In order to grasp a greater appreciation for what God has revealed to us by the pen of men my suggestion is to take up the study of Biblical, or Classical, Hebrew, the language most of the Old Testament was written in. I began that journey as a nineteen-year-old, and am currently forty-three. It is not my profession yet to be a
teacher of the language, but I have been employed by Christian organizations in the past which handled the Bible. (As a side, this included both the distribution and the endorsement of its message.) To me to read in Hebrew, mostly scripture reading anyway, is like a good physical workout. Another thing I enjoy doing is exploring library book sales. About three months ago I turned aside into one of these sales at a library in Illinois and just wondered if something in Hebrew might be on the shelf. What fortune it was to find a big book with Hebrew characters all over the cover!
This book was The Bible Code by Michael Drosnin, published in 1997. I eagerly got into the book but read less and less at each sitting as the novelty wore off. Five years ago I learned that there was one code theme in the Pentateuch. About that time I had also read claims made by a Yahoo Group that for money (!) your fortune could be told using Bible codes. I felt, however, that despite these people it was about time to investigate whether there was more to learn. Now although I have subsequently learned on Wikipedia that Mr. Drosnin published sequels in 2002 and 2010, and I have acquired copies, I still haven’t finished either of them. I do hope to get through them, plus a couple of other works on the topic that I quickly dug up via online shopping. For the moment I will just summarize the original book and present my impressions.
At the outset I was awestruck. Mathematicians and atheists alike were verifying the existence of the equidistant letter sequence Bible code. So there really was something to examine closer up. What were the encoded messages Drosnin dug up? Were they true? How significant were they?
My impression is that the messages chosen by Drosnin to write about were intended to create a thirst for more in the reader. Important news items of the mid-nineties such as the Oklahoma City bombing, Israeli Prime Minister Rabin’s assassination and even the aftermath of the Gulf War being all clearly encoded in the Bible in “clusters”, caught me by surprise.
But not to be overly sensational in presenting the codes to is audience, Drosnin does the wise thing by fleshing out his relationship with Eliyahu Rips. Rips’ co-authored paper with Michael Weitzman was explained and even placed in the book appendix. Thus, a thorough introduction to helping the reader understand the code phenomenon was provided. In my estimation, the double test of finding some sixty Jewish sages in the code, including their places of birth and/or death was a brilliant point of contact to suggesting the supernatural authorship of the plain text.
I was moved to go get my own copy of code software. Still using Windows 98 at home, it was not difficult to match up a vintage program with my computer. Once I finished the tutorial, I got started making my own searches. “Piano” (free-standing) occurs plenty of times. The name of a prominent preacher and author I worked for back in college also showed up without trouble at all being found at least twice. For the sake of it, I also sought out a cluster consisting of “Milwaukee” and “Tom Barrett”. Did it work? It sure did!