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Scribal methods?

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04.06.2021

Hello. I’m an author/researcher that writes about Gematria, the Merkabah and the birth of the Alphabet. My books are ‘Chariot’, ‘The Genesis Wheel’ and my latest work: ‘Behold! : The Art and Practice of Gematria.

There are some wild ideas that run around biblical studies these days – ideas that are ungrounded by the principle:

The best exegesis of a text flows from methods actually used by it’s writer.[1]

The best exegesis of a text flows from methods actually used by it’s writer.[1]

This axiom is at the absolute core of biblical studies, but its true that academics have had considerable trouble understanding ancient hebrew scribal methods, and not in small part due to genuine biblical ciphers being things that are largely unknown. The Talmud gives us an idea of gematria, notariqon and temurah, but it also forbids discussion of the Merkabah, and by implication, discussion of the scribal methods and ciphers of biblical authors. This has led scholars to look outside of the cultural context of ancient Israel to neighbouring Assyria and Babylon for an idea of how Hebrew scribes may have practiced their arts.

So long as we lack Hebrew commentaries contemporary with and proximate to the biblical writers, it seems reasonable to consider........

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