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Briefing Short items of interest to Bible code followers.
Correspondence Feedback from our readers.
Codes and Presidential Elections
BCD and Moshe Aharon Shak look at codes pertinent to the U.S. November 2004 presidential election.
Answers to often-asked questions about Bible code software programs.
Photo by Ian Britton
Koran Study Claims Mathematical Patterns
Was the Koran of Islam encoded with mathematical proof of its creation by Allah? An anonymous author on a Moslem web site believes so, and has written an article on his research. Basically, all it really shows is that the author of the Koran intentionally designed several features of it to be multiples of 19. That is something many human authors could do if they wanted to. What is unfortunate is that this intriguing phenomenon is touted as "proof" of the divine origin of the Koran. It is not that.
We have had quite a few queries from visitors to the site about whether the Koran and other religious books are encoded. This is the first we have heard of a mathematical analysis of the Koran. What is interesting is that much of the author's article relies on quotations from the esteemed 11th century Jewish rabbi, Judah the Pious, who wrote about mathematical patterns in the Bible. This is refreshing in a day when the root of the world's turmoil is Islamic hatred of Jews and the nation of Israel—regardless of how justified such hatred is.
Given that 19 is such a symbolic and pervasive number in the Koran, what significance, if any, does the number 19 have in the Bible? The number 19 only appeared six times. Four of them appear in contexts that have no evident symbolic significance. However, two of them, which were virtually copies of one another from two different books, covered the same dramatic story of a very powerful people destroying Israel.
1So in the ninth year of Zedekiah's reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army. He encamped outside the city and built siege works all around it. 2The city was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. 3By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine in the city had become so severe that there was no food for the people to eat. 4Then the city wall was broken through, and the whole army fled at night through the gate between the two walls near the king's garden, though the Babylonians were surrounding the city. They fled toward the Arabah, 5but the Babylonian army pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his soldiers were separated from him and scattered, 6and he was captured. He was taken to the king of Babylon at Riblah, where sentence was pronounced on him. 7They killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes. Then they put out his eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon. 8On the seventh day of the fifth month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard, an official of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. 9He set fire to the temple of the LORD, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down. 10The whole Babylonian army, under the commander of the imperial guard, broke down the walls around Jerusalem. 11Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile the people who remained in the city, along with the rest of the populace and those who had gone over to the king of Babylon. II Kings 25:1-11 (closely parallels Jeremiah 52:1-15).Is this a coincidence, or is the "spirit of 19" one that actively seeks to dislodge the Jews from Palestine?
In reading the last two issues of your newsletter, I was quite intrigued by the articles positing that perhaps some Bible Codes have points of view. As we have yet to discover a "Rosetta Stone" that acts as a Bible Code hermeneutic authority, we do grope in interpretative hypotheses, and a discussion of ideas that can inductively lead to such discovery is much needed.
However, I am curious why the authors seem to give credence to a Catholic point of view, and somehow—at least it seems—this is equivalent to a Christian point of view. I have not come into knowledge that the Catholic Church regards the Bible Code phenomenon as bona fide. Neither would I support an ecumenical view of Christendom. Indeed, if one is to believe that Bible Codes represent a prophetic medium, interpreting Bible Code points of view as belonging to this or that faction of Christianity runs the risk of assigning a point of view that clashes with a faction's particular eschatology, not to mention accepted theological dogma of said group.
Furthermore, an examination of the various factions of Christianity will show marked departures in doctrine.
Very truly yours,
New York, NY
Ed. note: We were not espousing a particular point of view, Catholic, Terrorist, or otherwise. It was merely an observation that came to light during our research; the codes appear to have various points of view.