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      However, the most common use of gematria is to obtain a more spiritual understanding of a religious text. The exact meaning drawn from gematria depends on a person’s individual beliefs. An ancient version of gematria was a fully developed mathematical system that used words to reveal sums that they intended future readers to discover. Sefer Yetzirah, the earliest kabbalistic text, believed to have been written in the 2nd century CE, was the first kabbalistic text to elaborate a system of gematria. This text is concerned with God’s creation of the universe through the powers of the Hebrew alphabet, and with the permutations of God’s name. The mystic practitioner could, it was believed, use this knowledge to harness the powers of creation. Sefer Yetzirah supposedly contains the instructions to create a golem, the legendary creature made out of mud, popularized by the Maharal of Prague in the 19th century. Since the death of Aleister Crowley (1875–1947), a number of people have proposed numerical ciphers for the purposes of English numerology with The Book of the Law. The English Qaballa discovered by English magician James Lees in 1976 is the topic of a number of books by Cath Thompson.[49][50] There are also other, less popular, forms of English Qabalah. Although a type of gematria system (‘Aru’) was employed by the ancient Babylonian culture, their writing script was logographic, and the numerical assignments they made were to whole words. The value of these words were assigned in an entirely arbitrary manner and correspondences were made through tables,[2] and so cannot be considered a true form of gematria. Aru was very different from the gematria systems used by Hebrew and Greek cultures, which used alphabetic writing scripts. Similar systems have been used in other languages and cultures derived from or inspired by Hebrew gematria; Arabic abjad numerals, and English gematria. There is currently no academic consensus over whether Hebrew gematria or Greek isopsephy was used first. By comparing letters to each other using gematria, you will make note of how other words match as well as how the numbers have been assigned. The letters 42 are equal to 42, which is an expression best known for stating “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything.”.

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