THE BREASTPLATE OF THE HIGH PRIEST
Aaron B Cohen, BA
The breastplate,
the first mentioned and seemingly most significant of the holy garments worn by
the High Priest of the Levitical priesthood, was a remarkable and beautiful
adornment. It was finely crafted in brightly coloured threads of gold, blue,
purple and scarlet and fine twined, bleached linen, having twelve precious
gemstones set in gold filigree, and bearing the engraved names of the twelve
tribes of
It was a perfect
square, a span in length and a span in breadth (circa 9 x 9 inches), the
material being doubled (i.e. the material originally being circa 9 x 18 inches)
to form a pouch in which the Urim and Thummin were kept. So it was both
decorative and with purpose. But its purpose is much more than we read in the
text for hidden beneath this object of great value and beauty is a mathematical
matrix of equal magnificence and ingenuity, defying the laws of probability or
chance occurrence. Let there be no doubt that the same perfect design and
precision that lay behind the making of the breastplate also went into the
construction of this mathematical object, made not of man but by the divine
inspiration of God.
Lists of the
twelve tribes of
The breastplate
is described as having four rows of three and, therefore, the logical list of
the twelve names of the tribes on the breastplate, not in the order of their
camps but in the order of the birth of their forebears in accordance with the
making of the ephod (Exodus 28:15:‘And thou shalt make the breastplate of
judgment with cunning work; after the
work of the ephod thou shalt make it ...’ and Exodus 28:10: ‘Six of their
names on one stone, and the other six names of the rest on the other stone, according to their birth’.), and also
in the order of the first appearance of their names in the Bible, is as
follows, reading from right to left as with written Hebrew.
TRIBAL NAMES ON THE BREASTPLATE

SIMEON 
REUBEN 
GAD 
NAPTHALI 
DAN 
ZEBULUN 
ISSACHAR 
ASHER 
EPHRAIM 
MANASSEH 
BENJAMIN 
By transposing
the gematria or numerical value of the names (each letter of the Hebrew
alphabet has a corresponding numerical value) we obtain the numerical matrix
below.
30 
466 
259 
7 
570 
54 
95 
830 
501 
331 
395 
162 
Let us now
consider the mathematics:
The total sum of
all twelve name values is 3700. Bear in mind that the breastplate was a perfect
square and this figure is equal to the perfect square of 10 times 37. Ten is
associated with the Ten Commandments and also with the dimensions of the Holy
of Holies which measured 10 x 10 x 10 cubits. The significance of 10 then can
be said to be one of Holiness. But of much greater interest is the highest
prime factor of 3700, the number 37, for this is the most sublime of all
numbers, the number of God. Much could be said here about the number 37 but in
order not to digress too far from the purpose of this article this discussion
is limited to the more salient points. The number 37 can be said to represent
the ‘key to wisdom’. Why the ‘key to wisdom’? Well, if it is a key it means it
can be turned or used to open something. When 37 is
‘turned’ it becomes 73, which is the exact numerical value of the Hebrew word chokmah,
which means wisdom. The gematria of the very first verse of the Holy Bible, Genesis
1:1 ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.’ is equal to 37 x
73. This verse is the key to wisdom if we accept that in the beginning God
really did create the heaven and the earth and that what follows this verse is
truth. Interestingly, the product of the digits of these two prime factors of
the Genesis 1:1 verse total 2701, i.e. 3 x 7 x 7 x 3, is equal to 441, the
gematria of emeth, the Hebrew word for truth. Can it be coincidence that
the highest prime factor of 2701 is 73, the value of wisdom and that the
highest prime factor of its reflection, 1072, is 67, the value of binah
which means understanding? Thus we are taught from this very first verse that
wisdom comes through reading through the Holy Bible but true understanding only
comes when we go back over it, by studying and reflecting or meditating upon
the word. The number 37 is a concatenation of the digits 3 and 7, represented
respectively in the Hebrew numbering system by the letters gimmel and zayin.
Is it again coincidence that the gematria value of the word gimmel
is 73, the value of chokmah or wisdom, and that of zayin is 67 the gematria
of binah
or understanding? I must reiterate that here we are talking about the very
first verse of the Holy Bible, 1 of a total of 31,102.
And is it yet
again coincidence that the following names or titles in Greek gematria of
Jesus, Christ, Godhead (Theotes), Son of Man, and of course Jesus Christ by
amalgamation, exhibit numerical values which are all multiples of 37? The
highest prime factor, in other words the highest number that itself
cannot be further divided but itself divides the number, of all these name
values is 37! We have already reached the realms of incalculable improbability
but these few facts concerning 37 are just the tip of one gigantic iceberg.
Hidden in and beneath the text of the Holy Bible is a wealth of treasure
waiting to be discovered by those who would seek it. This is where real
enlightenment comes.
There exists
much rabbinic argument as to exactly which tribes were engraved on the
breastplate and in which order but the truth is contained in the mathematics.
The figure 3700, the matrix total, is the exact value of the Greek words spoken
by the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:25: ‘Messias cometh, which is called
Christ’. Complimentary to this theme is the fact that the Hebrew word khoshen,
translated as ‘breastplate’ (or ‘breastpiece’ in some bibles) but more probably
meaning ‘pocket’ or ‘bag’ and used only in connection with this covering on the
breast of the High Priest, has exactly the same numerical value as the Hebrew
word Moshiach
meaning Messiah. Thus the breastplate may also be regarded as a spiritual
proclamation of the coming Messiah, of extreme relevance and significance in
relationship to the mathematics of this particular matrix.
If we consider
the matrix as a checkerboard, there is perfect mathematical symmetry in that
the sum of the figures on the black squares is exactly equal to the sum of the
figures on the white squares.
30 
466466 
259 
7777 
570 
54 
95 
83830 
501 
331 
395 
162 
259 
+ 30 
+ 570 
+ 501 
+ 95 
+ 395 
= 
1850 
466 
+ 54 
+ 7 
+ 830 
+ 162 
+ 331 
= 
1850 
It has been
stated that the sum of the whole matrix is 3,700 or 10 squared times its
highest prime factor 37. On the basis that multiples of 37 only occur every 37^{th} number we should not expect any
of the twelve figures themselves to divide by 37 since 12/37 only gives a
probability of 0.324. However, there is one which does and this is the very
first figure 259, the gematria or numerical value of Reuben, the first born.
The number 259 is equal to 7 x 37.
By pairing
values together, the are sixtysix different
combinations or possibilities and, in a random set of twelve numbers we would
only expect 66/37, a probability of 1.783, occurrences of pair combinations
that are divisible by 37. There are actually four pair combinations that are
exact multiples of 37, more than double what might be expected from a random
set. However, the really striking and amazing thing is that the figures in each
pair are not scattered on the matrix as again one might expect but are all
adjacent to one another. This is quite incredible. We can see on the matrix how
these single or paired figures which are multiples of 37 fit together like a
jigsaw, making a perfect square of 3 x 3 cells.
30 
466 
259 
7 
570 
54 
95 
830 
501 



