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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 skeletetal 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 it before drawing any hasty conclusion about the matter. Over 20 years of research
by the author have confirmed that the number value of ELOHIM really *is* **50** and not
86. Indeed, here in 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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