Update: 20th February 2008

GEMATRIA
BY
FREDERICK BLIGH BOND, F.R.I.B.A
AND
THOMAS SIMCOX LEA, D.D.

ANNOTATED AND TRANSCRIBED BY
PETER WAKEFIELD SAULT

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PREFACE.

By recovering the Key of the Knowledge (St.Luke xi. 52), and the Mysteries of the Faith (I. Cor. xiii. 2) the Church would greatly increase the strength of her appeal to the thinking man. The authors believe that the Key may be recovered, and the subject-matter of their work already tends to shew that the Apostolic Church possessed a real GNOSIS which made the Faith a great reality and joy to the intelligence, and gave an insight into the nature of the Spiritual powers that were exercised. The Gospel narrative, in its simplicity, is the pure milk of the Word. Christianity was a re-birth of religion (Heb. i. I, 2) and was preached as to children in the Faith. But that there was reserved for those who had progressed, a more inward revelation, there can indeed be no doubt. And the discovery in the Gematria of the Greek Scriptures of indubitable traces of a coherent and consistent teaching in harmony with the exoteric expression of the Christian dogma and forming a definite link between the theology of the Sacred Books and that wonderful scheme of imagery and symbolism of an architectural or geometrical nature with which the Gnostic Books abound, and which is so evident in scripture, gives point to that outstanding fact in the story of the life of Jesus, that He was trained as a


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Carpenter or Builder (TEKTWN), and suggests that behind this natural and outward fact there lies a mystery, namely that He, in His Divine Personality, was the Builder of the Aeons (Heb. i. 2) and that the knowledge which He gave His Church was the knowledge of those principles by which the worlds were made (Heb. xi. 3).

It should be understood that the authors are fully aware of the immensity and the difficulty of the task that lies ahead in the interpretation of the Teaching discovered, and are conscious of the limitation of their efforts. More research will have to be undertaken, but in the meantime it may be explained that part of the further investigation must be into the meaning of such passages as those in which St. Paul mentions “unspeakable words which it is not lawful (or not possible) for man to utter”, and where St. John is bidden to seal up that which the seven thunders uttered. And it is just possible that this revelation has been reserved for these great times in which the Church now struggles to proclaim the Faith.


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