259 = 7 x 37
466 + 570 = 1036 = 28 x 37
30 + 7 = 1 x 37
54 + 501 = 555
= 15 x 37
830 +
95 = 925 = 25 x 37
Only the bottom
or fourth row is not touched by a single figure or paired combination which is
a multiple of the enigmatic 37. The row total is 888, the exact numerical value of JESUS in Greek gematria.









331 
395 
162 
162 + 395 + 331 = 888 = 24 x 37
This fourth row
begins with the name Benjamin which
means ‘Son of my right hand’, an
extraordinary and beautiful touch.
Numbers
In every single
instance of the possible combinations of 1, 2, 3, … and so on up to 12 numbers
there is an abundance of occurrences of multiples of 37 above the expected rate
in each group. This is a really quite remarkable feature even in factor
analyses where there exists an overall abundance of the factor in question. The
sum of all the possible combinations that divide exactly by 37 is 236800 or 10
squared (a numerical symbol of holiness) times 2368, the gematria of JESUS CHRIST in the Greek. Just to
recap on this: the whole matrix is 10 squared times its highest prime factor
37, and the sum of all the combinations which are multiples of its highest
prime factor is 10 squared times 2368 JESUS CHRIST, the latter figure being equal to 8 squared times
37. The 10 squared or 100^{th} figure in table
1 below is 2368!
Jesus said ‘I am
the first and the last’ a theme which pervades Bible numerics, the breastplate
matrix being no exception. Summing the logical first combination value in each
of the 12 groups, and again summing the last combination in each group, the
difference of these totals is 2368,
the exact gematria of JESUS CHRIST.
The last figure in group 7 is 2368.
There are in all
127 combinations of multiples of 37 and 127 is the gematria of ‘KING OF GLORY’ in Hebrew. Some of these
combination values are repeated as can be seen in the list of these in
ascending order (table 2). Is it a coincidence that 37 squared (1369) occurs
only once and this is the 37^{th} in the series? Or that 2368 (Jesus
Christ) occurs only once and this is the 91^{st}? The Hebrew words
Adonai YHWH (Lord GOD or Jehovah), HaElohim (GOD) and Amen each compute to 91,
the 13^{th} triangular number. In Deuteronomy 6:4 ‘Hear, O Israel: The
LORD our God is one LORD:’, the Hebrew word ‘echad’ meaning one
computes to 13. The number 91 therefore incorporates the idea of the Trinity.
The Greek gematria of Jesus 888, this number being one digit repeated three
times, also conveys this idea albeit in a different manner. There are three
occurrences of 888, which occur at positions 12, 13, and 14 in the list. The
sum of these is 39, the value of ‘one
LORD’ in the Shema, i.e. the verse above. The positions of the two
occurrences of 925, Jesus Christ, are 15 and 16, which total 31, the Hebrew
gematria of El (GOD).
The ordinal
positions of the seven tribal names on the matrix which constitute 2368, Jesus
Christ, sum to 61, the value of ‘I AM’
in Hebrew. These names form a contiguous block, which breaks down into two
smaller contiguous blocks having the values 1480 CHRIST
and 888 JESUS.





