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is an exegetical-hermeneutical technique that calculates equivalences for words and verses by means of the numeric values of letters. At times, it merely serves mnemonic purposes. Derived from Greek, the loanword gematria is traced back by scholars either to γεωμετρία/geōmetría or to γραμματεία/grammateía. The method itself is attested not only among the Greeks, but also in Babylon. Rabbinic literature frequently employs gematria, which constitutes the 29th of Rabbi Eliezer's 32 hermeneutical rules (2nd cent. ce). An additional gematria technique, known…

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Rebiger, Bill, “Gematria”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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