The "Da Vinci Code"|
The art and science of doing the codes—Part 3 continued
Terms Interconnection Part III: DOUBLEDAY
In this cluster from the main matrix, Doubleday and da Vinci are not statistically very significant. Typically, I would ignore those slightly significant terms. As a cluster, however, Doubleday is the center of the name of the book it published. The cluster also elaborates on the term "code." It is a "sort of—or type" of a code.
I found of great interest the verse that runs through the name da Vinci: Genesis 19:19—Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shown unto me . . . As if da Vinci is thanking G-d for . . . I found it very artistic.
This cluster starts at Genesis Ch 18, V 28, Letter 15, and ends at Genesis Ch 21, V 18, L 35.
Terms Interconnection Part IV: DOUBLE or MULTI-MEANING
A. The art in the art of multi-meanings
Let us look at the term: —From a painting of a painter: "Get them married." Part of the theme of the book is Leonardo's paintings and their symbols. One painting that is prominent in the book is "The Last Supper." The novel claims that the painting is there to show that Jesus was married to a woman shown in it. The term above paints a vivid picture: The painting is commanding, "get them married." There is no exact science in my opinion to draw a definite conclusion based on that single term even if the entire matrix is otherwise perfect. On the other hand, the term is very artistic in describing a major theme of the book.
1. The painting is not just from anyone. It is from a (famous) painter.
2. Another theme-building meaning is from a painter's painting LIFT THEM UP!
3. Another theme-building meaning is from a painter's painting THAT IF . . . (Say, one of the figures in the picture is a woman . . . )
4. Another theme-building meaning is from a painter's painting THAT A MOTHER . . . (Say, a mother of the offspring of Jesus . . . is in the picture).
B. Interconnecting—double meaning
We are still in the middle of "the last supper." The question is who is "that person?" Is this one of da Vinci's codes? The Bible codes suggest that it is. We cannot establish that it is a divine verification that Jesus was married, or a da Vinci verification of what is drawn in the picture. What is even more interesting is the second double meaning of the term—. In the matrix, the term is not very statistically significant unless we add the letter mem that signifies "from." However, if we appreciate that this term shares letters with the term(s) as shown in the mini table below—a completely new statistical significance is revealed. Note: The statistics below apply to the whole matrix, NOT the table below.
A major issue in the book is "Who is Mary Magdalene?" Is she a harlot or a royal blood—holiness? In Hebrew, the term "holiness" is spelled exactly as "a harlot"—. The codes confirm the issues revolving around 1) the wife/not a wife in the picture, and 2) holiness vs. a harlot.
The cluster starts at Genesis Ch 3, V 20, L 3, and ends at Genesis Ch 20, V 3, L 18.
C. The confirmation
Sections A and B above are two testimonies about a reference in the Bible code, as is the case in the "Da Vinci Code," to Jesus' purported wife. The Bible codes however have a few more references to the subject, as can be seen in the main matrix table and two examples in the mini table below.
Finding the beginning
In my book, Bible Codes Breakthrough, I describe "my scientific" approach to starting a matrix. In most cases, it worked very well for me. Sometimes as in this case, the science is not very well defined. Leonardo is spelled in the media in at least two different ways. Da Vinci is also spelled at least two different ways. There are two different ways to say Code in Hebrew, and both are used in the media to label the name of the book (although only one version is used in the book itself).
So how do we decide which is the most important term(s) and what spelling do we use? It is not an exact science. Should the main term be Leonardo? Da Vinci? Alternatively, perhaps it should be Code or Dan Brown? There are other options as well. I cannot justify choosing one set of parameters over another. What finally made me go all out with my initial try were a few terms that convinced me that I am at the right location.
Because of how I chose a unique approach for developing a specific matrix, I cannot call it scientific. In this case, it was partly trial without error. There is as much art to it as science. I tried and was successful. That does not mean that a better matrix cannot be developed in another area in the Bible. The book's spelling of both Leonardo and da Vinci are indeed not the spellings that I used in my matrix. On the other hand, I did not have the book in my hands when I started the research. I did look up the names on the Internet and found a few versions. Maybe I was lucky not to have had the book at the start.
Finally, I believe that art and science played a role in my finding this particular matrix. Science? Well, I always claimed that the shortest skip of a term is extremely important. In my Colombia disaster matrices, I found two very meaningful matrices. Both were at their respective lowest skip of the particular acceptable spelling of Colombia. In this matrix, da Vinci is in its absolutely lowest acceptable skip.
Did the developed matrix answer any questions about the book? Is it all about the book? Did it give me any message? From the above and the table below you can draw your own conclusions. On the other hand, to me the matrix is very much about the book. The key words DAVINCI and CODE are there. Several codes describe very well da Vinci. A very strong term spells out that There is a code there and There is his name code. The matrix spells out that it is a book, by Brown, and by Doubleday. It indicates that there are codes, symbols, and secrets. The main plot is there about murder, Jesus' wife, and codes raise the question of whether she was holy or a harlot. The book raised this fundamental issue. Another cornerstone of the "Da Vinci Code" is the picture of the Last Supper. The matrix refers to the suggestion in the book that From a painting of a painter: Get them married. The above is only a brief summary of the some of the terms. It does not deal with all the terms or aspects of the matrix.
At the very least, the matrix downplays the significance of the "Da Vinci Codes." Ed Sherman brought to my attention several write-ups that strongly challenge those "codes."
ChristianityToday.com article on "Decoding The Da Vinci Code"
CrisisMagazine.com article on "Dismantling The Da Vinci Code"
Institute for Religious Research, IRR.org article on "Cracks in The Da Vinci Code"
The matrix at this point may not resolve some critical issues, but it certainly touches on the key issues raised by the novel. However, most important of all—once again it emphasizes who is the ultimate coder.
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