The Hebrew letters of the Bible (O.T)

When I was looking for the number of Hebrew letters of the bible, something came up. But before I show you that, I will give you the numbers of the letters of the alphabet in Genesis, the Torah and the Tenach(OT). I also added the numbers of the book Ester. Later I will explane why.

    Genesis                                                                                   Torah


    Tenach (O.T.)                                                                          Ester


First I checked the Torah, the five books of Moses. The Torah is the most holy part of the bible. The Jews were copying these scriptures with great care, so that no mistakes would be made or letters would be lost or added. I was looking for the most used letters of the alphabet. These letters happen to be the letters that make up the name 'Yahweh Elohim', the LORD God. This name/phrase has in total 9 letters and of those 9 letters there are 6 different letters. Note: 6 is the first perfect number (all devisors, the number 6 itself excluded, are: 1, 2 and 3......1+2+3=6)

In the first table below you see the amount of each letter in the Torah. In the second table I have marked the six letters that are used in the phrase/name Yahweh Elohim, the LORD God. And in the third table I have placed the amount of letters in declining order. You can see that the jod, vav, hee, aleph, mem and lamed are the six most used letters in the Torah. Those are the letters that make up 'Yahweh Elohim'.

In this list of numbers of the amount of each letter of the alphabet in the Torah, there are only two prime numbers: 31531 for the jod, and 27059 for the aleph

Those two letters happen to be the initials of Yahweh Elohim. Is that coincidental? I don't think so.

And when we take the order numbers of the declining order of the number of the letters of the alphabet in the Torah, we find for the letters of Yahweh: the jod on the 1st place, the hee on the 3rd place and the vav on the 2nd place. This adds up for Yahweh to 1+3+2+3=9 and for Elohim 4+6+3+1+5=19. That's quite special, for prime 9 is 19, and the sum is 9+19=28, which is the second perfect number!(divisors of 28 are: 1, 2, 4, 7 and 14........1+2+4+7+14=28) Moreover the order numbers of the declining order for the initials of Yahweh Elohim, the jod and the aleph, are 1 and 4.......composite 1=4.

The sum of the number aephs and jods, the initials of Yahweh Elohim is: 27059+31531=58590. In factors that is:


or 6x45x217

6 and 45 are triangular numbers and 217 is a hexagon number. So the image of 58590 can look like this:

Number of Alephs+number of Jods in the Torah=58590=T3xT9xh217

The total sum of the six different letters of Yahweh Elohim in the Torah is: 


163819 is a prime. For this number I haven't found the proper image yet. But taking 1 as the first prime, it is the 15000th prime.


When we check out the number of letters in other books or the complete Old Testament (Tenach), some things are the same and some things are different. So let's first look at the first book: Genesis.

Also here the first six most used letters are the letters that are needed for the words/phrase Yahweh Elohim. However the number of letters of the initials of Yahweh Elohim are not prime. There are 9035 jods in Genesis and 7634 alephs. Both numbers are composites. The sum of these two numbers is: 9035+7634=16669. The factors of 16669 are: (1x)79x211. From these numbers we can make an image. The image for 79 is simple; it is hexagram with 73 units +6 units. The image for 211 is hexagon with 271 units, minus 6xT4=6x10=60.......271-60=211. The images for 79 and 211 will look like this:



So 79x211 will be like the image below. The original image is quite big, so I don't know if it will show up nicely on a computer with a lower screen resolution. But you get the idea.

The amounts of aleph's and jod's in the book Genesis: 7634+9035=16669=79x211

We can also look for the Sum of the Divisors of 16669. In this case the number 1 is of course also one of the divisors:


291 is the CV of the word Elohim(God) written with the full name of the Hebrew letters.

The number 291 is also hiding God's Name for 291 is 3x97. And 97 is prime 26, which is the CV of Yahweh. So 291=3xP26. It is interesting that 211 is a reversed digit anagram of 112, the CV of Yahweh Elohim(26+86=112). We see also that 97 is a reversed digit anagram of the factor 79. The number 79 is also a prime: P23=79. And 23 is the 10th prime. 10 is a composite. The sum of this string of three numbers is: 10+23+79=112, equal to the CV of Yahweh Elohim.  So it seems that Yahweh Elohim is signing the book Genesis.

The total sum of the number of the six different letters used in Genesis is 42785:

The number of the six different letters of Yahweh Elohim in Genesis












6283 is an anagram of 6328=T112










The forth letter in this list is the hee with the number value 5. The hee has 6283 occurances in Genesis. 6283 is a digit anagram of 6328, which is the 112th triangular number. And as you know 112 is the CV of Yahweh Elohim. The difference between those numbers is: 6328-6283=25 or 5x5. It seems as if God wants us to pay attention to the hee, to the 5.









Now we will look for the amount of letters in the Tenach(OT). Also there we find the six letters of Yahweh Elohin on top of the list. I don't take these numbers to serious, for it is known that there are some small differences in the Isaiah scrolls, found in the Qumran caves. As said there are only small differences, but those differences will probably not change the order of the usage of the Hebrew letters. The smallest distance between the amount of two letters of the letters of Yahweh Elohim, is between the hee (101953) and the mem (98921). The difference is: 101953-98921=3032. I don't think that when a correction is needed it will change the order. And the difference between the numbers of the sixth letter (lamed) and the numbers of  the seventh leter (resh) is: 88302-68058=20244. Also here I don't expect a change of order.

We can think, because Yahweh Elohim is one the main players of the bible, that this the reason is why the six letters of the name/phrase are the most used letters. That's why I checked the book Ester too. The word Elohim(God) nor the Name Yahweh(LORD) occurs in the book Ester, so the six letters will be used less often. However we find in the book Ester the same six letters as the most used letters.

The name Ester means: I shall be hidden. So let's look if we can find something. The CV of the name Ester is 661.

The number 661 is a hexagram number, so now we can make an image for the name Ester. 661=(12xT10)+1=(12x55)+1. But we can expres the star also in this way: T31+(3xT10) or 496+(3x55). The number 496 (T31) is the third perfect number.

CV of Ester is 661

The name Ester can also be written with the full name of the letters. The outcome is then 1147. The factors of 1147 are: 31x37.

1147 is not a star number, but when we substract 661 from 1147, we get 486, which is: 6x81 or 6x92. Now we have the ingredients to make an image of the number 1147:

1147, the CV of Ester (full)

But there are also other ways to make an image from the factors of 1147. It can be expressed as 31x37 or as 37x31. The images will look slightly different.



The total sum (2410) of  number of the letters aleph (812), samech (144), tav (704) and resh (750), in the book Ester as used in the name ESTER.


The image for 241 can be a hexagram with 253 units, minus 12 (=6x2), so the image can look like this:


The Image for 2410 is 10x241, and as you probably know by now, 10 is the triangle of 4:

The sum (2410) of  number of the letters aleph (812), samech (144), tav (704) and resh (750), as used in the name ESTER.


However there are seven books in the Tenach that have not the six letters of Yahweh Elohim as the first six letters in declining order. But those six letters are always among the first nine letters in declining order. And as said the phrase 'Yahweh Elohim' has nine letters. I don't know if there is a special reason for this deviation, but a reason might be due the smaller amount of letters in those books, so the average is not fully balanced. 

However when you take the average of the letters of these seven books, than the six different letters of Yahweh Elohim are the six most used letters!

I did no research on the letters of the New Testament. I have no software for the Greek text. Besides that it is not known if some of the N.T. books were originaly written in Hebrew or Greek.

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Frank Colijn, Oktober 2020