54 
95 
830 
501 
331 
395 
162 
The alternate
addition/subtraction of each of the seven name values results in 386, the
Hebrew value of YESHUA or Jesus.
When the seven name values are each reversed and then added the resultant
figure is 1234 which is the gematria of the Hebrew words ‘THE MESSIAH OF ISRAEL’. The digit sum of the
numbers constituting Jesus Christ sum to 73, the value of WISDOM. The last definition of Wisdom given in Chambers 20^{th}
Century Dictionary, 1977, is Jesus Christ. Embedded in the ‘Jesus Christ’
(2368) block is another contiguous block 925 (830 + 95), the gematria of JESUS CHRIST in English and French. I
would be extremely indebted and very grateful if any reader whose mother tongue
is not English, French, Greek or Hebrew would be kind enough to forward their
alphabet, together with the spelling of Jesus Christ. I am particularly
interested in those languages where the names Jesus or Jesus Christ compute to
a multiple of 37 but those which do not are still of great importance. Thank
you.
SQUARES ON THE MATRIX:
Geometric and mathematical design showing a clear allusion to the deity of
Jesus Christ. The breastplate matrix of twelve cells allows a total of
20 different squares to be formed in 3 sizes as follows:
SIZE 
NUMBER OF SQUARES 
1 x 1 
12 
2 x 2 
6 
3 x 3 
2 
We should not
expect any of the totals of the values of these squares to be an exact multiple
of the highest prime factor of the matrix, 37, since 20/37 only gives a
probability of 0.54. However, there are altogether 3, there being one in each
of the possible sizes, i.e. uniform distribution.
1 x 1


259 









2 x 2
30 
466 

7 
570 







3 x 3
30 
466 
259 
7 
570 
54 
95 
830 
501 



SQUARE SIZE 
NUMBER OF CELLS 
CELL POSITIONS 
TOTAL OF NAME VALUES 
AVERAGE CELL VALUE 
1 x 1 
1 
1 
(7 x 37) 259 
259.00 
2 x 2 
4 
2,3,5,6 
(29 x 37) 1073 
268.25 
3 x 3 
9 
1  9 
(76 x 37) 2812 
312.44 
TOTAL 
14 

(112 x 37) 4144 
296.00 
With the obvious
exception of the first (1 x 1), the average cell value on each square is not a
whole integer. However, in the grand total of all 3 squares the average cell
value is an exact number, 296, the highest
common factor of the numerical values of JESUS (3 x 296) and of CHRIST
(5 x 296) in the Greek. Attention is thus drawn to the total of all three as
opposed to individual square totals. This value 4144 is equal to 37 (the highest prime factor of the whole
matrix, and of 'JESUS' and of 'CHRIST') times 112, the exact numerical value of the Hebrew name JEHOVAHELOHIM, i.e. Lord GOD. At the same time it is also a
multiple of the value for the Greek word Theotes
meaning GODHEAD (7 x 592).
The table below
shows the number of times each individual cell is used in the formation of the three squares. It can be observed that
this operation breaks the breastplate matrix into three distinct contiguous blocks.
CELL USAGE 
CELL POSITIONS 
TOTAL CELL GEMATRIA VALUES 
NUMERICAL VALUE OF: 
0 
10,11,12 
888 
JESUS 
1 
4,7,8,9 
1480 
CHRIST 
2 
1,2,3,5,6 
1332 

