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Bible Code III: Saving the World
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2011
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The topic is a serious one and there is some detailed and peer-reviewed science to back up code claims. For instance, in my opinion, R. Edwin Sherman's book, Bible Code Bombshell (also available on Amazon), presents a more scientifically persuasive argument with a great deal less melodrama. On the other hand, I came away from reading Bible Code III with the feeling that the author was his own worst enemy -- and for a variety of reasons: first of all, his repetitive claims that the code is real are diminished by his equally repetitive assertions that he does not believe in God. This seems disingenuous to say the least, as well as illogical. If the code is real, then who else encrypted the Bible 3000 years ago, if not God? Are we to conclude that it was someone from Planet X, perhaps? His secularism is his right, of course, but does he not realize that if even he is not persuaded by the existence of a divinely-inspired code, he has little chance of persuading others of its significance? He emphasizes that he does, however, believe in the code itself and its statistically-incalculable accuracy for prophetic warnings, but it is as if he sees the code as existing solely in a vacuum. That simply weakens the argument. Secondly, Drosnin presents his evidence with little detail of the science involved in decoding the messages, and too little reference to the statistical probabilities of the codes existing by chance. We are presented with a number of illustrations of Biblical text in Hebrew with the apparent messages picked out for us -- but as they are in Biblical Hebrew, there aren't many of us who can assess the accuracy of the information. As such, the author seems to expects us to take his findings pretty much on faith -- ironic, that. Third, Drosnin portrays himself, secularist though he is, as the proverbial "voice crying in the wilderness." He says he possesses the information that can save us all from nuclear annihilation. He can change the destiny of the world, if only those in power would heed his warnings and rely on the code. Oh dear. Need I say more about that problem? No, I thought not. That leads us to the fourth issue, which is that his warnings are clothed in a definite political wrapping. That is unfortunate, as it only alienates those who are not of a liberal political bent. Had the arguments been more dispassionate, showed more of the science and probabilities involved in breaking the code, and been less of a personal and political hobby horse, I feel the author would have had a much better chance of convincing his audience.
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90 of 114 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2010
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This book could have been subtitled 'liberal ranting from the extreme left'. Most of it doesn't make sense. First you have the author, which unlike the first book in the series, uses the occasion to express his far left ideas. He praises Obama to a sickening degree. He bashes Bush, Reagan, Christians, the war in Iraq and most every other liberal talking point. He completely blamed the 2008 recession on conservatives. There is a climate change push in the book as well. This sort of hit job just didn't belong in a book like this.

Then he claims he does not believe in God and says this over and over. Which is fine, we all have our opinions and he is allowed to have his. He claims he believes in the code and only the code. Well logically that doesn't make sense. Here you have a 3000 plus year old book called the bible. Now this one book has encoded in it backwards, forwards using ELS basically all of human history. This is what he believes. So who would possibly be able to predict human history, write an articulate book such as the bible that has been printed 80 million times now and just so happen to have this amazing hidden code? According to the author, it's not God because there is no God, just the 'code' itself is true. Sorry but that line of thinking makes zero sense.

To make matters worse, the codes he does show in this book are unlike the original book. They aren't as dynamic or inspiring. Often times the words don't cross paths like what he showed in the first book, they just happen to be near each other. The words are small and often aren't very clear. The author is stretching the code concept to the ridiculous.
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28 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2010
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Gratuitous insults to people who dont worship obama. Case in point page 19 "The atmosphere of the right-wing rage only increased" It goes on to say people were carrying weapons in town hall meetings and said THERE WAS AN ARMED MARCH ON WASHINGTON in April 2010.

What does this partisan interjection of politics have to do with bible code? Did the bible code predict the whipping that the the democrats got earlier this month?

His non scholarly, non sourced, incoherent hogwash wouldn't even pass the muster in a composition course in high school English class.

The first and second book were much better in research, content, sourcing, interviews,etc....

Political ranting, scant new information, just recycled junk. SAVE YOUR MONEY A tree had to die for this?
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2010
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I will start off by saying I enjoy reading these books. I treat them with an open mind and sort of believe that there might really be something to this material. I only gave this book three stars because I felt the book was a little weak on material. If you've read the previous books then this one will be very similar.

Author finds something disturbing
He cannot believe it, could it be true?
The implications are huge and he must tell people

Predictions:
Osama got nuclear material in 2006
He is hiding out in a location (not disclosed) and author is trying to tell military
He will strike the US in 2011 with nuclear

Obama is/was at risk of being assassinated
Obama is/was fighting something called obama wars
Obama will be greatly challenged
Palin will run in 2012 and lose
There is a keystone in Egypt that will reveal more but we gotta find it and get permission to dig it up

I may have missed a little because I read through the book quickly. I was going to buy the book but after 10 mins of skimming at my B&N store I found I was almost 1/3 of the way through it, so I just got a cup of coffee and spent the next 15 mins speed reading through the rest of it. Its enjoyable book but not worth hardback purchase price imo.
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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2010
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After reading the other three Bible Code books, I am so disappointed in the author's obvious political liberal agenda! I trudged through the Bush-bashing waiting for new data and revealing codes. What did I get? 'If only they had listened...' Michael Drosnin comes off as bitter and angry and I regret spending $20 to read about it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2011
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Absolute crap and discusses all PAST TENSE ISSUES that can be easily gotten from a simple google search... He is not telling us anything we don't already know.. What a waste of my time and money...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2011
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All right, now. During a walk in the desert, I come upon a large metal object; it has wheels; it has a padded interior; it has a steering wheel; under the hood, there is a complicated machine that I guess is capable of making this object move. What an odd piece of flora, I wonder how this evolved from the ordinary cactus or succulent I can see around me? Are there more like it and, if so, where do they nest? :o/

This is the illogical and quite irrational conclusion Michael Drosnin appears to reach by saying that a document, for thousands of years considered the "word of God", just HAPPENS to contain (when seen as a single stream of symbols) the history of human experience. It just GOT THERE somehow by some natural process (which he doesn't explain, mind you, or even attempt to explain). Huh?

