# Super number

Numbers can be fascinating.

Some people enjoy searching for some esoteric hidden meaning in numbers. Others just use number for what they were inventd for; to count things and calculate things. The things may be fascinating, the amount counted may be fascinating, and the calculation method may be fascinating, but for most people, the numbers themselves are nothing more than just numbers.

This page looks briefly at the former, where some people find hidden meaning in the numbers; and one number in particular, 888.

Where the ancient Hebrews used a system called *Gematria*, the Greeks used a similar system called *Isopsephy*. To each letter was assigned a number, as shown in the following table. They found this useful for learning arithmetic and geometry.

Today, numerologists discover what they believe to be 'truths' through the use of such tables.

Letter (upper & lower case) | Value | Name | Trans- literation | |
---|---|---|---|---|

Α α | 1 | Alpha | a | |

Β β | 2 | Beta | b | |

Γ γ | 3 | Gamma | g | |

Δ δ | 4 | Delta | d | |

Ε ε | 5 | Epsilon | e | |

Ϝ ϛ | 6 | Digamma (later Sigma) | w | |

Ζ ζ | 7 | Zeta | z | |

Η η | 8 | Eta | ē | |

Θ θ | 9 | Theta | th | |

Ι ι | 10 | Iota | i | |

Κ κ | 20 | Kappa | k | |

Λ λ | 30 | Lambda | l | |

Μ μ | 40 | Mu | m | |

Ν ν | 50 | Nu | n | |

Ξ ξ | 60 | Xi | x | |

Ο ο | 70 | Omicron | o | |

Π π | 80 | Pi | p | |

Ϙ | 90 | Koppa | q | |

Ρ ρ | 100 | Rho | r | |

Σ σ | 200 | Sigma | s | |

Τ τ | 300 | Tau | t | |

Υ υ | 400 | Upsilon | y | |

Φ φ | 500 | Phi | ph | |

Χ χ | 600 | Chi | ch | |

Ψ ψ | 700 | Psi | ps | |

Ω ω | 800 | Omega | ō | |

ϡ | 900 | Sampi | ts |

Thus Ἰησοῦς (employing the later substitute for digamma)* | |||

give us: | Ἰ | 10 | |

η | 8 | ||

σ | 200 | ||

ο | 70 | ||

ῦ | 400 | ||

ϛ | 200 | ||

888 | |||

* Numerology often needs a bit of latitude |