The names in the following diagram are those of the twelve tribes of Israel, and the four divisions of Levi. They, together with the manner in which they are arranged, derive directly from the divine directions found in the early chapters of Numbers - the fourth Book of the Torah, and of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures. The numbers associated with these names are their 'characteristic values' (hereafter, CVs) - each representing the sum of their constituent letters read as numerals according to the Hebrew scheme of alphabetic numeration introduced c.200 BC*.

[A discussion concerning these names may be found here, and details of their conversions to numbers, here]

* An ancient procedure known as 'gematria' - it being believed by some that, complementing the associated words, additional information lies hidden in these numbers.

A number of regular summations within this structure reveal some interesting facts - these, summarised in the following table:

Observe the following:

• The dominance of 37 as highest prime factor in these proceedings - and, significantly, unique as a number per se

• The sum of the complete matrix (i.e. C4.) is 5476 (= 74 squared), or 4 x 37 squared, thus:

• The sum of the 'north-south' tribes (i.e. C1.) is 2812, or 4 x 703, or 4 x 37th triangular number, thus:

• Likewise, the sum of the 'east-west' tribes (i.e. C2.) is 2664, or 4 x 666, or 4 x 36th triangular number - as depicted above

Clearly, these are remarkable 'coincidences' - but there are more to follow!

• At Figure 5(a), we have a reduced representation of Figure 4; rotating the top right-hand quadrant counter-clockwise through 90 degrees and the bottom left-hand quadrant clockwise through 90 degrees, we arrive at Figure 5(b) and, discarding the lower righthand half of the structure, Figure 5(c), a pattern familiar to readers of these pages appears, viz. of Genesis 1:1 (represented by "...and the earth" hemmed in by a trio of 666-as-triangle)! [Further details may be found here, at 'Feature 6']

In an alternative manipulation of the quadrants, a representation of Genesis 1:1 as a hexagon is derived (Figure 6):

And what of the other divisions of the original matrix?

• Clearly, criteria C3. and C5. are complementary and total 5476, or 74 x 74. And because both 1776 and 3700 are multiples of 74, each finds representation as a rectangle in the following diagram:

To develop the complete picture offered by these data we reintroduce the earlier matrix division and superimpose its upper half on Figure 7, thus:

• The principal outcome of this maneouvre: 2368 - the CV of 'Jesus Christ' as evaluated from the Greek of both Septuagint and New Testament (the details may be found here), thus:

• Further observe that 481 is the sum of 86 and 395 - the CVs of Hebrew words 3 and 5 of Genesis 1:1, translated 'God' and 'heaven', respectively

Additional considerations relating to the arguments which have led to these conclusions may be found here and here.

Stephen Coneglan BA

Vernon Jenkins MSc

2010-04-24