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History of the Bible Codes


A 3,000 years old tradition states that God dictated the Torah, (i.e. The Law, the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament), to Moses, in a precise letter by letter sequence, and that historic events, past, present and future, are encoded in the Hebrew Scriptures by an encryption system which can be described and unlocked.

The Gospels may refer to this when they state in Matthew 5:18 “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished”.

During the Middle Ages a famous rabbi, Moses Cordevaro, wrote “The secrets of the Torah are the skipping of letters”. In the 18th century the greatest Jewish thinker of his time, Rabbi Elijah Solomon, known as the Vilna Gaon, said “All that was, is, and will be unto the end of time is included in the Torah, the first five books of the Bible”.

However the thorough statistical analysis of huge quantities of text could only happen with the development of the computer.

In 1994 the old tradition received a sound scientific basis when three Israeli mathematicians, (Professor Elyahu Rips, from the Hebrew University, Doron Witztum and Yoav Rosenberg), used statistical methods and computers to research the Book of Genesis, searching by “equidistant skip interval” for the encrypted names of 32 sages who lived between the 9th and 18th centuries, checking every nth letter, where n can take any value. They published their study, Equidistant Letter Sequences in the Book of Genesis, in the scholarly journal Statistical Science, (Statistical Science 9:429-438), about what they called ELS (Equidistant Letter Sequences) in Genesis. The program found most of the names, with the odds against this occurring by chance calculated at 62,500 to 1. Their summary said: “When the Book of Genesis is written as two-dimensional arrays, equidistant letter sequences spelling words with related meanings often appear in close proximity, with analysis showing that the (statistical) effect is significant at the level of 0.00002”, (i.e. the odds are 62,500 to 1). This study gave mathematical and statistical evidence that information about personalities, events and dates can be found encoded in the Hebrew Scriptures.

The researchers, for comparison purposes, did similar analysis in several texts: in a Hebrew translation of War and Peace, in a scrambled Book of Genesis, and in other texts. In none of them the results were different from what would occur simply by chance.

Other researchers discovered that the name of Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli Prime Minister, which is found encoded only once in the Hebrew Scriptures, (in the Book of Deuteronomy, from chapter 2, verse 33 to chapter 24, verse 16), appears crossed, (as in a crossword) by the phrase assassin will assassinate. When Rabin was murdered, the Bible Codes theory became the center of international interest and passionate controversy. Books on the subject became huge best sellers.

Software was developed to allow users to search by themselves the Hebrew Scriptures for hidden codes. Unfortunately all these computer programs shared the same disadvantage: they required a good knowledge of Hebrew in order to specify the search code and to analyze the retrieved text.

Today, with the release of Bible Codes 2000, millions of English speaking people can search the Hebrew Scriptures for hidden codes without knowing Hebrew. The user can type the search code in English, the program automatically translates it to Hebrew, searches and retrieves the text into a matrix, analyzes it and automatically translates all the found words to English.