“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham”.
In the original Greek text Matthew 1:1 has 8 words.
The first word
The first word in the Greek New Testament is ΒΙΒΛΟΣ. It has 6 letters.
The first word (בראשית) in the Old Testament (Genesis 1:1) in Hebrew has 6 letters.
ΒΙΒΛΟΣ has a total numeric value of 314, which is 2 x 157, and 157 is the 37th prime number.
Genesis 1:1 has many features of 37. (See the video “Genesis, Jesus and John: connecting the dots” for more on this.)
The third word
The third word in the Greek text of Matthew 1:1 is ΙΗΣΟΥ (Jesus). It has 5 letters.
The third word in Genesis 1:1 is אלהים (meaning: God). אלהים has 5 letters.
ΙΗΣΟΥ has a total numeric value of 688, which is 8 x 86.
The numeric value of אלהים in Genesis 1:1 is 86.
Three times, the New Testament says that it was Jesus who created everything (John 1:3 and Colossians 1:16 and Hebrews 1:2).
All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him.
... in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.×
Words 3 and 4
Words 3 and 4 in the Greek text of Matthew 1:1 are ΙΗΣΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ (meaning: Jesus Christ). The numeric value of the 2 words is 2368, and 2368 can be expressed as 8 x 8 x 37.
The 4th word
The fourth word in the Greek of Matthew 1:1 is ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ (meaning: Christ). The numeric value of ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ is 1680, which can be expressed as 3 x 7 x 8 x 10.
The total numeric value of Matthew 1:1 in Greek is 6279, which is divisible by 3 and by 7.
There are two main forms of the word for Christ in the Greek of the New Testament.
ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ, which is the 4th word in Matthew 1:1, has a numeric value of 1680, which can also be expressed as 3 x 7 x 40 x 2. The other form is ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ which has a numeric value of 1480, which can be expressed as 37 x 40.
The number 40 is prominent, as it is throughout the Bible.
Words 5 and 7
The 5th and 7th words in Matthew 1:1 are both ΥΙΟΥ (meaning: son in Greek). ΥΙΟΥ has a numeric value of 880, which can be expressed as 22 x 40.
Words 6 and 8
The numeric value of word 6, ΔΑΥΕΙΔ (David) is 424, which can be expressed as 8 x 53. In Matthew 2:2 it speaks of Jesus being born “King of the Jews”. The word here for “King” is ΒΑΣΙΛΕΥΣ, which has a numeric value of 848, which is 2 x 8 x 53. David was king over Israel. He was a “type” of Jesus – the King.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΥΣ is the 462nd word in the Greek text of the New Testament, and 462 can be expressed as 66 x 7.
The 8th word is ΑΒΡΑΑΜ (Abraham), which has a numeric value of 145, which is 5 x 29, and 29 is the 10th prime number.
The second word
Word two in Matthew 1:1 is ΓΕΝΕΣΕΩΣ (meaning: genealogy). The numeric value of ΓΕΝΕΣΕΩΣ is 1268, which is 2 x 2 x 317, and 317 is the 66th prime number.
There are 66 books in the Bible – the complete revelation of God.
The 66th book in the Bible is the book of Revelation, which is about the end of the age.
The 66th chapter of Isaiah is about the new heavens and the new earth.
The 66th word in the Bible is את – the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet – and Jesus said that He is the alpha and omega – the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.
In Matthew 1:23 is the word ΕΜΜΑΝΟΥΗΛ (Emmanuel: God with us). ΕΜΜΑΝΟΥΗΛ is the 396th word in the Greek text of the New Testament, and 396 can be expressed as 66 x 6.
The total numeric value of the first 17 verses in Matthew (the genealogy of Jesus) is 128,362 which can be expressed as 26 x 4937. The four letter Hebrew word יהוה, which represents the name of the LORD in Hebrew, has a numeric value of 26. The other divisor, 4937, is the 660th prime number, and 660 can be expressed as 66 x 10.
66 can also be expressed as 22 x 3.
The New Testament words for God (ΘΕΟΥ) and holy (ΑΓΙΟΥ) and behold (ΙΔΟΥ) each have a numeric value of 484, and 484 can be expressed as 22 x 22.
The first occurrence of the word “God” in the form ΘΕΟΥ is in Matthew 3:16, the passage about the baptism of Jesus and the Spirit of God descending on Him as a dove. The phrase “the Spirit of God” in the Greek is ΤΟ ΠΝΕΥΜΑ ΤΟΥ ΘΕΟΥ. It has a total numeric value of 2200, which can be expressed as 22 x 10 x 10.
The Greek word for God (ΘΕΟΥ) in this passage is the 1203rd word in the New Testament, and 1203 is 3 x 401, and 401 is the numeric value of the untranslatable Hebrew word את, the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet and the word that is a hint of Jesus (the alpha and omega). את is the middle word in Genesis 1:1.
