- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (October 28, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780142003503
- ISBN-13: 978-0142003503
- ASIN: 0142003506
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 131 customer reviews
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Bible Code II: The Countdown Paperback – October 28, 2003
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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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For those unfamiliar with the premise, the book outlines what Drosnin believes is a hidden code in the Bible that warns modern readers who can utilize computer technology about such items as the assasination of Rabin, the coming of WWII, Hitler, the atomic bomb and more. In this second installment, he focuses on the impending atomic war of 2006, the implantation of life on earth - potentially by aliens, attempting to uncover a hidden steel ark buried beneath the Dead Sea for 5,000 years, and the impacts of global terror.
As noted in my initial review of the first book, for this skeptical reader, I would note that the Bible Code as put forth by Drosnin uses Hebrew without masoretes. Hebrew is a "vowelless" base language. So the code could show the (Hebrew) letter combination RBN and it could mean Ruben, Rabin, Reben, or pretty much any other combination. It provides for much more "flexibility" in interpreting the code than most langauge systems would. And since the code can be read forwards, backwards, horizontally, vertically or with "skips" (and sometimes all of these), WITHOUT vowels, it isn't quite as challenging to find in the 350,000 words of the Hebrew Tanakh associations that may lead to the interpretations as Drosnin presents them.
It is a semi-interesting enough read, if only as a somewhat thrilling adventure novel, and the theory is interesting as well - if quite far fetched to this skeptic.
I would like to have seen more technical detail for how the tables are generated in each of Drosnin's et all discoveries. For instance in a table with 3 meaningful words or phrases does each one use the same equidistant letter spacing or does he use 3 or more different values to retrieve the words or phrases? To me that's very important.
As far as I'm concerned and I'm not normally a religious person Drosnin makes his biggest mistake in this book by being obsessed with the idea of alien intervention creating the codes. Furthermore he makes some pretty silly leaps of 'faith' in comparing what he finds in the code to what he is doing in the real world. I think he sees things that simply aren't there on several occaisions. Namely in the chapters about how the code was delivered to us in a 'vehicle' etc and the parts about searching for the 'obelisks' which was really the low points of the book. He just really goes out on the deep end at too many spots.
Most of what he claims about the middle east and terrorism however is quite intersting. I find it amazing that he was able to personally speak with so many key players in the mideast peace process about the code. Arafat included!
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.
basically have that done to them before they accept the Bible or anything in it.
They think we came from monkeys or the world just happened.
Well your in for a big disappointment if you believe that.
I couldn't understand how he could have all that information, seen all of the code predictions come true and not believe in a supreme being. All of this did not Just Happen!
We have free choice to choose. Would you want to make someone live with you or force them to love you as a wife or husband if they truly didn't. So it is with God. He left it up to us to want to serve him and choose him. If not your free to go your own way to hell!