TOTAL 

3700 
MESSIAS COMETH WHICH IS CALLED CHRIST 
The figure below
highlights the residual values when the name values are divided by 37, i.e. nv mod 37 = rv.
30 
22 
0 
7 
15 
17 
21 
16 
20 
35 
25 
14 
The sum of the
residual values of the names that make ‘Christ’ is 74; the value of Jesus
computed using the positional values of the letters in the English alphabet.
Likewise, the sum of the residual values of the names that make Jesus is also
74. The sum of these seven values is 148, the value of the Hebrew Pesach
or Passover. The first and the last values, 17 and 35, total 52, the value of Elakbaw,
a name meaning ‘God will hide’. This
figure is twice the value of YHWH.
The highly
improbable data, and there’s much more, contained in this matrix is nothing
less than astonishing, especially concerning the name of Jesus Christ.
When Aaron the
High Priest put on the breastplate he bore the names of the children of
The breastplate
of the Old Covenant was for making decisions. If you dear reader have not yet
made a decision for CHRIST you are
urged to do it now, before it is too late. JESUS
IS COMING SOON!
 The End 
This article
will be updated shortly with more information regarding the Breastplate of the
High Priest. Please bookmark for future reference.
Recommended
links:
An Oracle Restored by
http://homepage.virgin.net/vernon.jenkins/oracle.htm
The Gospel in the Stones by John Tng:
www.fivedoves.com/tng/gospelinstone.htm
Contact me: aaron_b_cohen_ba@yahoo.co.uk
Tables:
Table 1:
Breastplate
name value combinations, which are multiples of the highest prime factor of the
matrix (37) in group (number of elements) order and logic progression.
Group:
1 
259 








2 
1036 
37 
555 
925 





3 
1295 
296 
814 
1184 
851 
999 
888 


4 
1110 
1258 
1147 
1073 
1591 
777 
1961 
1369 
592 

962 
851 
962 
1480 
1628 




5 
1332 
1850 
1036 
2220 
1628 
851 
1221 
1110 
1221 

1739 
1887 
888 
1554 
1776 
2035 
1924 
1147 
1591 

925 
888 
1554 
1443 
2627 
1813 



6 
1147 
1813 
2035 
2294 
2183 
1406 
1850 
1184 
1147 

1813 
1702 
2886 
2072 
1628 
814 
1998 
1887 
2553 

2516 
1850 
2294 
1517 
1406 
1665 
1887 
2553 

7 
1887 
1073 
2257 
2146 
2812 
2775 
2109 
2553 
1776 

1665 
1924 
2146 
2812 
1813 
1961 
2479 
2590 
2479 

2849 
2072 
1480 
2664 
1850 
2368 



8 
2072 
2220 
2738 
2849 
2738 
3108 
2331 
1739 
2923 

2109 
2627 
2553 
2442 
2590 




9 
2812 
2701 
2489 
2516 
2886 
3404 
2405 


10 
2775 
3145 
3663 
2664 





11 
3441 








12 
3700 








Table 2:
Breastplate
name value combinations, which are multiples of the highest prime factor of the
matrix (37) in ascending numerical order.
37 
259 
296 
555 
592 
777 
814 
814 
851 
851 
851 
888 
888 
888 
925 
925 
962 
962 
999 
1036 
1036 
1073 
1073 
1110 
1110 
1147 
1147 
1147 
1147 
1184 
1184 
1221 
1221 
1258 
1295 
1332 
1369 
1406 
1406 
1443 
1480 
1480 
1517 
1554 
1554 
1591 
1591 
1628 
1628 
1628 
1665 
1665 
1702 
1739 
1739 
1776 
1776 
1813 
1813 
1813 
1813 
1850 
1850 
1850 
1850 
1887 
1887 
1887 
1887 
1924 
1924 
1961 
1961 
1998 
2035 
2035 
2072 
2072 
2072 
2109 
2109 
2146 
2146 
2183 
2220 
2220 
2257 
2294 
2294 
2331 
2368 
2405 
2442 
2479 
2479 
2516 
2516 
2553 
2553 
2553 
2553 
2590 
2590 
2627 
2627 
2664 
2664 
2701 
2738 
2738 
2775 
2775 
2812 
2812 
2812 
2849 
2849 
2849 
2886 
2886 
2923 
3108 
3145 
3404 
3441 
3663 
3700 





Ian Mallett discovered
the breastplate matrix in April 1997, copyright Palmoni Research. Rewritten by Aaron B Cohen, BA, November 2005, copyright FarIn XRay.
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