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Hidden Bible Codes: Hoax or prophecy?
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2002, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons by Libya. [Don Scott pointing out false predictions derived from Bible codes in an
From medieval times, the belief that the Bible contains some type of secret code has
fascinated many people, including the great scientist Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727).
In 1958, Rabbi
Weissmandel found some interesting patterns in the Hebrew Pentateuch (also known as the
Books of Moses, the Torah, and the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures/Old
Testament). Unfortunately, he had no access to computers, and so was not able to
develop his findings.
A team at Hebrew University in Jerusalem reported remarkable findings
of codes buried in the book of Genesis in 1988. Other researchers followed, claiming to
find predictions in the ancient text of "the assassination of Yitzhak
Rabin in 1995 to a Los Angeles earthquake in 2010." 1 Some
authors capitalized on these findings and published a series of best-selling
religious books. Michael Drosnin's book "The Bible Code" reached the
#3 spot on the New York Times best-seller list. 2 By 1999-OCT,
at least 12 books had been
written on the topic; we were only able to find two books skeptical of the idea of hidden codes.
truth about the Bible codes was finally revealed by statistical analysis: they
are not confined to the Pentateuch; they are found everywhere -- in any . ELS codes are found with
approximately equal frequency in
the Book of Genesis, the Qur'an -- Islam's holy book, Tolstoy's "War
and Peace," or in any sufficiently long text written in any language --
probably even in this web site which totals over 350 megabytes of text and HTML
Even though Drosnin's claims were exposed as meaningless, he published a
subsequent book "Bible Code II: The Countdown" in 2003-OCT. 3 By late 2003-FEB, it had risen to achieve a sales rank of
1,091 at Amazon.com -- an impressive rating since Amazon.com lists
millions of books in their web site. By 2004-JUL, its rating has sunk to
about 40,000. By 2012-SEP it has sunk to 316,275.
In 2010-OCT, Drosnin published the third book in the series: The Bible Code
III: The Quest. It predicted a nuclear attack by Osama bin Laden on the U.S. in 2011, and that Sarah Palin (R-AK) was going to run for the presidency in 2012. There were 34 reviews on Amazon.com's web site; 14 were five-star reviews -- the highest possible rating. 13 were 1-star reviews -- the lowest possible rating. By 2012-SEP, it was Amazon's 41,849th most popular book.
Topics covered in this section:
Related essays on this web site:
"Controversial 'Bible Code' debunked by team of scholars,"
Associated Press Online, 1999-SEP-10.
Michael Drosnin , "The Bible Code," Touchstone Books, (1998). Read
reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
Michael Drosnin , "Bible Code II: The Countdown," Viking
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"Assassination foretold in Moby Dick," at:
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