Batting 1.000:
An Example of Undeniable ELS Underscoring



We are completely astonished at the most recent results of our King David codes research, which we began covering in our September and November issues. These are mosaic patterns of seven-letter ELSs and their appearances in portions of the Old Testament where David is either the subject or the writer of the surface text, along with extensions of these seven-letter ELSs into much longer ones.

As we have compiled additional data on the codes for analysis, we have seen some of the most amazing results we have ever encountered during our study of codes in the Tanakh, with breath-taking numbers that we may be reporting on for many issues to come.

Code researchers have often noted that the subject matter of ELSs “tends” to relate to that of the surface text. We call this “Underscoring” or an “Echo Effect.” Skeptics have often been unmoved by such claims, often with fairly good reason. The tendencies that code researchers have noted have often been based on subjective summaries of scattered anecdotes. Demonstrating anything statistically using evidence of this type is inherently questionable.


1 in 200,000,000

This article presents an example of Underscoring where the odds of chance occurrence of the noted phenomenon are 1 in 200,000,000. Since this was determined using very strict definitions and procedures, it is a strong enough piece of evidence that it should cause skeptics to reconsider their position. Even when we made some of the assumptions harshly demanding, the calculated odds were still 1 in 20,000,000.

The example presented in this article is only an introductory one that is representative of much more extensive and improbable examples of the same type. We are using this example (involving only five ELSs) in part to more simply introduce some new concepts and some new ways of analyzing ELS phenomena. There is much more to come. The claim of skeptics that there are no valid codes is destined to fall from the sheer weight of a continuing flood of compelling evidence.

In November’s Digest we included an article on the general textual locations of King David
()codes. This article works with a subset of that data. It focuses on very precise ways of categorizing the verses where each of the letters of the five King David ELSs with the shortest skips appear in the Tanakh. This provides an example of a way of rigorously evaluating the likelihood that purported links between the content of the surface text and key underlying codes could be due to chance.

What caught our attention about these King David ELSs was that all five appeared in obvious David passages. Furthermore, eight of the ten King David ELSs with the shortest skips were in David contexts. Was this just a fluke or was it solid evidence of intentional encoding? How could we determine the odds?

We also noted that one of the top ten King David ELSs that didn’t appear in a passage where David was literally mentioned was in a messianic prophecy (Daniel 2). That chapter could be seen as pertinent because David is portrayed in the Bible as a type of the messiah. In designing a way of statistically testing things, however, this kind of subjective observation had to be excluded from any tallies. The accusation of stretching things could be raised reasonably.

It is essential to define criteria for strictly and unambiguously labeling any verse as a “David verse” versus one that is not in order to complete a proper tally and apply statistical tests in a truly scientific manner.

In looking at the specific verses where the individual letters of each King David ELS appeared, it was evident that there were several different possible ways that David was either mentioned or clearly involved. We will refer to these ways by letter coding and color coding:

The following table documents application of these criteria to each of the specific verses where the letters of the five King David ELSs with the shortest skips in the Tanakh appeared.

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