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A numerological system used in kabbalah and other forms of Jewish mysticism that assigns numerical values to words based on the fixed numerical values of their letters.

[Mishnaic Hebrew gîmaṭriyyâ, from Greek geōmetriā, geometry; see geometry.]
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(Judaism) Judaism a system of assigning numerical values to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, esp when used by cabbalists to interpret the Hebrew scriptures
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(gəˈmeɪ tri ə)
a cabbalistic system of interpretation of the Scriptures by substituting for a particular word another word whose letters give the same numerical sum.
[1685-95; < Hebrew gēmaṭriyā < Greek geōmetría geometry]
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A magico-philosophical science of numbers found in the cabala and based on the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
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A system of esoteric Biblical interpretation called gematria, or numerology, assigns numerical value to the Hebrew letters (Scholem 56).
Gematria are numerical 'charades' made entirely of the alphanumeric values (AVs), or alphabet numbers, of the letters of the target word, in order.
Manifested in the habit of reading aloud from the Hebrew scrolls in study houses and synagogues (Holtz 18), in the tremendous care taken with the physical maintenance of those scrolls and the transmission of their content (Holtz 21; Alpert 270), and in the techniques of notariqon (acrostics), gematria (numerology) and temurah (anagram) applied in the exegesis of the scriptures (Eco 27-28), it is clear that, in the Jewish tradition, the configuration of phrases, words, even letters, plays a central role in the overall "meaning" of the text.
Kirsch comments on excerpts from eighteen sources (not coincidentally, in gematria 18 = "life"): Deuteronomy, the Book of Esther, Philo of Alexandria's Exposition of the Law, Josephus' Jewish War, the Talmudic tractate Chapters of the Fathers, Benjamin of Tudela's Itinerary and Yehuda Halevi's Kuzari, Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed, the Zohar, the Tsenerene and the Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln, Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise, the Autobiography of Solomon Maimon and Moses Mendelssohn's Jerusalem, the Tales of Nachman of Bratslav, Theodor Herzl's Jewish State and Old New Land, and finally Sholem Aleichem's Tevye the Dairyman.
Rethinking Gematria in the Philosophical Theology of D.
The Hebrew word for a sick person --[phrase omitted](holeh)--has a gematria (numerical value) of 49.
Perhaps twelve is "symbolically evocative" in a way that nine is not--especially prior to the modern history of baseball (at least in the National League)--but this involves applying a rhetorical form of gematria I have not yet mastered.
I even had a teacher obsessed with gematria, the mystical numerology of the Jews.
As many early modern humanists perceived, Gematria dovetailed neatly with the numerological mysticism of the Pythagoreans.
This interpretation recalls the hermeneutic method known as gematria that flourished in medieval Judaism.
23-26) uses etymography and gematria to connect a chariot, mentioned in the protasis of the base text, with Ishtar, named in the apodosis.
(50) Harvey also draws on the argument of Moshe Idel that Spinoza was influenced by the gematria that elohim and ha-teba' are both 86, which was originally argued by Abraham Abulafia and was quoted frequently by later kabbalists.