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Hebrew Numbers 1-10

Hebrew Numbers 11-30

Five (Scroll to “Why Five” within the post)

Nine 

Forty-Two (Scroll to heading “42” within the post. If you’ve ever watched the movie or read the book, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you may find it funny that the number 42 indeed has some pretty interestingly implications, lol. Whether 42 is the answer to the meaning of life, however, remains to be seen. (: )

More to Come!!

Introduction to Misparim

We use numbers to understand the universe around us. We calculate, measure, organize, record, and estimate with numbers. Everything from time to music and even our bank account pin codes are regulated by numbers — no matter your spoken language. But numerals measure more than the natural things, they also have great spiritual significance and symbolism. Without numbers, much of the Bible would be meaningless and prophetic dreams or visions indiscernible.

Some people believe that man invented numbers in order to make sense of the world. Thus, they suggest that numbers have no other worldly or spiritual significance. Others conclude that since mathematics measures all things, numbers must be the one true universal language. But still others (like the ancient Sages), believe that “numbers relate to the Divine design embedded within creation”.[1] From the very beginning, YHWH spoke to us using numbers to quantify and distinguish one thing from another. Thus, as the Master and Creator of the Universe, YHWH alone is the inventor of all numerals, counting, calculating, measuring, building, and the like.

The above articles do NOT imply that numbers have some sort of magical influence over the lives of people or creation, nor do they suggest that numbers have a mind or will of their own. Instead, I believe that they are meant to be tools that illuminate and express spiritual truths from the Bible and our (spiritual) lives. Just as the ancient pictographs behind Hebrew letters help us to discern the deeper implication behind biblical words and concepts, numbers  help us to understand the relationship between a person, place, thing, idea, or an action and how it is being quantified. In other words, when we thoroughly search out a particular number in the Bible, it becomes increasingly evident that God doesn’t use numbers randomly,[2] but by divine design. Knowing these things not only helps us to better understand the Word of God, but also our God given dreams and visions.

The above article (Hebrew Numbers 1-10) is a condensed summary of my own research on the numbers 1-10. The articles following this list offer an expanded exploration on certain numerals (I plan to add to this list as time permits). And last but not least, this footnote lists some of the resources I have found most helpful in my studies.[3]


[1] Jewish Wisdom in the Numbers. 1st ed. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Mesorah, 2013. 25.

[2] For example, on average, one in every five verses in the Bible contains a number.

[3] List of resources:

Jewish Wisdom In the Numbers

Number in Scripture Publisher: Kregel Classics

Understanding the Dreams You Dream Revised and Expanded

The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet: The Sacred Letters As a Guide to Jewish Deed and Thought (Artscroll Mesorah)

The Energy of Hebrew Letters: The Quantum Story of the Original Alphabet

Hebrew 1-100

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  1. Pingback: Hebrew Numbers 11-30 | GRACE in TORAH

  2. Andrew H

    HI there
    As a lover of Hebrew and supporter of Israel and the scriptures I am wondering if there is a definitive book of Hebrew numbers and their use with the Torah or adding another layer of textual understanding? A website is cool of course but a book would be awesome as I really want to explore this area much more!

    Shalom
    Andrew H

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    • Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for visiting Grace in Torah. 😊 I’ve listed some resources at the bottom of this post (Misparim), but as to a definitive book or source, I haven’t found one that encompasses all the aspects I’d prefer. The posts I’ve made on Hebrew numerals are an ongoing compilation from my own studies. If I stumble upon a great resource, you can believe I’ll post a review about it. 😊

      Shalom,
      K

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  3. Andrew H

    Thanks very kindly for your time and response! I will read through the posts and keep on my lifelong search! I guess you would need at least 6-10 books to start to really cover enough breadth on a deep subject!
    Kind regards
    Andrew H

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  4. Renee

    That’s a lovely video! Instructive and fun! It’s nice to see all the different faces of tel aviv!

    Liked by 1 person

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