reply to post by SickeningTruths
The Idea is, (for example) if you took the first letter of every word, or every paragraph or whatever, at the end of the book you will
have a hidden message. i guess? i dunno..
Not exactly. Basically it works (supposedly) through equidistant letter skipping - this means you'll start at one letter, skip...8 letters, for
example, and then another 8, another 8, etc. to get words that are hidden in the surface test.
They'll take the original hebrew - I would assume the masoretic text - and lay it out in a grid, say 100 characters arranges 10X10. Computer programs
will search the selected text for target words the researchers are looking for (think like a crossword puzzle) spaced out over various distances like
my 8-letter skip example above.
The same text can also be rehashed for additional searches by changing the grid layout - reorganize the 100 characters into a 20X5 grid, for example
(or 25X4, and so on) for other results to be found.
There's been all sorts of debates over the validity of this, with some researchers saying you can do the same thing with any other text - but I'd
figure it would be fairly easy to either validate it or shut the book on it altogether with pretty simple statistical comparisons, in that case. And
since the debate goes on, I'd ASSUME they haven't been able to disprove it outright - but it's been a LONG time since I've looked into the bible
codes. Anything found seems to be judged more statistically significant if the grouping of the various words is tight (as well as the number of
related words in it) as compared to being spread out over LONG skips.
It IS definitely interesting the Michael Drosnin, author of some books on this as others have mentioned, did actually try to warn Israeli prime
minister (I believe) Yitzhak Rabin about an assassination attempt prior to him actually being assassinated due to finding a related grid in the
reply to post by LightningStrikesHere
You seem to be thinking about the Chronicle Project
here (search ATS for the thread), but I
wasn't too impressed with it. Even the translations that they put out didn't seem to alter the story much at all, primarily it just seemed to change
some of the terms...which were kind of already there in the hebrew and common fodder for ancient alien theorists as well as myself. Will need to
check back into this for any more recent updates.
reply to post by zachi
I could be wrong on this, but I don't think I'd trust any results found in english translations given the peculiarities of hebrew and issue with
possible losses in translation?
reply to post by Sigismundus
Hmmm. Thanks for this, I will definitely have to look further into it as I wasn't aware. May post back to you on this after looking into it.
Do you happen to know offhand what the masoretes used as their source material, as I know they guarded the transmission and transcription very
carefully after that?
Also, claim of no original source text available being considered, this would seem to tie back well into easy confirmation or denial one way or the
other by solid and consistent cross-checks against a range of other texts. Perhaps ALL the disagreeing source of the hebrew scriptures are valid and
encode separate information? Otherwise, I can't see this debate having gone on this long if any text will replicate the same results (which seem to
have been validated at least as regards the hebrew scriptures themselves).
reply to post by Unity_99
Hebrew wasn't a language even at the time of Moses
I won't argue currently as I've never looked into this previously, but among others, Robert Clayton and Charles Forster allegedly identified
inscriptions in Sinai as being a mix of hebrew (possible paleohebrew?) and egyptian characters. Are you able to address these claims?
I think that's all I've got for now on this thread. The bible code is definitely a neat claim, if nothing else. Take care, all.
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