B i b l e N u m e r i c s

By Andrew Harris March 1, 1999

Jesus said that "the very hairs of your head are numbered " (Matthew 10:30). The Greek word used here is (ariqmev) 'arithmeo' from which we get arithmetic.

It would appear from this statement that God is a mathematician. Indeed all of creation is based on mathematical principles and runs according to mathematical rules. So it would certainly seem that the creator must be a mathematician. If He were to write a book, should it not also be stamped, and based upon the same mathematics.

He did, and indeed it is.

If there is a God in the Christian sense of the word, then He is the creator of the entire universe and must be the ultimate engineer. If the ultimate engineer writes a book, even if it is primarily a book about His interaction with humans, shouldn't we expect to see some of His engineering knowledge to show through. The Bible is just such a book. It is not written as a book about science, but when the occasional scientific fact is mentioned, it is amazingly accurate. It demonstrates a knowledge not available to the men who penned the words thousands of years ago. The only possible conclusion for the rational reader is that some higher intelligence directed the writing and transmission of the Bible to us. One of the many ways that this higher intelligence (God) manifests to us is in the amazing patterns of numbers used in the text of the Bible. Quite apart from the amazing symbolic nature of these patterns, the statistics pages of this site will attempt to demonstrate that they are proof of a 'Christian' God.

Numbers in the Bible

Numbers occur in the Bible in a variety of ways.

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Roman Numerals
Latin Examples

Hebrew Alphabet
Hebrew Exapmles

Greek Alphabet

The Numbers
1 - one
2 - two
3 - three
4 - four
5 - five
6 - six
7 - seven
8 - eight
9 - nine
10 - ten
11 - eleven
12 - twelve
13 - thirteen
14 - fourteen
15 - fifteen
19 - nineteen
23 - twenty three
31 - thirty one
37 - thirty seven
43 - forty three
73 - seventy three

Numbers Summary

The Tol'doth

Science in the Bible

The Stars Declare Gods Handiwork




Firstly there are the numbers actually mentioned in the text of the Bible itself such as the 40 days and nights it rained while Noah was in the ark. Many of these numbers clearly show a consistent symbolic meaning and give us clues to the meanings of other numbers.

Secondly there are patterns within the occurrence of words and phrases, for example, how many times is the name of Moses mentioned in the Bible, how often is the Greek word apocalypse used, and so on.

The Bible is divided up into chapters and verses each of which is numbered, Even though this division was not made until around the 1300's, they generally follow the phrases and sentences in the text itself and there are many striking 'coincidences' in these numbers.

Finally because of the nature of the numbering systems used in the Hebrew and Greek languages which the Bible was originally written in, every letter, every word, every phrase and every passage in the Bible has a number value. This is called Gematria.

The term 'Bible Numerics' would appear to have been first used by Ivan Panin. He often wrote about the '...numeric phenomenon found in the Bible'. From which the shortened term has arisen. He used the term almost exclusively to refer to only the last manner in which numbers can be found in the Bible, Gematria. Alternatively, E.W. Bullinger wrote about 'Numbers in the Bible' and covered all manners in which numbers can occur within the Bible

For the purposes of this site, I propose to use the term 'Bible Numerics' in the broadest possible sense. I will use it to mean all ways in which numbers can be found in the Bible. While some of the information on this site can be found in the writings of these two authors, much of the material on this site is new. No plagiarism is intended, but some foundation, or coverage of the basics must be made before more involved examples can be adequately addressed.

Thus, Bible Numerics covers the study of all aspects of these occurrences of numbers and mathematical patterns within the Bible. It is a large topic and so I have broken it down into smaller bytes. While the first three types of occurrence of numbers within the Bible are reasonably self explanatory, the fourth (Gematria) is more complicated. Reading through the sections on Roman Numerals should help explain this clearly. Then the sections on Numerics in the Hebrew and the Greek, give many examples of how the principle applies to those two languages. Then there is the meat of the topic. The symbolic meanings of various numbers and various numeric pattern relating to those numbers. Finally there are a few pages on related subjects which are referred to in the text elsewhere.

There are many people who may read this site, who will probably know more than I do about Latin, Hebrew, Greek, Statistics and other things I mention. I welcome any constructive criticism, corrections or advice which may be offered - thank you in advance.

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Roman Numerals

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