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. " ~
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.
Gematria, an ancient mystical tradition
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
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.
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.
Numerology creates shortcuts and paths
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.
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.
The hidden Code of the Bible
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?
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!
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.
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.