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Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Gematria
GEMATRIA* One of the rabbinic hermeneutic rules for interpreting the OT. It consisted of explaining a word or group of words according to the numerical value of the letters or by substituting and rearranging certain letters according to a set system. By that rule of interpretation, for example, some
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Gematria
gematria (gay-mah´tree-uh), the practice of assigning a numerical value to proper names or to related words and expressions. This was easily done in the ancient world because, in both Hebrew and Greek, letters of the alphabet were also used as numerals. It became commonplace for people to add up the
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Gematria
Gematria. A method of interpretation employed by the Rabbis to extract hidden meanings from words. The name ‘Gematria’, which is Hebrew, is perhaps a corruption of the Greek word γεωμετρία (‘geometry’). As in Hebrew every letter possessed a numerical value, it was possible, by counting up the values
Dictionary of Theological Terms
Gematria
GematriaThe use of the total numerical value of the letters of a Hebrew word to arrive at a hidden meaning of the word.
Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times
Gematria
GematriaGematria is a mathematical-based “Bible code” that has been explored and expounded within the mystical branch of Judaism referred to as Kaballah since the Middle Ages. The “code” works by correlating Hebrew letters with numbers. The Hebrew language can use the normal letters of the alphabet
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
Gematria
Gematria(also gematry; Heb. gematriya). The interchange of words (esp. but not exclusively in Hebrew) whose letters have the same numerical value when added; → Alpha and Omega; Numerology; Word Magic.bibliographyDornseiff, F. Das Alphabet in Mystik und Magie (Berlin, 1925), 91ff.Ed.