Appendix: Alphabetic Numeration

In the long history of number writing a significant step was taken when the Greeks introduced a scheme of alphabetic numeration c 600 BC - all 24 letters being brought into use for this purpose. Some 400 years later the Jews followed suit - their 22-letter alphabet adapted in similar fashion. The table given below details these schemes together with a hypothetical 'English' version, based on the Hebrew model.

In row order we have: (1) position of letter in alphabet, (2) the lowercase Greek letters - one with an end-form, (3) the Hebrew letters - five with end-forms, (4) the numerical values assigned to these letters, and (5) the uppercase English letters. Regarding the Greek scheme, the numbers 6 and 90 were represented by non-alphabetic characters.

Historically, the Greek and Hebrew symbols were used to record numbers on an additive basis - the value represented by a string of letters being the sum of their respective numerical values, as set out above.

Some significant implications follow:

(1) The Lord's Name in both Greek (nominative case) and English (pseudo-Hebrew) is the product of 37 and a perfect square, thus:

In the first of these, (a) the square, 8 x 8, is also the cube, 4 x 4 x 4, as depicted earlier, and (b) both the components, 888 and 1480, are multiples of 37.

(2) The Bible's first verse (Genesis 1:1) has the numerical value 2701, or 37 x 73. Here are the details:

The text is read from right to left; word values are shown below.

Each of these evaluations may be readily confirmed by referring to the table above.

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