|Translation & Meaning
|[בָנִ֖ים x 7] + [בָּנֽוֹת x 3]
|Meaning: [sons x 7] + [daughters x 3]. From Job 42:13.
|[BNIM x 7] + [BNVTh x 3]
|מתי ספת ג טדך + 666
|The title page of Liber Al vel legis has a list of numbers on the upper left hand corner that convert to letters. In standard gematria they total to 1026 but with biblical gematria these 10 letters total to 234 with a reduced Genesis Order of 90, and when added to the number of the author total to 900.
|MThI SPTh G TDK + 666
|AHYH alone: there is no God where AHYH
|From AL II:23. AHYH is transliterated Hebrew meaning 'I am'.
|אהיה אלענה: תהרה יס נע געד וההרה אהיה
|עקרה לאה לאה ראובן א יהוה בעניי א אישי
|From Genesis 29:32 but with the first word supplied by Genesis 29:31. 'See' (rah) and 'love' (iahbni, from 'aheb') both add the value of 1 to the sum. The words 'concieved' and 'bore' both repeat the previous value.
|OQRH LAH LAH RAVBN A IHVH BONII A AIShI
|רק יראת אלהים במקום איק
|From Genesis 20:11, meaning "Surely the fear of God in this place my woman."
|RQ IRATh ALHIM BMQVM AIQ
|אלהים אלהים ז ז ז מלאכתו אשר ברא אלהים לעשות
|This is from Genesis 2:3. Because of the word מִכָּל 'to all' in the text, everything after it in the line is counted, no matter whether the words are nouns, verbs or adjectives. The word Elohim appears twice at the beginning because the word is 'blessed' and the three zayins (7) are there because the seventh day has been 'sanctified' which means x 2.
|ALHIM ALHIM Z Z Z MLAKThV AShR BRA ALHIM LOShVTh
|יהו יוה היו הוי ויה והי
|These are the names of God listed in the Sepher Yetzirah and calculated with the reversal cipher.
|IHV IVH HIV HVI VIH VHI
|ס פרת הקיני הקנזי הקדמני
|From the end of Genesis 15:18-19. The Samekh is the set value of the word for "river" (נְהַר) in biblical Hebrew.The other words mean: Euphrates Kenite Kenizzite Kadmonite. See also 480 for the notariqon of these verses.
|S PRTh HQINI HQNZI HQDMNI
|אתה גבור לעולם אדני
|Meaning: Thou O Lord art mighty forever, which yeilds the magic word AGLA from notariqon. The value of 900 is found with the reversal cipher. It is said daily in the Gevurot, the second blessing of the Amidah, the central Jewish prayer. AGLA began appearing in magical writings in the late 12th Century according to Katelyn Mesler. It has been found in at least 31 runic inscriptions from the middle ages, where it was used as a talisman against fire, fever, and probably to guard against problems in childbirth, given that the number is associated with the Tsade whose theme in Genesis is childbirth.
|AThH GBVR LOVLM ADNI
|צה עבד עבדים לאחיו
|From Genesis 9:25, concerning the curse put upon Canaan because his father Ham saw Noah while he was naked and drunk. It says "And he said cursed be Canaan, a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers." The צה is there to represent the number 95, which is half of the value of Canaan. A curse always divides the next word by 2.
|TsH OBD OBDIM LAChIV
|ז א ארץ ארץ כנען ת לאלהים
|From Genesis 17:8 in which God says to Abraham "And I give to you and your seed after the land that you wander and all the land of Canaan to a site forever and I will be to them their Elohim." "Your seed" has the set value of 7, and "forever" denotes time which is the letter tav.
|Z A ARTs ARTs KNON Th LALHIM
|אני יהוה מאור כשדים הארץ
|From Genesis 15:7 with the reversal cipher, which says "And he said to him, I am YHWH who brought you from the light as Shedim, to give you land this to possess." The Shedim were supernatural beings. From Chagigah 16a:5-8 "The Sages taught: Six statements were said with regard to Shedim: In three ways they are like ministering angels, and in three ways they are like humans. They have wings like ministering angels; they fly from one end of the world to the other like ministering angels; and they know what will be in the future like ministering angels. They eat and drink like humans; they multiply like humans; and they die like humans."
|ANI IHVH MAVR KShDIM HARTs
Behold! The Art and Practice of Gematria is a crucial book to have if you want to read the bible using the same methodologies as biblical writers, such as gematria, notariqon, temurah, iteration, and acrostic features. It demonstrates a new scientific approach to gematria, and shows that ancient Hebrew gematria was an important formal system of mathematics that is key to biblical exegesis.
