- A Kabbalistic method of interpreting Hebrew scriptures, based on numerical values of letters and words.
Etymology: Aramaic, from Ancient Greek (term, , , geometry, sc=polytonic, tr=geÅmetría).
- 1997, Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon:
- :Suppose a secret force of Jesuits, receives each Day a summary of Observations made at Greenwich, and transcalculates it according to a system known to the Kabbalists of the Second Century as Gematria, whereby Messages may be extracted from lines of Text sacred and otherwise, a Knowledge preserv"d by various Custodians over the centuries, and since the Last, possess"d by Jesuit and Freemason alike.
- 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 897:
- :each letter in this alphabet also has its own numerical value, what was known among ancient Jewish students of the Torah as "".
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