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Why do we call it Cepher?

Posted by Stephen Pidgeon on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Many have asked us why we call this book Cepher and not a Bible.  Actually, the name on the cover of this book is the את  Eth CEPHER, which has more meaning than we even intended.

PSHAT:  The word Cepher (in the Hebrew סֵפֶר samek-phe-resh) means properly, writing (the art or a document); by implication, a book:--bill, book, evidence, letter, register, or scroll.

REMEZ: However, this is not its only generation; the same configuration, סֵפֶר samek-phe-resh, yields another definition, meaning, properly, to score with a mark as a tally or record, i.e. (by implication) to inscribe, and also to enumerate; intensively, to recount, i.e. celebrate: to commune, to count or account; to declare, number, to reckon, scribe, show forth, speak, talk, or to tell.

And he brought him fort יָצָא abroad חוּץ, and said אָמַר, Look נָבַט now toward heaven שָׁמַיִם, and tell סָפַר (cepher) the stars כּוֹכָב, if thou be able יָכֹל to number סָפַר (cepher) them: and he said אָמַר unto him, So כֹּה shall your seed זֶרַע be. 

Bere’shiyth (Genesis) 15:5

From this same concept of numbering, the word has been used to mean census as well.

And Solomon שְׁלֹמֹה numbered סָפַר (cepher) all the strangers גָּר אֱנוֺשׁ  that were in the land אֶרֶץ of Israel יִשְׂרָאֵל, after אַחַר the numbering סָפַר (cepher) wherewith David דָּוִד his father אָב had numbered סָפַר (cepher) them; and they were found מָצָא an hundred מֵאָה and fifty חֲמִשִּים thousand אֶלֶף and three שָׁלוֺשׁ thousand אֶלֶף and six שֵׁשׁ hundred מֵאָה

Devrei Hayamim Sheniy (Second Chronicles) 2:17

So, in a general sense, the word Cepher means numbered writings – a collection in order, if you will.  Dictionary.com describes the word Cepher (Sefer) to mean any book of Hebrew religious literature.

DARASH: Compare the name Cepher with the more common word Bible.  The Cepher is a book of Hebrew religious literature.  Bible is derived from the Greek word βιβλίον biblion.  Note that this word is distinguished from τὰ βιβλία τὰ ἅγια ta biblia ta hagia (“the holy books”), but its origin is something less than Hebrew religious literature.  The literal meaning of the word at its origin was “paper” or “scroll” and it was named after the Egyptian papyrus shipped from the seaport of Byblos.

The most important thing for the scholar is to compare the world view associated with the name, as one is Greek and the other Hebrew.  The decision to name the collection a Cepher rather than a Bible is the result of the conclusion that all of the scriptures including the Brit Chadashah (New Testament for Bible readers) had its origin in Hebrew.

Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

Besorah Yahuchanan (John) 5:2

When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought YAHUSHA forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.

Besorah Yahuchanan 19:13

And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

Besorah Yahuchanan 19:17

And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue has his name Apollyon.

Chizayon (Revelation) 9:11

And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Chizayon 16:16

For those Bereans (Ma’aseh (Acts) 17) who are convinced that YAHUSHA HAMASHIACH spoke Greek, there is one reference that conclusive indicates he spoke in Hebrew, yet there is no place in all of the Brit Chadashah indicating he spoke a single word of Greek.

And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue [bold added], Sha’ul, Sha’ul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the pricks.

Ma’aseh (Acts) 26:14

SOD:  No discussion should be completed without addressing the Sod meaning of the term Cepher, and there are four things of interest here in the use of the word Cepher. 

We begin with the gematria of Samek-Phe-Resh, which is Samek=60, Phe=80, Resh=200, or 340.  The word Cepher then has the same gematria as the word נֵצֶר netzer, meaning, a branch.

And there shall come forth יָצָא a rod חֹטֶר out of the stem גֶּזַע of Jesse יִשַׁי, and a Branch נֵצֶר shall grow פָּרָה out of his roots :שֶׁרֶשׁ

Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 11:1

Compare נֵצֶר netzer with the word Nazareth (נצראת) or he of Nazareth (ה'נצרי), or followers of the Branch (ה'נצרים).  It is of some interest to the followers of the Alef-Tav, that the correct spelling of Nazareth (נצראת) is a combination of netzer and eth (alef-tav) meaning the divine branch. 

Next, consider the use of the cepher in the following passage:

  בזאת חכמה מי שבינה לו יחשב מספר החיה כי מספר אדם הוא ומספרו שש מאות וששים ושש׃

Here is wisdom (חכמה chokmah). Let him that has understanding count (יחשב  yachasav – meaning to reckon the genealogy of) the number (מספר ma’cepher) of the beast: for it is the number (מספר ma’cepher) of a man (אדם adam); and his number (ומספרו u’ma’cephera)  is Chi, Xi, Stigma.

Chizayon 13:18

Let’s take one more moment on this passage.  Suppose we were to take the other meaning for cepher used here (book) and we replaced the Greek Chi, Xi, Stigma with the Hebrew letters of the same Gematria Chi=600 (in Hebrew, mem safit), Xi=60 (in Hebrew, samek) and Stigma=6 (in Hebrew, yod), or יסם, which means damned.

Now, here is the same verse:

Here is wisdom.  Let him with understanding reckon the genealogy of the book of the beast: for it is the book of man, and his book is damned.

Chizayon 13:18

A couple of other observations.  One derivative term of the word Cepher is the word Cepherad (ספרד), the tedushah of which means the door (dalet) to the book (cepher) (the chief words of the shepherd), the literal which means the numbered ones, or the ones of the book, but which is found in scripture only once, in the book of Obad’yahu (Obadiah).

But upon Mount Tsyion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Ya`aqov shall possess את their possessions. 18 And the house of Ya`aqov shall be a fire, and the house of Yoceph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for YAHUAH has spoken it. 19 And they of the south shall possess the Mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Pelishtiym: and they shall possess the fields of Ephrayim, and the fields of Shomron: and Binyamiyn shall possess Gil`ad. 20 And the captivity of this host of the children of Yisra’el shall possess that of the Kena`aniym, even unto Tsarephath; and the captivity of Yerushalayim, which is in Cepharad, shall possess את the cities of the south. 21 And saviours shall come up on Mount Tsyion to judge the Mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be YAHUAH’S.

 Ovad’yahu (Obadiah) 1:17-21

Those of Cepharad have come to be known as Cephardiym – the Cephardi (often spelled Sephardi), a term which refers to descendants of Ya’akov who lived primarily in the Iberian Peninsula until the Spanish Inquisition (still in effect).  The terms essentially means “Spanish” and Cepharad still means “Spain” in modern Hebrew.

Last but not least is the derivative cepherah (סְפֹרָה) (in the plural, cepheroth) which means a numeration. In the Sitrei Torah (the mysteries of the Torah), the cepheroth denotes the numbered radiances of Elohiym, which have been used by the Rabbis over the years to glean greater understanding of the metaphysics of the sacred writings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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