Here’s a great primer on the Bible codes.
WARNING: Bible codes cannot be used to predict the future. Codes predicting assassinations, for example, are too statistically insignificant to be considered as being intentionally placed. Unless an experiment has been done involving an a priori hypothesis and replication with significant results (and there have been a few that were successful), codes found in the Bible are generally thought-provoking curiosities. The successful experiments are what prove the Bible codes’ existence.
What are the Bible codes? I’m glad you asked. If you read every other letter of the Bible starting with the book of Genesis to Deuteronomy, you get Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code spelled out. Well, maybe not, but the idea is similar.
There are, in fact, many different kinds of codes in the Bible. One type is called “Atbash” where the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet is replaced with the last letter, and the second letter of the alphabet is replaced with the second to last letter, and so on. This was seen prominently in Jeremiah where it mentions the city of Sheshach. There is no historical record of any city named Sheshach. There are, however, historical records of a place called Babylon, and if you apply the Atbash code to Sheshach, you get Babel, the Hebrew word for Babylon. Perhaps the author of Jeremiah was afraid of being persecuted by naming the actual city.
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HarperCollins granted permission to reprint a section of Jeffrey Satinover’s book Cracking the Bible Code! The section I’ll be reprinting in the appendix is a historical primer on how the Bible codes went from being an intriguing phenomenon to a rigorously scrutinized study. He mentions how the ears of scientists all over perked up and the attention that was contained in small groups became international.
It’s the perfect addition to help people learn more about the Bible Codes!