“A Kabalistic tour de force. For the modern Kabalist (who might be tempted to be dismissive of the scriptural roots and application of the qabalah), Behold!: the Art and Practice of Gematria is perhaps the most valuable contribution to the study of modern qabalah in over a century.”
– Lon Milo DuQuette, author of The Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford
Memorize the correspondences to the letters, and then test your knowledge...
In the late bronze age¹ and throughout the biblical period, the practice of Gematria was a formal system of mathematics. Gematria had strict rules and conventions that regulated how calculations were composed and read, just as our formal system of math does today.
You may ask how the ancient Hebrew speaking peoples accomplished this with only the alphabet? That's a great question because at that time there was no notation for arithmetic like +, -, ×, ÷ and this happened before the Arabic numbering system (0, 1, 2, 3, 4 etc) was invented².
In those ancient times all the letters of the alphabet represented numbers, and parts of speech were used to separate calculating values from calculating indicators. Nouns were used for their values, and some verbs and prepositions were reserved to indicate types of arithmetic. For example, to bless ברוך indicated a multiplication by 2, while to curse ארור meant to divide by 2.
“See for YHVH has given you the Sabbath upon that he gives you in the day the sixth bread for two days.” Exodus 16:29
Some nouns were restricted from the count, and these were called middot (measures). These were words like: day, week, year, name, word, shekel, and all types of weights and measures. Middot included some unusual words that we wouldn't think of as measures today, such as: sons, and daughters.
Another feature of the formal system was that some nouns had set values by convention, rather than representing the sum of their letters. These were usually words that were related to the pictorial origins and themes of the alphabet. For example, the letter Beth came from the pictogram of a house, and so the word בית meaning house has the set value of 2 like the Beth. Nun came from the pictogram of a snake, and so the word נחש (nachash) meaning snake has the set value of 50 like the letter. עיניים meaning eyes has the set value of 70 like the letter Ayin which came from the pictogram of an eye.
All these features meant that gematria in the Bible was a formal system of math that readers of the time knew how to decipher so that the exact calculations of biblical writers were understood by biblical readers.
In all ancient societies the practice of numeracy is acquired before literacy, often by a significant margin³, and before Hebrew letters were corresponded to phonetic sounds that could be recorded, they were numbers. The numbers of the alphabet were assigned to specific yet broad themes which corresponded to how the ancients perceived the ancient world. These themes were matters that were thought to be in the experience of all human beings like day, night, the sky, birth, death, etc. These were all arranged into a diagram, alternatively called the Seven Palaces or the Merkabah (Chariot), and this was used for correspondences. The Merkabah was made a restricted study by the Sages, so little mention of it was made in the Talmud. This restriction also covered the main ciphers used in the Bible, with the exception of the Standard Cipher (Mispar Hechrechi).
GEMARA: The Gemara poses a question: You said in the first
clause of the mishna: Nor may one expound the Design of the
Divine Chariot by oneself, which indicates that the topic may not
be learned at all, and yet you subsequently said: Unless he is wise
and understands most things on his own, which indicates that an
individual is permitted to study the Design of the Divine Chariot.
The Gemara explains: This is what the mishna is saying: One may
not expound the topic of forbidden sexual relations before three
students, nor the act of Creation before two, nor may one teach the
Divine Chariot to one, unless that student was wise and understands on his own.
- Chagigah 11b:8–9, The William Davidson Talmud.
The ancients would have just called their system of math מנה (manah) which means to count. The word Gematria was borrowed from the Greek word meaning geometry, as in practical terms this meant land measurement and it was probably intended to refer to mathematics.
"The ancient rabbis were well aware of this use of geometry. It is to it that, in Pirkei Avot or “The Ethics of the Fathers,” Rabbi Eliezer Hisma was referring when he said, “Tekufot [calendrical reckoning] and gimatriya’ot [geometrical algebra] are side dishes to wisdom.” Gematria thus came to mean the algebraic solution of mathematical problems, and eventually, simple arithmetic and the calculation of the numerical values of Hebrew words. This is the sense in which it entered Jewish tradition, in which both it and the technique it designates are still widely encountered today." - Philologos (The Forward, 2013).
