The evaluation of 'pi' from within Genesis 1:1

A simple procedure involving the letters and words of the first verse of the Hebrew Bible generates a large number - the first 5 digits of which accurately match the first 5 of the fundamental constant p. The same procedure applied to the Greek letters and words of the related verse, John 1:1, generates an even larger number of which the first 5 digits accurately match the first 5 of the fundamental constant e.

Here is the essential calculation as it relates to the first of these:

The details follow.

The first verse of the Hebrew Scriptures reads (right to left) thus:

There are 7 words comprising a total of 28 letters. Since c200 BC each letter has also functioned as a numeral. The values so assigned are written above each letter. Each string of letters (the words, in this case) represents a number obtained by summing the letter values. These 7 results are recorded in blue on the bottom line. Their sum - the verse characteristic value - is 2701.

Detail of the Letter-Products

We now proceed, word by word, to determine the product of the letter values:

[Observe here the use of the up-arrow sign ' ^ ' to indicate "to the power of"]


Clearly, if these seven products are multiplied together we obtain the desired result, viz 2^15 x 3^6 x 10^27, or - since each of the exponents is a multiple of 3,

(2^5 x 3^2 x 10^9)^3, or 2.3887872 x 10^34


Detail of the Word-Products

This matter is more straightforward:

Vernon Jenkins MSc



The author is grateful to Craig Paardekooper (who first drew attention to the phenomenon) and to Peter Bluer for the helpful suggestion that led to the final elegant expression of the basic formula, viz (Product of Letters x No of Letters) / (Product of Words x No of Words).