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**#3 The gematria number value of ELOHIM is
50**

Both the inner Tree of Life and the set of five Platonic solids are mathematical
*wholes*, i.e., *analogous, holistic systems,* because, together with the separate root edge
(whose two ends count formally as corners), the seven separate, regular polygons in the former have
**50** corners, whilst the five regular polyhedra have **50** vertices. This
demonstrates how the gematria number value **50** of the Godname ELOHIM of Binah (Table 1), the Sephirah that expresses in skeletal outline the formative aspect of
the Tree of Life and all its sacred-geometrical counterparts, measures the *form* of the inner Tree
of Life and its regular polyhedral counterpart. Standards works on gematria* list the number of ELOHIM as 86
because their authors follow blindly the rule that the gematria number value of a Hebrew word is always the sum
of its letter values, even when it contains one of the five final letters, as in the case of ELOHIM. Generally
speaking, this is, indeed, the case. However, being a Godname, ELOHIM is a highly significant exception because
the value 40 of the letter mem has to be further contracted to 4. This error has been repeated over many
generations by students of gematria because they have not known that the number values of the Sephiroth, their
Godnames, etc have a *geometrical* basis that is determined by the tetractys. So they have had no
way of realizing that the gematria number value of the Hebrew word "ELOHIM" (אלהים) has to be calculated by permitting
the possibility of this contraction in order to be consistent with what the underlying geometry reveals. For
those who may be still sceptical about the need for this, "the proof of the pudding is in its eating" and they
need to eat much of it before hastily rejecting the possibility. Over 20 years of research by the author have
confirmed that the number value of ELOHIM really *is* **50** and not 86. Indeed,
the case of the five regular polyhedra is a remarkable illustration of the mathematical archetype embodied in
this Godname at work in quantifying their forms (and — no — this is *not* a circular argument, for
the author's claim that the correct number is **50** is based upon not solely this particular
connotation vis-à-vis the Platonic solids but *numerous* other cases where the archetypal number
manifests in the global, mathematical properties of holistic systems, e.g., the **50** corners
of the seven separate polygons and the root edge, the **50** yods per overlapping Tree of Life
when all the triangles in the Trees become tetractyses, the **50** corners of the first (6+6)
enfolded polygons, etc). Other examples are discussed in the PDF entitled "Mathematical meanings of the Names of
God (Part 1)" (download here).

* For example, *Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia*, 3rd ed. (Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, Minnesota,
USA, 1999), p. 99.

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