The Bible Code

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The Bible Code refers to a hidden pattern of letters which are said to exist in the Bible, either in the Hebrew form, or in a particular translation of it. The vaildity of such claims is disputed by academics, largely because any text of respectable length contains a great number of hidden messages with high probability. However, many less skeptical folk believe beyond a doubt in this hidden code.

In 1997, Michael Quale Drosnin published a book called The Bible Code describing one example of hidden messages in the Torah(the book used by Christians and Hebrews alike, in its Hebrew form). The claims in the book are contested by the author of the scientific paper on which it is based.

Hebrew based bible codes are more credible as messages from God. However, there have been claims that people, such as William Shakespeare, left a message about shaking a spear in the King James Bible. However, credibility for such stories is lacking, because the translation appears to be good. Nevertheless, popular belief in this myth has not waned.

Drosnin even believed, by looking at the Bible code, that Israel would face a nuclear Holocaust, wiping out its population. Unsuprisingly, this didn't happen by the predicted date.

Reality behind The Bible Code[edit]

There is however a tradition of finding secret meanings in the Bible. In the Qabalah these are known as "Gematria", "Notariqon" and "Temurah".

Gematria is the idea that words having a similar numerological value have analogous meanings (in Hebrew letters have numerical values).

Notariqon is the idea that certain key words are acronyms of secret phrases. For example, "Amen" (A-M-N) is supposed to be an Notariqon of "Adonai Melekh Naamor", "The Lord and faithful King."

Temurah is the idea that certain phrases have been encrypted as others, through a variety of letter replacement ciphers. For example, Baphomet (B - Ph - V - M - Th) is in fact a Temurah of "Sophia" (Sh-V-Ph-Y-A), where the first letter of the Hebrew Alphabet is substituted for the last, the second for the second-last, etc.