This article translates the first verses of Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1, into Hebrew and Greek numeric values, then uses a single formula on both to get good approximations for e and pi, each times large multiples of ten.
In the Hebrew and Greek languages, each letter had a numeric value, as shown on the next page.
Here is Genesis 1:1 written in Hebrew. It is written from right to left.
בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ
Now consider this expression: (number of letters)(product of letters) / (number of words)(product of words) ≈ 3.141554508×10^17(approximation of πtimes a power of 10) The absolute error is less than 0.00004
Here is John1:1 written in Greek. It is written from left to right.
Εν αρχηι ην ο λογος και ο λογος ην προς τον θεον, και θεος ην ο λογος
Now consider the same expression used in Genesis: ...≈ 2.718312812×10^40(approximation of e times a power of 10) The absolute error is less than 0.00004.
Numerology has obviously been considered; the interesting parts are the constraints:
- use of the same formula
- use of the opening verse in each instance
and the accuracy achieved.
How likely is this to happen with random text? How much does the multiple of ten caveat arbitrate these findings? Are these examples in any way exceptional?
Reluctantly I am adding the disclaimer (that I hoped would both be a given and irrelevant) that I am not on a mission to prove Divine Intent; even if the odds of this happening are faithfully interpreted as extremely low, they will not be lower than the odds that a deity bestowed Pi and Euler's number into an ancient book.