My opinion regarding religion is that it has been responsible for an enormous amount of pain, suffering, death and superstition (all of which persist into our present age); I don't believe "God" dictated the bible to anyone and I think the history of the bible, political, sociological, and religious, strongly indicates it is certainly not the "word of God". BUT.....perhaps we (humans) have been taking this book the wrong way. WHAT IF it WAS actually designed as a code; WHAT IF it WAS intended for use at a time when technology was able to decipher this code; THEN it actually does become "the word of God" because who can believe for a moment that all of this information (as elucidated in The Bible Code books), if it's TRUE (and since I can't read Hebrew and don't have a program that can decode the entire Torah I have no way of determining this) just happens to be there by ACCIDENT? Mr. Drosnin, really! Your basic premise that "there is no God", as you state that you don't personally believe in the existence of such an entity, renders your code either a fraud, a bizarre error in evaluation, or an extreme coincidence that, statistically, is most likely impossible.

I would like to see in depth explanation of how these statements from Torah are found, rather than read how the entire United States government ignores the author, thereby setting the stage for worldwide nuclear holocaust. So far, what I read is the author's anger that he isn't being taken seriously. One other reviewer asked for more "science"; I think what he meant by that is: greater elucidation of how the "code" WORKS, page by page analysis of how these predictions (or view of human events) are determined; AND...are there ALTERNATIVE statements if one looks for them? (In other words, does the code speak of nuclear holocaust being AVERTED TOTALLY if one's agenda is real analysis and not political diatribe?)

If the code is "true" (actually what it is portrayed to be by Drosnin et al), then every single living human's name should be able to be found in it; every single human event should be able to be found in it; and there should be alternative information based upon chosen behaviors: if A does act, B will then resolve the situation in another manner.

Frankly, I don't know what to think. I'll need to do a great deal more study on the veracity of such a code. But I absolutely DO KNOW one thing: if it's real, it didn't get there by ITSELF.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2011
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It doesn't matter that Drosnin is a super-liberal, he could take the opposite perspective and this book would still be nonsense. Politics are secondary to the science behind this book. He does not explain the methods used to achieve the so-called "truths" presented. If he did, one could take a Hebrew language version of Moby-Dick and find the same predictions. Look up Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy. The human mind tends to see patterns in things that are actually random.
There is way too much room taken up by the codes (which are not explained but included to make it seem more legitimate) and the writing is done almost entirely in one or two sentence paragraphs! He must have wrote this thing in a day. Hurry, get this thing to the presses before the world is blown up!
I give it two stars because it was actually interesting in the same way a fictional account of history is (just like most conspiracy theories). Yes, fiction. He wants to save the world? Why not write about something real we can do like feed and shelter the poor.
The Bible was written in the context of a culture thousands of years ago. It is what is is. It is no crystal ball. People have historically abused it to instill fear in others, Drosnin is no different.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2011
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One feels the author was so desperate for a Bible Code III he might have padded the page count with recipes of Deep Space Aliens. I dreaded the arrival of this book because halfway through BC II it was obvious that Drosnin had sold out his own pet project. When we left him at the end of II he was searching for buried space ships near the Dead Sea. He might just as well have kept at it, because his liberal ranting in this book turns it into a waste of time. And maintaining that he doesn't believe in God, just in the code, is childish, like Moses saying he believes in the stone tablets but not God. Drosnin has become irrelevant to the whole Bible Code issue anyway, it having fallen into much more serious, capable hands. The History Channel's Bible Code programs scoff at Drosnin's sellout of the subject, and The Bible Code Explained on YouTube covers the subject in a far more realistic manner. I was pulling for Drosnin, because he's a likable guy, though mindlessly liberal, but BC III is an embarrassment.
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22 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2010
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I heard Micheal Drosnin interview on 1 Nov 2010 with George Noory on coasttocoastam.com I was looking forward to the interview since I have read the first two Bible Code books. Both books were quite interesting. Hmm a code based on the Bible that could foretell future events (if you know what to look for). I never knew how much of a Liberal Leftist Micheal was intill this interview. I guess I should have known.
He also repeated over and over to George how he does not believe in God. He only believes in the 'Code'. Michael Drosnin repeated it over and over like some kind of atheist android. The way he said it was real creepy like. Definite strange. Plus how does one believe in a 'code' supposedly concealed in the Torah (first five books in the Old Testament) and yet not believe in God?
Also does anyone remember any names in the Bible Code being abbreviated in the first two books? He said he found "B.Obama is President". When did the Bible code need to abbreviate names? B.Obama could be Bob Ama. Ama means "born on Saturday" in the ancient language of Akan. In Genesis 36:27 Akan is a son of Ezer and grandson of Seir the Horite. In 1 Chronicles 1:42 Akan is called Jaakan. etc.
Micheal also stretches to make random words seem to appear to be groups together. I started to lose interest as he seemed to be connecting these into a Leftist political agenda.
My recommendation is skip the book. Or wait and buy it for a dollar at a garage sale.
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