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Interesting and enjoyable reading, but I remain a bit skeptical,
This review is from: Code of the Heart (Hardcover)
The author gives interesting facts and perspectives on Biblical prophecy and so called codes known as Gematria. Each Hebrew letter has a numerical equivalent. By plugging in various formulae the sages have come up with all sorts of uncanny coincidences, puns, and cognates. My contention is that some of the formulae appeared to be convoluted and the links tenuous, although the author refers to it as getting creative.
For example on page 178 he gives the gematria for the Sabbath as 7x0x2=14. I never did well in math, but I thought zero times anything resulted in zero.
There is another book called The Bible Code by Michael Drosnin. PBS did a special on it. It seemed pretty amazing until some computer programers were able, using the same methods, to extract "prophecies" from newspapers, classics, etc.
If you enjoy the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) Midrash (Hebrew legends), and the Kabbalistic (mystical) writings. If you're not familiar don't be put off by the Hebrew. The author gives an appendix of the the Hebrew numerical alphabet and a glossary of foreign words. My only caveat is that it doesn't hurt to be a bit skeptical.