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19. The first word.

The first word of the bible  'In the beginning', berashit, is written in Hebrew with six letters:

400 + 10 + 300 + 1 + 200 + 2 = 913


     Hexagram 37hexagon 19

The Star of David with 37 units seems to be the model for the number value of the first word. 913 can be formulated as (18x37+(13x19). Al these number can be found in the structure of this Star of David. The gematria full of the first word is 1819 (see below) and is a junction of 18 and 19.
In fact the word berashit is a junction of the word 'begin', rashit, , and the prefix 'In', . (911+2=913) All these letters have a name. That name can be written in full: gematria Millui:

By using this gematria system there is given more information to the first word. The gematria 'full' of the first word of the bible is 1819, which is 17x107. This number value of the letters appears to have a relation with the number of letters. The logic that is followed is not very complicated. The word 'berashit', has six letters. The sixth prime is 11 (P6=11). Together that is 6+11=17, exact the number of letters of the gematria full and one of the factors of 1819:

gematria full:  6+11=17 letters

The principal that I have used I call the 'prime jump'. If we 'jump' two times more than we reach the number 107:

6 P6=11, P11=29, P29=107

107 is the second factor of 1819. But why should we stop here with 'jumping'? There can be different reasons. The sum of the first six  prime numbers is:


In this way the 29 becomes 'locked up' by the 'triangular count' of the first 6 primes. From 29 the last jump is made: P29=107. The sum of all four numbers of these three jumps is:


Triangle 17=153

The triangular number of 17 is 153. In this way 153 ‘locks up’ the last prime jump from 29 to 107. The number 153 has also in other places in the bible an important meaning. Mathematical it is also an interesting number. The triangle of 17 has not a singular centre of gravity, but has 3 units in its centre.  These are the units 61, 72 and 73, counted from the top of the triangle. The sum is 206. This is the number value of the word 'Word', , 200+2+4=206. It seems to be logic to interpret it in this way, think hereby of Joh.1:1: 

In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God (divine)

Many mathematicians don't see 1 as a prime and if 1 is not seen as the first prime, then this system would not work. Possibly this system tells us how we have to look at numbers and have the mathematicians to reconsider if they have to see 1 as a prime. To get not entangled in the words of a definition of primes, I show here in a very simple way the division in prime numbers and composite numbers:














































1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9............

The letters become distributed in a special way over the 17 letter places. The sum of the normal letter places within the gematria full of berashit is 51 (3x17) and the sum of the letter places of the filling is 102 (6x17 or 2x51) And further we have to notice that the sum of the numbers 6 until 11 (P6=11) is: 6+7+8+9+10+11=51:

3x17  6x17

With both numbers, 51 and 102, triangles can be formed of which each unit has the number value 17. The structure is chosen in a way that there are for the 17 letter places five 3letter 'letters' and one 2letter 'letter'. With an other deviation of the letters it would not have been possible to make triangles with the unit 17. Moreover the word 'begin', , has 5 letters and the prefix 'In', , 1 letter.

The normal gematria of 'In the beginning', , is 400+10+300+1+200+2=913. This number has a relation with the triangular counting of the first six and the first seventeen triangular numbers:

Sum of the first 6 triangular numbers: 1+3+6+10+15+21=56

Sum of the first 17 triangular numbers: 1+3+6+10+15+21+28+36+45+55+66+78+91+105+120+136+153=969



So it are 17-6=11 triangular numbers or said in a different way, the triangular numbers T7 up to and including T17 that form 913.


The part of the word that means 'begin', , has with gematria Katan the value: 4+1+3+1+2=11. With the normal gematria that is 400+10+300+1+200=911. In reduction that is also 9+1+1=11. This is one of the factors of 913. If we reduce 11 further more we find: 1+1=2, the number value of the prefix 'In', . When we count from 11(the 6th prime) the next four primes, so in total 5 primes, equal to the number of letters of rashit, than the sum is:


This is the second factor of 913. An other interesting detail is that 911 the 157th prime is. In reduction that is: 1+5+7=13, the gematria Katan of all six letters of the first word. Moreover 157 is the 38th prime, a number that has the reversed digits of 83. The 'filling' of berashit has the number value 906. In factors: 1x2x3x151. The sum is 1+2+3+151=157. In this way 906 (the filling of the six letters) becomes connected with 911 (). The sum is 906+911=1817. Hereby is the beth, , the first letter excluded. The factors of 1817 are 1x23x79. If we exclude the first factor 1 , or join it with one of the other factors (1x23=23) Than we have in fact the multiplication 23x79. A nice detail is that 79 is the 23rd prime. The sum of these numbers is: 23+79=102. This number is equal to the sum of the letter places of the filling of berashit. The sum of the individual digits is (2+3)+(7+9)=21. Because 21...3x7 is and this fundamental digits are in the structure of the bible I have also looked if they have a special relation with the first word. The aleph, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the one that represents God, can be found in the 3rd place in the word berashit. In the gematria ‘full’ the same aleph can be found on the 7th place (the sum of the letter places of the word 'aleph' is 7+8+9=24, and because the aleph represents God we keep this number in our thoughts):

And is it logic to select the aleph out of the sequence of letters from the first word? I think it is. The ‘Word’ is build by means of the alphabet. The first letter and the first word say something about how and in what way there becomes build. However I notice that many people find it difficult to except that a langue can be expressed with numbers. But can't everything become expressed with numbers? When I say: ‘water’, nobody sees numbers, but we all know the formula of water: H2O.Hydrogen and Oxygen. How much Hydrogen and how much Oxygen? It are the number of atoms that make up that it is water. And what is the difference between H and O? Both atoms are build up out of neutrons, protons and electrons. What is the difference? Again: it are the numbers that make up what the difference is. Numbers are almost invisible, but they are present. In the Hebrew and Greek langue this is also present. If we (want to) see it or not. With the table of the first word we can find a parallel with the prime table of the first 27 numbers, that represents the starting point of the Hebrew alphabet. There we find 3 Super Perfect Primes, 7 Perfect and 17 normal Primes. The 7 Perfect Primes are located between the 17 normal primes. This number is equal to the letter places of the aleph in the gematria 'full' of berashit, with the 'God' of the beginning.

With the gematria Katan the number value of the word 'berashit', , is: 4+1+3+1+2+2=13 (In the next table I have written the Hebrew letters from the left to the right). It seems that the first 6 nPP's (number place Perfect Prime) are used, that's to say in a different order. It can be coincidental, but I should say judge for yourself:


There are some different possibilities to divide the six nPP's over the letters of berashit, because there are more ones and twos to divide. The 3 and the 4 have a fixed place, respectively the 4th and the 6th place. The deviation appears to be in prime places and not-prime places. With this difference the factors 11x83 of 913 can be found. The sum of the prime places is: 1+2+3+5=11. I found it more difficult to explain the connection between {4 and 6} and 83. The multiplication between those two numbers is: 4x6=24 (this is also 8x3) The 24th prime is 83. It is possible that this factor is hidden in this way. So now we have again the 11 and the 83, two 'witnesses' in the structure of the first word. 

And by the way, the multiplication of the first four primes is: 1x2x3x5=30. This is the number value of the lamed, , the second letter of Elohim. This letter appears for the first time in the bible on letter place 11. This happens to be the sum of those primes: 1+2+3+5=11.

This approach of the first word is mainly mathematical. This page is still in development. So look every now and then if there are changes. And if you wish to contribute ideas, please mail me. An other interesting site on the first word you can find at this link: http://www.biblewheel.com/GR/GR_FirstWord.asp .

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