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Why Do We Call It CEPHER?

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

Revised on 1/23/2018

Many have asked us why we call this book eth-CEPHER and not The BIBLE.  Actually, the name on the cover of this book is את eth-CEPHER, which has more meaning than we ever intended.


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


However, this is not its only generation of meaning; 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.

Bere’shiyth (Genesis) 15:5

5 And he brought him forth 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.

From the same concept of numbering that we find in Solomon; CEPHER has been used to mean census as well.

Devrei Hayamim Sheniy (Second Chronicles) 2:17

17 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.

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


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 or 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. BIBLIA 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 names we are examining. 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) had its origin in the Hebrew tongue:

Besorah Yahuchanan (John) 5:2

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

Besorah Yahuchanan 19:13

13 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 19:17

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

CHIZAYON (Revelation) 9:11

11 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) 16:16

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

Now, for those Bereans according to Ma’aseh (Acts) 17, who are convinced that YAHUSHA HAMASHIACH spoke Greek, there is one reference that conclusively indicates He spoke in Hebrew. In fact, there is nowhere, in all of the Brit Chadashah, that indicates YAHUSHA spoke a single word of Greek.

Ma’aseh (Acts) 26:14

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


No discussion should be completed without addressing the SOD or deeper meaning of the term CEPHER. There are four things of interest here that I have found concerning this word.

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

Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 11:1

1 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.

Compare נֵצֶר netzer with the word NAZARETH נצראת or HE OF NAZARETH ה'נצרי, or FOLLOWERS OF THE BRANCH ה'נצרים.  It is of deep interest to the followers of the One who called himself the ALEF-TAV, that the correct spelling of NAZARETH נצראת is a combination of netzer and eth! Eth is an untranslated mark in Hebrew known as the ALEF-TAV meaning: The Divine Branch.

The eth-CEPHER is the only English printing of Sacred Scripture to include the Alef-Tav’s recorded and available today.

Next, let’s consider the use of CEPHER in the following passage:

Chizayon 13:18

  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.

Let’s take one more moment on this passage.  Suppose we were to take the other meaning for CEPHER used here 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 with this revealed wisdom:

Chizayon 13:18

18 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.

Here are some more observations:  One derivative term of the word CEPHER is the word CEPHERAD ספרד or the tedushah of which means the door (dalet) to the book (cepher). Recall that these were the chief words of the Shepherd. The literal translation means the numbered ones, or the ones of the book, but which is found in scripture only once. In the book of Ovad’yahu (Obadiah).

Ovad’yahu (Obadiah) 1:17-21

17 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 Yashar’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.

Those of CEPHARAD have come to be known as CEPHARDIYM: the CEPHARDI, a term which refers to the descendants of Ya’akov who lived primarily in the Iberian Peninsula until the Spanish Inquisition that is still in effect.  The term 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 or The Mysteries of the Torah (one of the many study tools published by Cepher Publishing Group) the CEPHEROTH denotes the numbered radiances of ELOHIYM, which have been used by many Rabbis over the years to glean greater understanding of the metaphysics of the sacred writings.

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