The Gematria ciphers for the Hebrew Bible were transposed to the Greek alphabet by Jewish converts to Christianity and they were used in the New Testament. Soon afterwards, the New Testament cipher was lost by Christian Churches, to the detriment of general biblical exegesis.
In 1900 the Biblical Ciphers were re-discovered by Aleister Crowley, who transliterated them to our modern alphabet and used them in Liber Al vel Legis and other of his Class A texts. Aleister used his knowledge of the Merkabah and the biblical ciphers as the architecture behind the Qabalah of Thelema.
In 2015 the biblical ciphers were rediscovered by the Noachide and Thelemite cryptographer Bethsheba Ashe, the creator of this calculator, and she spent the years following deciphering the ancient hebrew formal system using scientific method. She has presented the results of several years of biblical decipherment in her guide to the study of gematria throughout the ages: 'Behold! The Art and Practice of Gematria', which will be published by Aeon Books on the 31st October 2023.
[1.] The oldest example of gematria is in the Mt. Ebal Curse tablet.
ASHE, B. (2023). Behold: The art and practice of gematria. Aeon Books. pg 21-22.
[2.] The History of Mathematical Symbols: https://encyclopediaofmath.org/wiki/Mathematical_symbols
[3.] Overmann, K. A. (2023). The materiality of numbers: Emergence and elaboration from prehistory to present. Cambridge University Press.
The Shematria Gematria Calculator is a research tool for people engaged in the study of Biblical Scripture and Occult texts.
Shematria converts words to numbers. It makes working out formal gematria calculations easier and faster to do. Shematria accepts calculations in Hebrew, Greek, Arabic & Roman scripts. The calculator only carries ciphers that have been proven to have been used in the Tanakh, the New Testament, the Talmud, or the Book of the Law*.
The Genesis Order cipher is generally used in conjunction with alphabetic acrostics in the Bible (see 777 for the gematria of the 'virtuous wife'). The first two chapters of Genesis are keyed to this cipher.
The Biblical Gematria cipher is the most widely employed gematria cipher in the Bible.
The Reversal Cipher applies the Biblical Gematria cipher values to the letters in the reverse order.
The Standard Hebrew cipher is Mispar Hekhreḥi, and it is chiefly used in Talmudic and Kabbalistic texts.
The name 'Shematria' is a contraction of the words 'Shem' and 'Gematria'. in Hebrew the word 'Shem' means 'name'. The word 'Shematria' has the same gematria value as the word 'Gematria'. A common title for God in Judaism is 'HaShem', meaning 'The Name' (of God). This calculator allows you to add + and subtract - as well as do simple division / and multiplication * (with single letters).
The Gematria Calculator will not count any numbers that you enter if they accompany letters. If you enter numbers only, it will check our database for other examples of words and calculations that match that number.
The Shematria database is curated. Please see our guidelines for submission to our database. The Gematria Bible includes the standard gematria of each word, and it can speak the verses in Hebrew or Greek for you to reveal poetic meter, rhyme, and other features of the text.
To learn more about the formal system of Gematria used in the Bible, please see Behold! The Art and Practice of Gematria by Bethsheba Ashe, on Amazon, Lulu or Barnes & Noble. Also by Bethsheba Ashe — To learn more about Aleister Crowley's gematria, please see 'The Hermeneutics of Aleister Crowley', freely available as a PDF (see above for link).
* With the exception of the experimental Arabic cipher.
Genesis 1-2 is arranged in an alphanumeric order, but it was intended to be read in a linear arrangement! Unless it is rearranged, the narrative appears to jump around, but once the verses are set in the correct arrangement, the story reads as a cohesive whole and answers all the many questions people have reasonably asked about it over the millennia.
Chariot is a new book that presents the verses of Bereshit as they were intended to be read, and it explains each element of the gematria calculations, verse by verse.
Few texts are as misunderstood as the opening chapters of the Book of Genesis, and few matters are as secret as the Merkabah. These two things are inherently related, and that relationship is finally revealed this fall in this groundbreaking magnum opus by the creator of Shematria.