The Da Vinci Code: What Bible Codes Have to Say


With the release of the movie, The Da Vinci Code, based on the bestselling novel, and the fact that the novel has become a cultural phenomenon, many people interested in Bible codes have wondered if there are codes about the novel and/or movie. The January/February 2005 issue of Bible Code Digest includes an article by code researcher Moshe Shak about the novel.

Curiously, Shak's findings go right to the heart of key issues about codes, seemingly providing answers to key questions such as:
  • Did the author of the Torah know 3,000 years ago that Dan Brown was going to write his bestseller?
  • Is there a difference between the validity of the codes Dan Brown describes and those found in the Bible?
  • Do Bible codes confirm or contest the controversial positions about Jesus, Mary Magdalene and the Catholic Church in the novel?

Shak's article presents the following findings about the novel from Genesis 1-20:





New Codes About the Movie

More recently, with the release of the movie in May 2006, Shak looked for and found the following terms of interest in the same portion of Genesis:





Shak then looked for extensions to these terms and found four of real interest. First, he found a 26-letter-long code that could be seen as directly commenting on the movie. The code says:


Columbia does not have words of truth.
Where? Draw near. Nonsense! Woe!



He also found a very brief extension to A. Tautou that reads, This is A. Tautou.


At our request, Shak examined a SONY ELS in Genesis 4 and found the following 33-letter-long code with a very small skip of minus seven:


Hey, Oh daughter of SONY, sing! "Not the time." Echo, be accurate!
Ha, Ha, Ha. G-d: "I shall erase (the) song."



While the above code is potentially enigmatic, it does lend itself to the following interpretations:
  • Columbia is owned by SONY, and so it would seem poetic to refer to Columbia Pictures as a daughter of SONY.
  • That Columbia would be commanded to sing makes sense for a company known for decades for its records, tapes and CDs.
  • In a real sense, the movie is an echo of the novel. That an echo is being exhorted to be accurate seems descriptive of the efforts of many to point out alleged inaccuracies and distortions in the "historical" basis of Dan Brown's novel.
  • That laughter follows the exhortation to be accurate would seem to imply that whoever is speaking believes that the inaccuracies of the echo (movie?) are so blatant as to be laughable.
  • That the code ends with G-d saying, I shall erase the song, leaves one with the impression that, whatever the song is, G-d is displeased with it.

Again, at our request, he also examined a Langdon ELS in Genesis 4 and found this extended 13-letter-long code:


Langdon on the origin . . .



This seems highly appropriate to the novel because Robert Langdon is always speculating about the origin of this or that symbol in religion and/or culture. The novel presents him as a Professor of Religious Symbology at Harvard.

Shak also was able to see a 14-letter-long code based on including one additional letter beyond the previous code. That code reads:


Langdon . . . Their origin rose . . .


For details regarding the Hebrew of the new codes about the movie, read Recent Da Vinci Code Discoveries.


More Codes About the Book

In his January/February 2005 article, Shak also disclosed numerous phrases/sentences that seem particularly descriptive of the novel. That most of these are longer also makes them much more improbable and convincing:





What is also quite striking are numerous longer codes that appear to express an opinion regarding the validity of the codes presented in the novel:

  • An author spelled it all. Will there be quality?
  • His code he writes.
  • Who will spell out codes? The truth, my clients (book buyers?)
  • This is the way he planted an invention.
  • Did a writer spell it all?
  • D. Brown bit.
  • Created/cheated a code here.
  • Brings me a lie. Who to the signalman/producer? A deceiver/cheater.
  • A lie of astonishment.
  • Because a mouth scattered a code . . . Thoroughly examined.

These codes leave the impression that the codes in Dan Brown's novel are fictitious. Clearly, all the codes relating to the plot are admittedly so. This concern easily carries over to the extensive, controversial suppositions espoused in the novel.

At the top of the matrix of codes Shak found a pointed, lengthy code about Bible codes:


From God codes were spelled. True is my Creator.



This code draws a strong contrast to the quality of the codes in Dan Brown's novel.

One is reminded of the contest between Moses and Aaron and the Pharaoh's magicians in producing miracles (Exodus 7:6-8:19).
  • First, Aaron threw down his staff in front of Pharaoh, and it became a snake.
  • Pharaoh's magicians did the same. However, Aaron's staff swallowed up the staffs of the magicians.
  • Next, Aaron struck the Nile with his staff and the river turned to blood.
  • The magicians did the same.
  • As a third miracle, Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt and frogs covered the land.
  • The magicians also produced loads of frogs.
  • Finally, Aaron produced a plague of gnats (or lice?), but the magicians could not do the same.
  • In the end, "The magicians said to Pharaoh, 'This is the finger of God.' " (Exodus 8:19a, NKJV)

Arguably, Bible codes are the gnats of God. There are always uncertainties about the content and message of any given code, but taken as a whole, there are far too many codes for the entire phenomenon to just be a coincidence.

Are the claims about Jesus, Mary Magdalene and the Catholic Church set forth in The Da Vinci Code valid or not? That question has stirred a very heated debate.

Regardless of one's views on this controversy, what is clear is that the examples of codes relevant to the storyline of the bestseller are clearly fictional. Yet Dan Brown's numerous code examples play a major role in heightening suspense in the novel, thereby, also stirring the curiosity of readers about codes in general. In reality, however, whatever fascination one may have about codes presented in the novel, those codes are fictional. In venturing beyond the imaginary into possibly real codes in the historic text of the Hebrew Bible, what we find are substantive Bible codes about The Da Vinci Code itself.



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