The first five books of the Bible (the books of Moses) are known as the Torah. In Hebrew the work Torah is represented by the consonants . Hebrew is read right from left, so the letters are equivalent to the English letters “TORH.”
In the Hebrew text of the book of Genesis, if you take the first (“T”), then count 49 letters, the next letter (the 50th) is (“O”); the next 50th is (“R”); and then the next 50th is (“H”). In other words, after the first “T”, in 50 letter increments, we find the letters spelling “Torah.”
TORAH in Genesis
(Hebrew is read from right to left)
Interval of 50
In the book of Exodus, we encounter the same result. What a coincidence! (Jewish rabbis insist that “coincidence” is not a kosher word!)
However, it doesn’t seem to work with the third book of Moses, Leviticus. But stay tuned.
In the fourth book of the Torah, the book of Numbers, we discover this 49 letter interval works with “HROT,” that is, TORH backwards. (See Figure 2)
Backwards TORAH in Numbers
Interval of -50
A similar 49 letter interval also appears in the fifth book the Torah, the book of Deuteronomy. However, in the book of Deuteronomy the interval starts in the fifth verse instead of the first. Why the fifth verse? According to the Talmud the book of Deuteronomy doesn’t begin until the fifth verse where it states “On the other side of the Jordan, in the land of Moab, Moses undertook to expound the Torah…”1
Yahweh in Leviticus
Interval of Seven
In the middle book, the book of Leviticus, it doesn’t seem to work either way. But it does work for YHWH, the sacred name of God (“Yahweh” or “Jehovah,” translated “LORD” in the King James Version), if you count in seven letter increments. (See Figure 3.)
It appears that the Torah (TORH) always points toward the Name of God.
Here is the overview:
Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy
TORH TORH YHWH HROT HROT
This may just be another hint that there is much more hidden in the structure of the text itself than we have ever dreamed. Clearly, there is much more to this than first meets the eye of the casual observer.
The use of seven with the name of God shouldn’t surprise us, with Sabbaths of days, weeks, months, and years, and the many other heptadic2 structures throughout the Bible.3 But why the intervals of 50?
According to mathematician Daniel Michaelson:
“The number 50 has several important meanings in Judaism. Every fiftieth year is a jubilee year; the Torah was given 50 days after the Exodus from Egypt, and there are 50 gates of wisdom.”4
Professor Michaelson continues:
“At this point, a skeptical reader would exclaim that the whole system is nothing but a coincidence… ‘I’m sure,’ this skeptic would continue, ‘you would be able to find such words and systems in any book.’”
In his article, Codes in the Torah, professor Michaelson addresses in detail the mathematical probability of these Torah codes and concludes that “the probability of such a coincidence is about one in three million!”
1 Daniel Michaelson, B’OR Ha Torah, Codes in the Torah, Number 6, 1987 English version. To order call Jerusalem, Israel 02-223703 or write “Shamir” B’OR Ha Torah, P.O. box 5749 Jerusalem Israel.
2 Relating to the number seven.
3 R. McCormack, The Heptadic Structure of Scripture, Marshall Bros. Ltd., London, 1923.
4 Daniel Michaelson, B’OR Ha Torah, Codes in the Torah, Number 6, 1987, p.10. English version. B’OR Ha Torah, P.O. box 5749 Jerusalem Israel.