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What is the earliest source that mentions Gematria?

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Are you asking for the earliest source to use the word גימטריא to refer to literal-numerical calculations based on the spellings of words or the earliest source to refer to גימטריא, which is almost certainly a transliteration of the Greek word for geometry? (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geometry) – WAF Mar 16 '11 at 2:51
Also, are you asking for earliest use of the technique or use of the term? – Seth J Mar 16 '11 at 3:08
Was asking for earliest source to refer to the word Gematria. However would also be interested in the earliest source of use. – Gershon Gold Mar 16 '11 at 3:36
See Discovering Gematria: Foundational Exegesis and Primary Dictionary from Gematria Publishing. It answers both aspects and then some. It's on Amazon.com and they have their own forum on gematria too. – user356 Mar 16 '11 at 21:52
What is the earliest source that mentions Gematria? – Double AA Sep 4 '14 at 6:01

I would say the MISHNAH in Pirkie avos

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Which mishnah, please? – Barry Mar 17 '11 at 17:52
Ch. 3, Mishnah 23 – jake Mar 17 '11 at 19:47
How do you know גימטריאות there means calculating numerical values of words? – WAF Mar 17 '11 at 23:19
@WAF, see the asker's comment on his question: he's "asking for earliest source to refer to the word Gematria" only. – msh210 Nov 23 '11 at 22:23
I'm pretty sure some interpret it as "mathematics." – AEML Feb 1 '13 at 19:19

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