Life in the LORD
The Hebrew word for life is חי, and the numeric value of חי is 18. For this reason, the number 18 is considered to be highly significant in Jewish thought. (The New Testament is a book written by Jews about the Jewish Messiah.)
The New Testament declares Jesus to be the risen LORD.
The Greek word ΚΥΡΙΟΥ means Lord. The numeric value of ΚΥΡΙΟΥ is 1000, which is 10 x 10 x 10.
The first occurrence of the word ΚΥΡΙΟΥ in the New Testament is in Matthew 1:20, and it is the 324th word in the Greek text. The number 324 can be expressed as 18 x 18.
Genesis 1:1 in Hebrew is: בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ.
Seven words. The mid-word is את and there are three words on each side of את.
There are 2 words to the left of the mid-word, and they have 3 letters and 5 letters – a total of 8. There are 2 words to the right of the mid-word, and they have 5 letters and 3 letters – a total of 8.
This means that there are 18 letters in the middle 5 words in Genesis 1:1. The 2 outside words, bracketing the middle 5, have a total of 10 letters.
There are 28 letters in total in the 7 words in Genesis 1:1 in Hebrew.
In Matthew 1:1 in Greek there are 8 words, with a total of 46 letters. This means that there are 18 more letters in Matthew 1:1 than in Genesis 1:1.
The New Testament reveals that we have eternal life in the Messiah – Jesus.
There are 8 Greek words in Matthew 1:1 and they have the following letter count:
- Word 1 ... 6 letters
- Word 2 ... 8 letters
- Word 3 ... 5 letters
- Word 4 ... 7 letters
- Word 5 ... 4 letters
- Word 6 ... 6 letters
- Word 7 ... 4 letters
- Word 8 ... 6 letters
There are 10 ways of combining the letter count of 3 different words and coming up with a total of 18 letters each time.
- Words 1, 2 and 5
- Words 1, 2 and 7
- Words 1, 3 and 4
- Words 1, 6 and 8
- Words 2, 5 and 6
- Words 2, 5 and 8
- Words 2, 6 and 7
- Words 2, 7 and 8
- Words 3, 4 and 6
- Words 3, 4 and 8
In Matthew 17:9 Jesus instructs disciples to tell no one about their experience until the Son of Man “has risen from the dead”. In the Greek text, the phrase is ΕΚ ΝΕΚΡΩΝ ΑΝΑΣΤΗΙ. It has a numeric value of 1620, which is 18 x 18 x 5. The number 18 speaks of life, and life everlasting.
In Matthew 3:16 it says that when Jesus was baptised He “went up” from the water. The Greek word is ΑΝΕΒΗ. The numeric value of ΑΝΕΒΗ is 66, and ΑΝΕΒΗ is the 1188th word in the Greek text of the New Testament. It is interesting to see that 1188 pictures 18 inside 18. Our life inside Him, we might say, or His life in us. Also, 1188 can be expressed as 18 x 66.
The 66th verse in the New Testament is Matthew 4:1, the passage about Jesus being led “by the Spirit” into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil for 40 days and 40 nights.
The passage in the original Greek text starts with the word ΤΟΤΕ (meaning: then) and ends with the word ΥΣΤΕΡΟΝ (meaning: afterward), where the scene changes.
ΤΟΤΕ has a numeric value of 675, which is 3 x 5 x 3 x 5 x 3. ΥΣΤΕΡΟΝ has a numeric value of 1125, which is 5 x 3 x 5 x 3 x 5.
ΤΟΤΕ is the 1227th word in the New Testament Greek, and 1227 can be expressed as 3 x 409, and 409 is the 80th prime number (80 = 2 x 40).
ΥΣΤΕΡΟΝ is the 1248th word in the New Testament Greek, and 1248 can be expressed as 26 x 8 x 6.
The combined value of the two words (ΤΟΤΕ and ΥΣΤΕΡΟΝ) is 1800, which is 18 x 10 x 10.
In between the two words are 20 Greek words with a combined numeric value of 12,582 which is a number divisible by 18, and could also be expressed as 233 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 2.
The expression ΥΠΟ ΤΟΥ ΠΝΕΥΜΑΤΟΣ means “by the Spirit” (as in, Jesus was led up into the wilderness by the Spirit), has a numeric value of 2466, which is 18 x 137.
The word ΑΝΗΧΘΗ (meaning: “was led up”) has a numeric value of 676, which is 26 x 26.
There is much more that could be said about this passage and, indeed, about all the text of Matthew.
These few examples are presented to demonstrate that there is a numeric structure to the Greek of the New Testament that may be examined around:
- word position
- word count
- letter count
- numeric value, of words, phrases and passages.
and will be found significant in the factors, especially, but not exclusively, in prime numbers, and will be related to patterns in the Old Testament, especially the pattern in Genesis 1:1.