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Posted December 17, 2004
BIBLE CODES: myth, mystery, maybe, meaningful? Which are they? And what do modern day individuals, such as Hitler, Rabin, Einstein, Clinton, Brokaw, bin Laden and Hussein, plus current countries Iran, North Korea, Iraq, Libya, and Russia have to do with Bible Codes? Ed Sherman, mathematician with 30 years of experience in probability, statistical analyses, and consulting with Fortune 500 companies, undertakes this daunting task of answering those questions in his book, 'Bible Codes Bombshell', after six years of scientific research on this topic. This is a substantive book on an intriguing and highly controversial subject. The skeptic, curious, and serious students on this topic should have their interest piqued with the thoroughness, reliability, and credibility of the author's research, documentation, presentation, and unequivocal conclusions. Although the author is a mathematician, he has wisely relegated the math to appendices at the end, making it an easy-to-read book. It addresses the most commonly asked questions about Bible codes on the basis of five years of intensive scientific research. The research team includes a Jewish agnostic, who is a retired professor of mathematics and physics and a part time Hebrew teacher. The process of systematically extracting encoded messages has produced a wealth of reliable results that have withstood the test of rigorous scientific analyses, including a companion search in the Hebrew text of 'War and Peace', as a control for comparison. What adds credibility to these claims is that some of these ELSs are quite lengthy, and much of the related information appears tightly packed together as in a crossword puzzle, sometimes appearing as a cross. The longer the string (encoded message), the less likely it is coincidental. Therefore, the conclusion is that many of these messages were intentionally coded. But, what do Jews think of the encoding of Jesus in the Old Testament as the long awaited Messiah? Then, how about the fascinating discoveries relevant to 9/11, as you catch the sense of excitement in the quest for any codes surrounding that event; and they are there! Yes, there are limitations; codes are not time dated, who is speaking to whom, what viewpoint is being expressed, what do some of the messages mean; but, then again, any inquisitive reader will want to investigate the merit of the claims of this book. I did and was not disappointed.
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