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The Torah Codes Paperback – March 29, 2011
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From the Back Cover
What would you do if you discovered your name was encoded in the Bible?
It Doesn't Matter.
What you will do and how you will die has also been foretold.
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Top Customer Reviews
The journey, and the characters who accompany us on it, are more interesting than the destination, anyway. Superficially, the tale is suspense-driven, but as it is with Brown, so also with Barany: the visceral suspense is a framework from which the writer dangles a far more intriguing intellectual, even spiritual, carrot.
The real problem of the novel is never whether Nathan Yirmorshy will survive, but whether he will discover the existential truth of his own identity, as encoded in Chapter 36 of the Book of Genesis, and also whether the premise of the story will prove valid and, if so, what that means in practical terms to Yirmorshy and, by extension, to the rest of us. Is the Bible--that is to say, are the first five books of it--prophetically encoded?
Barany has collected a series of essays that grapple with the notion that such codes are literally embedded in the scriptures. These essays follow the story, shedding light into the space it opens in the reader's mind.
The implications that arise from such a question ought to (although they won't; we all know they won't) provoke far more widespread spiritual introspection and serious religious debate than the rather more tabloid-style speculations about whether Jesus of Nazareth lived to a ripe old age in the South of France, making babies with Mary Magdalene.
Let me put this quite baldly: the question before us is not a fictional one.Read more ›
`My eyes voted for the bed. Two hours later, it was 8:12 p.m. and I realized I hadn't let my bladder vote. I headed for the bathroom and turned on the light. My eyes complained. I turned off the light. I leaned against the mirror above the sink and reassured them that the light was off and that they could now open again. I opened my eyes expecting the typical picture: round face, brown hair, brown eyes, long neck, but all close up since my forehead was leaning on the mirror. But it wasn't myself I saw. I saw a room. A room filled with cameras. Photos were taped to the wall. I cupped my hands to the mirror and saw the room more clearly. All the cameras were pointed straight at me. But the room was dark and no one was there.'
Nathan is bi-polar and when he gets busy and forgets to take his meds he does have a tendency to imagine things. Could this be one of those times? The best thing for him to do is get out of his landlord's duplex and find a place where he is safe. But that's kind of hard when no matter where he goes he feels someone is following. Someone wants to harm him. Then he runs into Sophia as she gives tarot readings at a table set up outside a bookstore.Read more ›
Confession time: I did not read the essays in the appendix. I hear they're quite good and well worth reading, but I was just in it for the story, not the religious speculation.
The main character, Nathan, a bipolar programmer, is a fresh voice. He is witty without being annoying and many of his thoughts made me laugh out loud at the nuttiness that was is his thought process. The rest of the characters are not particularly memorable, but they do keep the plot moving forward without boring the reader.
The plot is similar in pacing to the DaVinci Code, trying its best to stay moving forward, but made a bit confusing by the quick exchange of information that the characters seem to understand as soon as it's uttered. It can be seem a bit unbelievable at times, but, unlike Brown's overbearing book, this one keeps the mood light.
I must nitpick on one issue, though. Sophia, the main female character, is a Tarot card reader, which although an interesting twist to add, I would have liked the real meanings of the cards to have been used, not strange ones that are never used. As a Tarot reader myself, it was hard to swallow the twisted meanings of cards that are just as important to a religion as the Torah is to the Jewish community. It is a bit picky, I know, but it is what struck me. This however, probably won't affect the majority of the audience, so it's definitely not something that should deter anyone from reading the book.
The essays that accompany the story are fascinating and definitely something to consider when purchasing the book.
This is a fun, quick-paced story that will not disappoint.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Torah Codes really grabbed me and I found I couldn't stop reading. As an East Bay resident, it was delightful to find my local streets,high school, bookstores and even... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Diane B.
The title is a terrible misnomer - a come-on, if you will. The writing style is very immature and the book is so predictable and boring, I didn't bother finishing it.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author created a story that both entertained, and also gave the reader much to ponder. A fadt read. I look forward to reading Mr. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Steven B Kosoy
I expected/hoped that The Torah Codes would be a companion book to Torah Codes End to Darkness DVD (a DVD found through the BreakingIsrealNews.com website). Read morePublished 12 months ago by M Jones
This is a great first novel by a promising writer! Very enjoyable as "Jewish fiction" without demanding much Judaism on the part of the reader. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mr Davies
I might have given this a higher rating if there hadn't been so many references to Dan Brown in the reviews and in the book itself. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Reed