יהוה

Your Days are Numbered: The sacred & unutterable name of God

It’s January 26. Write a post in which the number 26 plays a role.

In most of the ancient Semitic languages each letter also has a numerical value.

This means that each word has it’s own numerical value

formed by adding together the values of it’s letters.

The study of the meanings of words as defined by their values is known as Gematria.

The sacred & unutterable name of God in the Jewish tradition is …

יהוה

It reads from right to left & it’s value, calculated from the values of it’s letters is as follows …

10 + 5 +6 +5 = 26

Your Days are Numbered

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24 thoughts on “Your Days are Numbered: The sacred & unutterable name of God

  1. I never thought of assigning numerical values to letters. That is very unique!
    Was that a little factoid you had tucked away in the back of your head? Or did you pour over a list of words trying to find one to total 26?

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    1. Hi dragonpawgent,
      Gematria is one of my pet obsessions & so I’m often found adding up words to see what their values are.
      I did know about the value of this word, it’s quite an important one for obvious reasons, but I wasn’t actually thinking of it when I started on the prompt.
      I reached for one of my books on gematria to see what was listed under 26 & lo & behold there it was.
      Given the title of the prompt it made for quite an ominous post lol🙂

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        1. Yeah of course. It’s an ancient tradition in Judaism & has been adopted by many mystics & esoteric schools. It is believed that words with the same numerical value are somehow connected & this has lead to some numbers having great spiritual significance.
          Maybe I should write a more detailed post on the subject🙂

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            1. Yes people do this with English, but there is a lot of debate about the values of the letters. Being a relatively modern practice, there are no ancient sources to consult, so letters are generally given values from 1 to 9 in order & the numbers are just repeated until the letters are used up, but it doesn’t really work out exactly & generally people tend to try & convert English words to Hebrew letters & do it that way. I’m seriously considering a post that explains it all in the near future, so I’ll let you know when I finally get it together lol🙂

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