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Update on the Incredible Isaiah 53 Cluster This astonishing cluster of codes centered on the final days of Jesus Christ has yielded up more faith-building ELSs, including the longest code ever discovered. The details are included in a short article about the latest discoveries.




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Software Maker Releases New Product

Computronic Corporation, creator of the Bible Codes 2000 search software, releases a new product this month that combines several features important to code researchers in one package. On top of an improved search software component, the package offers
  • Ability to turn a matrix vertically, horizontally, or reversing it as a mirrored image
  • Ability to draw a specified area in the matrix for statistical analysis of the codes in that area
  • Ability to produce a 4-page report of the found code (parameters, findings, matrix information and statistics), which can be printed or saved in Word format
  • Seven Gematria methods (numerical methods of analyzing text), plus one user specified option
    Four Letter Substitution options
  • Verse retrieval from either the Hebrew or English text, which can then be placed in a separate file and exported to your word processor
  • A description of all the Biblical Festivals and their verse references
  • A detailed Chronology of all of the events in the Bible
  • Calendar date converter (Gregorian to Hebrew and vice versa)
  • Torah and Prophet readings for the week (Ashkenazi or Sephardi tradition)
  • Rashi (Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac)commentaries of the Torah
  • The 613 commandments of the Torah according to Maimonides
  • Plus four bonus items: The Bible Quiz, a family Bible game; a Bible Screen Saver Slide Show; a movie clip presentation of the Bible Codes; and a collection of over 100 illustrations of the Bible, which you can copy and paste.
Suggested retail price will be $79.95. Computronic will continue to offer Bible Codes 2000 at $49.95.

Our problem with the new package is its title, The Keys to the Bible. We strongly disagree with it because, as Christian students of the Bible know, the true keys to the Bible are prayer, faithful study of the Scriptures and personal experience of its truths lived out in daily life. At best, this software merely provides aids to those who practice the keys.

Although we expressed our reservations about the title to Computronic as soon as we learned of their plans, they felt equally strongly that the title was a non-issue. We plan to offer the new package for sale in our on line store with a caveat to shoppers regarding the title.

British Complete Trifecta with Newspaper Review

The Daily Express of the UK published an article by Toby Moore called “The book that’s caused a holy row” on Thursday, November 20, 2003. In the article, Moore discusses Michael Drosnin’s book “The Bible Code” and the BBC Two Horizon program “The Bible Code,” which would air that evening on BBC Two, Thursday, November 20, 2003, at 9:00 p.m.

Just as with the Horizon program itself, we are disappointed with the Daily Express and reporter Toby Moore for not doing their homework. It appears that in order to sell a newspaper or a television program, journalists prefer to parrot Drosnin’s wild claims rather than research them.
Again, we find the omission of the fact that Eliyahu Rips does not support Drosnin’s work astonishing. As we noted in our review of the Horizon program, Rips declares in a public statement that all attempts to extract predictions from Bible Codes are “futile and are of no value” and that he does “not support Mr. Drosnin’s work on the Codes, nor the conclusions he derives.”

The Daily Express article primarily reiterates the Horizon program’s presentation of Bible Code research and researchers. An exception is found in the last section of the article where Moore interviews Rabbi Jonathan Romain, spokesman for the Reform Synagogue of Great Britain. Rabbi Romain comments that Bible Codes are “all rubbish” and that he has been able to predict football results from codes found in newspaper articles.

However, once again the sensational wins out as Moore returns to Drosnin’s claims to wrap up the article, only back-peddling long enough to say that maybe the rest of us would prefer Rabbi Romains’ advice, “I’d go with Mystic Meg over the Bible Code every time.”

In this article, the debate over Bible Codes is presented as highly polarized: Either you are in the Drosnin camp or you’re not. For the reading public, this leaves no room for serious Bible Code research performed by qualified researchers. Whatever happened to reporting facts?

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