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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (October 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142003506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142003503
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The biggest news of the millennium-maybe of all human history." (Baltimore Sun)

About the Author

Michael Drosnin is a reporter, formerly at The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Citizen Hughes and The Bible Code. He lives and works in New York City.

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Peace treaties are therefore only opportunities for war, not a solution for war.
So in closing, the book has merits but it could have been much better if he had not gone out on a limb so many times when it just wasn't necessary to prove his point.
LT Sharpe
Drosnin repeatedly claims that he isn't "a believer" in God, but knows that there is "something" in the Bible codes.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A on September 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
After watching this subject on the History Channel I wanted to know more about this Bible Code which is the reason why I purchased this book. I read it in several hours cover to cover with an open mind and it was easy to read and pretty well written, despite the fact that I caught the author repeating himself several times throughout the book. I also felt at times that the author might have been looking for accolades as "the man who tried to save the world". Be that as it may, I don't exactly know what to make of the Code itself, except to say that I think the odds of finding words and phrases in such close proximity to each other, as they were found throughout the Torah relating to past historic events falls out of the scope of "coincidence". The odds are just too great. It cannot be "coincidence" as the skeptics claim. For those who are asking for a Hebrew dictionary to prove the translations, all I can tell you is what I saw on the History Channel. The translations are confirmed by Hebrew scholars. That is all the validity I need. I know from reading some of the reviews here that some of you are claiming that this book was a disappointment becaused it failed to predict the future. I believe the author had stated early on that it is almost impossible to find things in the Code unless you know what to look for which is why they are now searching for the Code Key to break the entire Code. This explains why it is easier for them to find things in the Code that have happened in the past than it is to find things that have not yet happened, simply because they have no idea what to search for in the Code. You cannot find an event that hasn't happened yet.Read more ›
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Don Scott on April 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
1) The book's theme is that the end of the world is nigh (2006), so our hero author must travel the world and get everyone to understand that the Middle East conflict must be resolved so that the PREDICTIONS OF THE BIBLE CODE DO NOT COME TO PASS. That's right. Without ever explaining why, he concludes that the code's message is just a warning and that we can change it. He even says that it encodes all possible outcomes. If that's the case then it is utterly meaningless, since an infinite number of false futures would be encoded. This claim is totally at odds with the book's theme. According to the author, there is only one year where the words "End of Days", "nuclear holocaust", etc, are encoded with a year: 2006. So does that mean that if we can avoid self-destruction in 2006, then humanity is saved for eternity from nuclear holocaust. Obviously, the more rational conclusion is that the code, if it is real, is absolutely written in stone, and the holocaust will occur on schedule in 2006, notwithstanding the heroic globetrotting our the author.
2) It's political. Arafat is a warm fellow and a true believer, Sharon is a war monger, and George Bush stole the election from poor Al Gore. His political bias is incredibly transparent.
3) He wonders out loud whether the aliens that planted our DNA here 4 billion years ago were still around. That's a long time for a civilization to last. Since he doesn't believe in God, who does he think gave Moses the tablets (code) on Mount Sinai? Either it was God or aliens, but the death of our progenitor is simply not a logical option.
4) He tells us about a zillion times that he doesn't believe in God. He apparently thinks his secularism gives the book a sheen of credibility. Actually, it makes him look like a fool.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. DuPont on November 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
At this point, nobody should have even any remote interest in buying this book. He only makes 4 actual predictions in it, and is 0 for 3 so far.

1) Libya will start hording WMDs

- The exact opposite has happened

2) Massive Worldwide Economic Depression in 2002

- Does anyone remember this happening? I don't. Because it didn't happen.

3) Arafat would be assassinated.

- Well he's dead now, but there is nothing that indicates he died from poisoning or anything else besies natural illness, so this one's wrong too.

So why would anyone be worried his 4th prediction (Nuclear war in 2006) will come true, especially considering he originally said it would happen in 2000 in the first Bible Code book?

Nobody should, but that's how he sells his books. If you tell people they're all gonna die and your book tells them how and how they can possibly avoid it, of course they'll buy it.

But what are these predictions really? The first three are just educated guesses. When he wrote this book Libya was still a source of major international conflict and 9/11 was in the past, so it's only logical certain countries might try and make WMDs in their situation. You don't need the Torah to make a guess at that, but a history book might help. By the way, isn't it convienient that he was able to see the events of 9/11 after the fact, but failed to see them in Bible Code I? But it doesn't matter because he was wrong. The economy goes up and down in cycles, and we were already heading down in 2001, so why not just guess it is going to get worse? You need an alien code to tell you that? And Arafat has had multiple attempts on his life for the last 30 years, and this guy guessed one would eventually succeed.
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