18 Gematria: Numeric encoding of text using ASCII values

Gematria is a system for assigning a number to a word by summing the numeric values of each of the characters (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gematria). In the standard encoding (Mispar hechrechi), each character of the Hebrew alphabet is assigned a numeric value ranging from 1 to 400, but there are more than a dozen other methods for calculating the numeric value for the letters. To encode a word, these values are added together. Revelation 13:18 from the Christian Bible says, “Let the one who has insight calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is a man’s number, and its number is 666.” Some scholars believe that number is derived from the encoding of the characters representing ...

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