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 LetterGreek
Name
English LetterNumeric
Value
 Greek LetterGreek NameEnglish LetterNumeric
Value
A,aalphafather1N,nnunew50
B,bbetaboy2X,xxibox60
G,ggammagod3O,oomikronoff70
D,ddeltadog4P,ppipet80
E,eepsilonend5   90 is
R,rrhorat100
   6 is sigma, V final formS,s,V*sigmasam (s,V)6, 200
Z,zzetazebra7
H,hetahey8T,ttautest300
Q,qthetathick (q)9U,uupsilonup400
I,iiotait10F,fphiphone (f)500
K,kkappakit20C,cchibach600
L,llamdalow30Y,ypsicups (y)700
M,mmumike40W,womegaorange (w)800
900 = sampsi
Hebrew
Letter
Hebrew
Name
English
Letter
Numeric
Value
 Hebrew
Letter
Hebrew
Name
English
Letter
Numeric
Value
אalephsilent (א)1 or 1000לlamedlow30
בbetboy2מ,ם*memmike40
גgimelgod3ן,נ*nunnew50
דdeleddog4סsamechsam60
הhehhi5עayinsilent70
וvovvery, up6ף,פ*peypet, phone80
זzayinzebrea7ץ,צ*tzadinets90
חchesbach8קkufq, kit100
טtestest9רreishrace200
יyodyou10שshinsam, shem300
ך,כ*chofkit20תtoftest400
Letter
final form
Hebrew
Name
Numeric
Value
ךfinal chof500
מfinal mem600
ןfinal nun700
ףfinal pey800
ץfinal tzadi900

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

 

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About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.