Gematria in the New Testament?

Last week Derek Leman posted a great article on his blog, Yeshua in Context, on the use of Gematria in the B’rit Chadasha, and particularly in the Gospel of John. Gematria is the rabbinic term for finding numerical patterns in the biblical text. Although the use of Gematria appears throughout the Bible, including the New Testamanent, it is interesting how prevalent it is in the Gospel of John particularly. However, as one of the most mystical texts within the New Testament it should not be such a surprise.

I encourage you to check out the post HERE.

About Rabbi Joshua

I’m a Rabbi, writer, thinker, mountain biker, father and husband … not necessarily in that order. According to my wife, however, I’m just a big nerd. I have degrees in dead languages and ancient stuff. I have studied in various Jewish institutions, including an Orthodox yeshiva in Europe. I get in trouble for making friends with perfect strangers, and for standing on chairs to sing during Shabbos dinner. In addition to being the Senior Rabbi of Ahavat Zion Synagogue in Santa Monica, CA, I write regularly for several publications and speak widely in congregations and conferences. My wife is a Southern-fried Jewish Beltway bandit and a smokin’ hot human rights attorney… and please don’t take offense if I dump Tabasco sauce on your cooking.

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3 Responses to Gematria in the New Testament?

  1. Jérémy Ferro says:

    Shabat shalom,
    I have created an excel file with the gematria of all the brit hadasha (delitsch version).
    If you’re interested by the file, i’ll be pleased to send it (free 🙂
    If you know a better version, and you want the same file, my program can calculate the gematria of all text.

    Regards,
    Jérémy

  2. Sean P. says:

    Full use of Gematria within the New Testament, is exposed at the following web page.
    http://www.outersecrets.com/real/biblecode2a.htm

    Granted, it is an English version, but it does speak volumes.

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