This is an extract from a new paper I'm writing. Please consult "The Gematria Substrate" before reading. Thank you.
I present evidence that the creation myth of Genesis was founded upon an alphabetic framework that corresponds to the letter attributions of the Seven Palaces, and I discuss how this accounts for the repetition and lack of linearity in chapters 1 & 2. Naturally this inevitably debunks the documentary hypothesis, which is something I touch upon in the subsequent discussion.
The Palace of the Beth (2)
בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ
והארץ היתה תהו ובהו וחשך על פני תהום ורוח אלהים מרחפת על פני המים
The letter Beth is attributed to the Seventh Palace, and its pictographs are representative of a house or tent. As a prefix it carries the meaning ‘in’ or ‘inside’. In Genesis it is the first letter of the book and the first letter Elohim uses to begin creation. It is here that God sits on his heavenly throne made of the wings of the cherubs to rule over all his creation. According to Hurowitz’s reading of the Book of Chronicles, this cherub throne is a model of the Merkavah . Indeed, the Seven Palaces may be appreciated figuratively as the great Wheel of his Chariot, as well as the architectural plans for EL/YHVH’s First Temple. Here at the very top is God, and at the very bottom is the earth.
The location of EL on high is attested in Ugaritic and Mesopotamian cultures. There is no word for EL in Akkadian, but there are many Akkadian words beginning with EL that mean 'high, above, over'. According to the Baal cycle, El’s abode was high up on the mountain of Lel.
The palace of the Beth is atop a path comprised of the Gimel, the Heh and the Zayin and this corresponds with the Holy of Holies which is itself atop the Palace of the Resh. The gate Heh-Resh spells out the word ‘mountain’, and in Exodus 3.1 the mountain of Elohim is identified as Horeb חרבה which has a gematria of 215. If we add the value of the Beth to this we have the value of the gate of the Holy of Holies; ב+ג+ה+ז+ר=217, which is 31 x 7, and replicates the value of the seven palaces; ב+א+א+ר+ד+ד+ה=217, thus creating a numerical expression that underlies everything is created by God. 31 is the value of אל EL, which is given by adding the Beth to its nearest neighboring paths; ב+ח+ו+ג+ה+ז=31.
The first word of Genesis ‘Brashith’ [In the beginning] has the gematria of 220, which is 2 x 10 + 2 x 100 (the value of Beth multiplied) and when divided by 7 this results in an approximation of pi. In the first sentence there are seven letters and a gematria of 700 from: בראשית+אלהים+השמים+הארץ. There are 21 words, corresponding to the 21 paths and palaces of the diagram, and 80 letters in the verses of the palaces of the Beth.
The second phrase of interest is “And the earth was formless and void” which yields a gematria of 360 from: ובהו + תהו + היתה + והארץ. There are 360 degrees in a circle, which has no end and thus represents the infinite nature of deity, and yet a circle has 2 sides (inside and outside) which corresponds with the value of the Beth. Aleister Crowley, who was well acquainted with biblical gematria and the seven palaces, probably coined the phrase “0=2” after studying this verse of Genesis.
It may be that the plurality of the name Elohim comes from the value of the Beth as two. The essence of this duality is split into two to make the palaces of the alephs in the next step of creation which makes light and dark, day and night possible, but here in their unified formlessness there is only unrelieved darkness and the potential for light. Numerically this is expressed by the phrase “and darkness on the face of the deep”. The value of וחשך “and darkness” is part of פני תתהום “face of the deep” and only when it is removed and אור “light” is added (in the verses of the aleph) are the 365 days created that comprise 1 year, corresponding to the value of the aleph (1).
The Holy of Holies which housed the Ark of Testimony in the First Temple had no lamps or windows to illuminate it. Solomon declared "the Lord decided to dwell in thick darkness'. This lack of illumination is echoed by statements in Mesopotamian texts describing Temples as dark inside and also making a direct association with a mountain. In the Hymn to Ekur from the Temple of Enlil in Nippur:
The House of Enlil – it is a mountain great.
The House of Ninlil – it is a mountain great.
The House of Darkness – it is a mountain great.
The house which knows no light – it is a mountain great.
The last phrase of the verses attributed to the Beth is “and the spirit Elohim moved on the face of the waters. The value of 233, which is the gate value of the Palace of Beth, is given by פני המים (235) – 2 because the spirit Elohim is the letter Beth.
The word על is mathematical notation that means one value is part of another one and should be subtracted, which is why “and darkness” is to be subtracted from the face of the deep in Gen 1:3 and why we subtract Beth (2) from “face of the waters” (235).