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As God dictated the first five books of the Old Testament, He enclosed prophecies in a skip code--that is, every fifth letter in a sentence forms a word. The trouble is, the Code is so divinely complex, you need a computer to find it. Now that we have those, and author Michael Drosnin, you too can read God's secret messages in The Bible Code. Drosnin was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal who turned into the Jeanne Dixon of the Middle East after "predicting" Rabin's assassination a year before it happened. Since then, with the help of mathematicians, he's been finding the bleak Future all over the Torah: an earthquake in L.A. (2010), a meteor hitting the Earth (2006, 2010, 2012, or all of these), and, of course, nuclear Armageddon (2000 or 2006). But don't write 2006 off yet, because the book says that the Code doesn't predict the Future, it merely reveals one possible future. Hmm. The Bible Code is this generation's The Late, Great Planet Earth. For those in the market, it delivers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Newsweek Explosive....No wonder the book is causing a sensation.

Los Angeles Times A certifiable phenomenon. The text abounds with stunning predictions.

Time A new book says Rabin's murder was predicted, and there are dreadful things to come. Should we fear?

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1st Touchstone Ed edition (April 7, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684849739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684849737
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (387 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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228 of 271 people found the following review helpful By S. McDuffie on December 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
A christian friend of mine challenged me to read this book. Apparently, he thought I would run straight to church upon completing it. Well, I skipped over the boring parts (which was most of it) and went straight to Drosnin's amazing discovery. I knew there was something wrong with Drosnin's code, but not being a mathematician or statistician, I was unable to quite put my finger on it. It seemed to me as if the people using the code were manipulating it to yield the results they wanted. Like a street hustler would in a shell game.

So, I used the same computer technology that "enabled" Drosnin to discover the extant of the "prophetic" powers of his code to find rational antidotes to this obvious hogwash. I got on the world wide web and found several good and rational refutations of Drosnin. Keith Devlin, Dean of Science at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California was the nicest and most generous of Drosnin's opponents.

Despite the fact that Drosnin has claimed that mathematicians have verified that he is onto something he cannot name one. I then tried to prove his point for him and found nothing to support this claim. To the contrary, what I found was mathematicians who said that it is no surprise that the Hebrew Bible spells words when you use a rather rudimentary and common encryption technique known as the "equal letter skip" It works like so: you start at the letter skip a fixed number of letters until you spell a word. Start with the first occurance of the letter "t" (rather the hebrew equivilant) in genesis, skip 49 letters and you come to an "o", skip another 49 letters and you come up with the letter t another 49 and you get h. Marvel of marvels you have the Hebrew word for Torah spelled out in the Hebrew bible. Suprising? Not really. In fact, it is to be expected.
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60 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 2003
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Nothing but BUNK.... Back in 1995, five writers from Israel claimed that by performing statistical analyses of the Bible, they were able to uncover secret prophecies that predicted events in modern times, such as the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. These writers claimed to use scientific statistical techniques, but all they really did was play the childish game of taking the Bible and taking letters out every so often, seeing what kinds of words might come out of the mix. They claimed that they found their prophecies as a result, and this book was written to explain them. How well do the claims of this book hold up to scrutiny? Not surprisingly, they're easily shown to be completely false. Don't take my word for it, though. Listen instead to the experts in statistics who exposed the Bible Code hoax. Researchers Dror Bar-Natan, Maya Bar-Hillel, Gil Kalai and Brendan McKay published an article in the journal Statistical Science, edited by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in which they proved the Bible Code to be non-existent. There is no single, agreed-upon original Bible. Even the oldest version of the Bible varies from one another. Therefore, any attempt to pick out, for example, every 5th word would be different for each Bible. Besides, even these versions of the Bible are not the original texts, but highly edited versions of more ancient works. - The procedures followed by the Bible Code team were not in compliance with scientific standards because they were repeatedly changed with the goal of finding a code. Such statistical tuning can eventually find a few apparently meaningful codes in any long book, but for every such coherent fragment there is a huge amount of gibberish.Read more ›
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Howie on February 15, 2003
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The first thing you must know about this book is that the author - while claiming to be a journalist (he makes this claim many, many times, as though insecure about his credibility) - cites *no* sources for any of the "research" he quotes claiming that this Bible Code is real. There are no footnotes; no references to any published documents; no journals or page numbers to cross-check. This alone should raise tons of red flags among any sensible and intelligent reader.
Secondly, Drosnin contradicts himself many times throughout the book. Here's only one example. On page 55 he states that "Atomic Holocaust" apprears only once in the Bible code, and he links it with the dates 1995-1996. On page 126 he agains cites reference to "Automic Holocaust", stating this occurance is the "only time it is encoded inthe Bible", yet he cites it with a completely different date, 2006. First, why are there two seperate references to "automic halocaust", if there is only one occurance? Secondly, how can either be credible if there is more than one reference to a date? And since the same Hebrew letters are used for both text and numbers, couldn't you pull *any* date out of the text if you really want to?
This is frightening stuff, not because the Bible has a hidden code, but because so many people are duped by this. We want desperately to know what will happen in the future, without regard for our own personal consequences or our own personal relationship to God. Hal Lindsay proved the gullibility of society in the 70s with his "Late Great Planet Earth" nonsense. He even went so far as to predict the Second Coming of Christ (something the Bible is VERY clear cannot be known by anyone except the Father - even Jesus doesn't know the date, so how did Hal get it??).
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