What is the Bible Code?

By: Dana H

The was a book written by Michael Drosnin in 1997, received enormous publicity, and become an international phenomena. The idea is that there are hidden messages in the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, predictions about the future, that can only be unearthed by computers.

The concept behind The is not new. Jewish mystics for the past 2,000 years have talked about similar ideas. The thinking is that the Hebrew text of the Old Testament was dictated, letter by letter, by God Himself to Moses, and so each letter has a mystic symbolism, each word has layer upon layer of meaning, and if we could only decipher the layers of meaning, we would reach spiritual nirvana, or be able to heal the sick, or summon demons, or whatever. Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah) and numerology (gematria) all rely on playing word-games with the original Bible text.
What Drosnin (and his predecessor Eliyahu Rips of Hebrew University in Israel) brought that was new was the computer. They basically took the text of the Bible, had the computer spread it out in a row-by-column matrix and then look for patterns that only a computer could detect. And the results were surprising such as the name "Rabin" overlaid with the word "assassinated," the names of several important figures throughout Jewish history also sprung up.
Then they claimed to have run statistical tests, indicating that the odds against these hidden messages being pure coincidence were a zillion to one.

This is how the works, ancient Hebrew has no vowels and no punctuation. Furthermore, the letters can also represent numbers. Rather than try to teach you ancient Hebrew, let's use English as an example. First, we need to set up a number equivalency, similar to ancient Hebrew, as follows:
A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, D = 4, . . . , H = 8, I = 9, J = 10, K = 20, L = 30, M = 40, . . . , S = 100, T = 200, . . .

With this bible code in place we can see patterns that were not visible before. The bible code can also harness the power of your home computer using bible code software to decode the bible for you own eyes. To learn more about the bible code or to find the software to break the bible code please visit

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