The Greek and Hebrew Alphabets with numeric equivalents

by Matt Slick

In English, we have alpha and numeric characters: a,b,c,d,e, etc., & 0,1,2,3,4, etc.  Both Greek and Hebrew have only one set of characters used for both words and numbers.

When a word in Greek, for example, is written out, it has a mathematical value.  This value is called the gematria.  The Greek word for Jesus (IhsouV) has a mathematical equivalent of 888.

There are many very interesting mathematical relationships when the gematria of words and sentences are examined.

Greek Letter Greek
Name
English Letter Numeric
Value
  Greek Letter Greek Name English Letter Numeric
Value
A,a alpha father 1 N,n nu new 50
B,b beta boy 2 X,x xi box 60
G,g gamma god 3 O,o omikron off 70
D,d delta dog 4 P,p pi pet 80
E,e epsilon end 5       90 is
R,r rho rat 100
      6 is sigma, V final form S,s,V* sigma sam (s,V) 6, 200
Z,z zeta zebra 7
H,h eta hey 8 T,t tau test 300
Q,q theta thick (q) 9 U,u upsilon up 400
I,i iota it 10 F,f phi phone (f) 500
K,k kappa kit 20 C,c chi bach 600
L,l lamda low 30 Y,y psi cups (y) 700
M,m mu mike 40 W,w omega orange (w) 800
900 = sampsi
Hebrew
Letter
Hebrew
Name
English
Letter
Numeric
Value
  Hebrew
Letter
Hebrew
Name
English
Letter
Numeric
Value
א aleph silent (א) 1 or 1000 ל lamed low 30
ב bet boy 2 מ,ם* mem mike 40
ג gimel god 3 ן,נ* nun new 50
ד deled dog 4 ס samech sam 60
ה heh hi 5 ע ayin silent 70
ו vov very, up 6 ף,פ* pey pet, phone 80
ז zayin zebrea 7 ץ,צ* tzadi nets 90
ח ches bach 8 ק kuf q, kit 100
ט tes test 9 ר reish race 200
י yod you 10 ש shin sam, shem 300
ך,כ* chof kit 20 ת tof test 400
Letter
final form
Hebrew
Name
Numeric
Value
ך final chof 500
מ final mem 600
ן final nun 700
ף final pey 800
ץ final tzadi 900

*final form is form of letter found when it occurs at the end of a word.

 

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