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

Here is the essential calculation:

The details follow.


Genesis 1:1 in the Hebrew

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

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:

[ Please note: The title 'Table 5' relates to its position in the page "The Arbiters of Truth"]

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.

This number may be alternatively expressed as 2.3887872 x 10^34


Detail of the Word-Products

This matter is more straightforward:

Vernon Jenkins MSc


Modified 2001-06-03 / 2001-06-09




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).