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[GR] > The Iota Subscript

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot [iota] or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Matthew 5.18

The iota subscript is the smallest letter in the Greek language. It is easily overlooked and mistaken for a mere diacritical mark as opposed to an actual letter that needs to be included in the calculation of the numerical weights of the words. This all changed on June 19, 2001 when Vernon Jenkins published his article From First Principles This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window in which he demonstrated the divine integration of Genesis 1.1 and John 1.1 which is fully dependent on the inclusion of the iota subscript.

I was very skeptical when I first read his article because I had been studying Greek Gematria for a decade and had never included the iota subscript in my calculations. I had about 18,000 entries in my Gematria database and couldn't help but wonder how many would have to be altered. It was a very unsettling moment. Would it destroy the Holographs I had cherished all these years? But before worrying too much about the possible difficulties that may arise from the truth, I chose to continue the race towards it and to see what was the reality of the iota subscript.

My first effort was to find basic grammatical information about the iota subscript. Here is what it looks like in the text of John 1.1:

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These words mean "In the beginning was the word" and are pronounced "En archei en ho logos." The iota subscript is the little mark under the last letter of the second word, archei. Here is a magnification, with the iota subscript highlighted red:

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All the other marks around these words are diacritical marks that are used to lead the reader to correct pronunciation. They do not add meaning or affect the translation, and are missing in many manuscripts. The iota subscript, on the other hand, is a true letter and does affect the meaning. This is explained in the Greek Lesson Iota Subscript and Diaeresis This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window found at Christ.com. Here is a statement found in that lesson:

Note that the iota subscript can be difficult to spot when reading, but is important. It has no effect on pronunciation, but is definitely part of the word, and affects the translation.

There are many online resources to help in the study of Greek, and many of them discuss the iota subscript. An excellent example is the work of Dr. Lorin Crawford, Professor of Religion in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window at Gardner-Webb University. He has provided abundant resources which can be accessed from his personal site This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window. In particular, Lesson 3 (PDF format) This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window in his basic Greek series discusses the iota subscript and shows how it looks in uncial manuscripts. Many other resources can be easily found by searching the web for "iota subscript".

After establishing the status of the subscript as a true letter that should at least be considered in the study of the alphanumeric structure of Scripture, I then proceeded to take another look at the Divine Prologue (John 1.1 - 1.5). The impact was overwhelming. As is clear from the hundreds of articles on this site, I have been studying Gematria in depth and in excruciating detail for some years. During this time, I have discovered astounding structures like the Unity Holograph, the Logos Holograph and the Grace Manifest Holograph. Likewise, I have done an extensive analysis of Genesis 1.1 which also has impressed me with its incomparable divine design.

Given the profound beauty and divine intelligence revealed in the structure of many of the most significant passages such as Genesis 1.1, Deuteronomy 6.4, and Hebrews 4.12, I remained utterly disappointed in my analysis of the Divine Prologue of John. Intuitively, I was convinced that it should have had a structure akin to the Logos Holograph - how could it be that these verses had no obvious design to them? During the last ten years, I revisited these verses time and time again, always feeling as if I were missing something, but not knowing what. Though I had a database with some 18,000 alphanumeric identities, essentially nothing integrated with John 1.1. How could this be?

It is my hope and prayer that this introduction will convey the kind of wonder and awe I experienced when I analyzed the Divine Prologue in light of the iota subscript. The depth of divine integration is breathtaking! My database immediately sprang to life! Here is a little of what I found within mere hours of analyzing in the light of the smallest of letters:

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This is explained in depth in the Creation Holograph article called The Divine Prologue. The full explanation begins in the Genesis 1.1 article.





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