I agree with Hippolytus that stating judgments and prophecy based on
the "sum of the digits" of one's Greek name is absurd. Seems it was
ancient mathematicians childplay like rock/paper/scissors. And they
kept changing the rules to change the outcome. They also had a rule
of 7, counting only one of the recurring Greek letters in a name,
However, I am convinced that the NT and OT use "numeric's" to convey
certain meaning as I stated a few examples from the NT in my previous
The resident expert who spurred my interest in gematria is Michael
Grondin. He has also carried it into the Coptic alphabet. He
recently posted on the Gthomas list that he has created an Excel
spreadsheet which automatically calculates the gematria value for
certain words. No, I have not read any books on 1st century gematria
practices but perhaps when Mike gets back, he will post some
--- In email@example.com
, "Terry Larm"
> Thanks for the interesting comment. I just read the section in
> about the rule of 9. Although Hippolytus is presenting the Greek
> a negative light (as he is attempting to refute it as a heresy),
> does not mean that the author of the Fourth Gospel had a similar
> view of gematria. I am curious, however, about what we might know
> Greek gematria was viewed by various groups in the first century.
> know of any first century views that I can look into?