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Short description: Numerological study of the Christian Bible

Theomatics is a numerological study of the Hebrew/Aramaic and Greek text of the Christian Bible (see also Biblical numerology), based upon gematria and isopsephia, by which its proponents claim to show the direct intervention of God in the writing of Christian scripture.


The term "theomatics" was coined by Del Washburn in 1976 as a combination of "Θεός" ("God") and "mathematics". Washburn wrote three books about theomatics[1] and created a website[2] espousing the hypothesis.


An analysis and criticism of theomatics has been published by Tim Hayes, previously under the pseudonym "A. B. Leever".[3][4]

A German statistician, Kurt Fettelschoss, published an analysis[5] that claims that "The observed quantity of theomatic hits is significantly not random".[6] A response to the findings was posted by Tim Hayes.[7] A further statistical analysis in defense, of Mr. Hayes response, was provided by Mr. Fettelschoss. [6]

An analysis by Russell Glasser, entitled "Theomatics Debunked",[8] shows the same phenomenon in a secular text.

Washburn's website has a page entitled "Scientific Proof"[9] which discusses and responds to potential arguments against theomatics.


  1. The three books are:
    • Jerry Lucas and Del Washburn (1986). Theomatics: God's Best Kept Secret Revealed. Stein & Day Pub. ISBN 0-8128-6017-9. 
    • Del Washburn (1994). Theomatics II : God's Best-Kept Secret Revealed. Scarborough House. ISBN 0-8128-4023-2. 
    • Del Washburn (1994). The Original CODE in the BIBLE. Madison Books. ISBN 1-56833-115-0. 
  2. Del Washburn. "What is Theomatics?". http://www.theomatics.com/theomatics/whatis.html. Retrieved 2006-12-09. 
  3. Hayes, Tim. "ABLEEVER". http://www.ableever.net/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. ""I am Tim Hayes, "a believer" in Jesus Christ, whom I know and love."" 
  4. Hayes, Tim. "Theomatics". http://www.ableever.net/Apologetics/Theomatics/theomatics.html. Retrieved October 10, 2005. 
  5. Kurt Fettelschoss. "Table of Contents". Theomatics. http://www.theomatics.net/contents.html. Retrieved 2006-12-09. 
  6. Kurt Fettelschoss. "Cover letter". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20070928091625/http://theomatics.net/cover.html. Retrieved 2006-12-09. 
  7. Hayes, Tim. "Response to Fettelschoss". http://www.ableever.net/Apologetics/Theomatics/Theom-Lk15/Theom-Lk15-Response/theom-lk15-response.html. Retrieved 2006-12-09. 
  8. Russell Glasser. "Theomatics Debunked". Archived from the original on October 29, 2005. https://web.archive.org/web/20051029130554/http://www.apollowebworks.com/atheism/theomatics.html. Retrieved October 10, 2005. 
  9. el Washburn. "Scientific Proof of the Discovery". http://www.theomatics.com/theomatics/proof.html. Retrieved 2005-10-10. 

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