (ש), the first letter in en: Shaddai (שדי), the name of God which refers to it as a protector. (Public domain)

All It goes back to the conviction that the word was the origin of Creation itself. "In the beginning was the word," was God speaking Existence of life itself. The word itself is powerful, Generative, and therefore the letters which make up the word or words of God, as in the sacred texts, must be broken up in the letter. Every Letter therefore assumes a powerful meaning and, by assigning to each Letter a numerical value coincident, each number assumes a Meaning even deeper, like the layers of an onion. So The words in the Torah, which was believed to be the holy discourse Of the divine inspiration, they had a hidden meaning beyond the obvious. And, two or three words composing a sentence had a power Because of the creative potential not only of every single Word, but also of the combination itself. So Gematria doesn't Limited to assigning to each letter a related number, but to look at The deepest insights revealed by specific combinations of Letters or words and identify what they might have to tell us about the Divine nature of God and on creation.

Indeed, some later writers on the subject, as of Washburn, co-author of Jerry Lucas, "Theomatics: God's Best-kept Secret Revealed", They believed that God himself had included these patterns and combinations, Indeed codes, in the religious texts. With the word Theomatics you It means the combination of "mathematics" and "God."

The search for Meaning

The Gematria is really the language of God himself hidden in the texts of Scriptures? Numerical sequences, hidden codes, letters equidistant, recurrent sentences; These really mean that under the Words that make up our sacred texts lies a world of knowledge Deeper than just waiting to be discovered? For the ancient of many traditions and for the esotericists and occultists of the Story, this answer is YES!

"The Number of the Beast is 666", by William Blake, 1805. (Public domain)

The For example, the numerical sequence 666 is an evil number associated with the Christianity with the Antichrist, the Beast of the Book of Revelation. e According to H.A. Sanders in the Journal of Biblical Literature (1918), 666 is the Number derived from Gematria by the name of the Roman emperor Nero Who reigned from 54 to 68 and was believed by many scholars to be the Beast Mentioned in the apocalypse.

A plaster bust of Nero.

Sacred writings could really contain codes intentionally embedded in the text, and with ancient knowledge and understanding of the power and importance of numbers and words, it is possible to imagine that no matter who wrote them, they might Contain more wisdom between the lines than is obvious.