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The Bible Code Hardcover – .sis, May 29, 1997
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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.
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? --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Early on in this exploration on the Codes, Drosnin believes that it is a hidden code that seems to predict the future. In a sense, it relates future events, but the idea of using the Codes for predictive purposes does not appear to be it’s sole function, if at all. There is a code in the Torah, and it is mathematically provable. A lot of research has gone into this since Drosnin’s first book, and the naysayers are left with new data that has yet to be scientifically refuted.
The Bible Code book’s finding of the Yitzhak Rabin assassination was amazing to me the first time I read it. Drosnin is an excellent writer and has a good grasp of the material, even though his use of the Codes may not be considered correct. The book is a quick read, with a generous number of “tables” of Torah texts that indicate many of the most important events that have happened in the past 100 years. Bible Code II and III go into this again, but you need this first book as a foundational platform to really appreciate the other two books — some of those seem to have tables that might be considered dubious, (according to “correct” Hebrew) but interesting never the less.
I am a bit disgusted with some of the reviews about this book that seem to quickly dismiss the validity of the codes, as if they were “simple” and easy to find. That just isn’t true. The whole computer process is very technical, creating a “code cylinder” and then opening up those columns of text in a newly re-ordered state so that the Codes can be read like a crossword puzzle. The man most credited for discovering the Codes in Drosnin’s book is Professor Eliyahu Rips, a brilliant mathematician from Hebrew University who worked with a team of other programmers to initially discover the code. He did not do it as single-handedly as the book suggests, but this doesn’t mitigate prof. Rips’ brilliance in the discovery or the current research going on today.
Also, the skeptical nature of some of the readers of this book, and Drosnin’s hypothesis that “aliens” may have encoded the book is only his theory. Indeed, there are other ancient texts that say that “Angels” gave the Torah to Moses. With the current thinking that Angels and Aliens may be one and the same, the idea may take on new meaning. The idea that there is other life in this universe and inter-dimensionally no longer seems absurd, unless you have your head in the sand.
Some of the orthodox rabbis involved in the study believe that the Bible Code book did much to help and harm the research on the Codes. It brought the idea of the Codes to the mainstream, but it also showed tables that made predictions that didn’t come true. Professor Rips strongly is against using the Codes for predictive purposes, but they do appear to note most of the events that are happening in our time and created a mystery of why those Codes are available to us now, and that they really don’t appear in just any book the way they do in the Torah. With new techniques that can factor in a “P” value, (probability) using up to a million other non-encoded texts for comparison, the old adage that “codes can be found in any text” just is no longer true.