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The Bible Code [Paperback]

Michael Drosnin
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15 Dec 1997
For 3000 years a code in the Bible has remained hidden. Now it has been unlocked by computer - and it may reveal our future. The code, broken by an Israeli mathematician, foretells events that happened thousands of years after the Bible was written. It foresaw both Kennedy assassinations, the Oklahoma bombing - everything from World War II to Watergate, from the Holocaust to the Moon landing. Published to a frenzy of media attention, THE BIBLE CODE became a Number One bestseller.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (15 Dec 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752809326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752809328
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Newsweek" Explosive....No wonder the book is causing a sensation. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Michael Drosnin is a reporter, formerly at the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of the international bestsellers CITIZEN HUGHES. THE BIBLE CODE and BIBLE CODE II: the Countdown. He lives and works in New York.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but certainly not very convincing 2 Dec 2003
I had been meaning to read this controversial book for some time now, but only recently did I pick The Bible Code up to see just what all the brouhaha was really about. This is certainly an interesting subject, but I was a little disappointed in the theory, arguments, and proofs presented here. As the book progressed, the open mind I began the book with started to shrink, as Drosnin began to backpedal and hurt his own case. I don't doubt the author's faith in the method and results of his work, but this book falls way short of convincing me that the Bible Code exists and, if so, that its existence is even meaningful. The book has a number of weaknesses. First of all, Drosnin is a former reporter working outside of his trained field; The Bible Code is supposedly built on a sophisticated mathematical model, and its interpretation requires significant knowledge of the Hebrew language in its original form – the original language of the first five books of the Bible. He presents us with printout after printout of data, but all I can do is stare at the Hebrew letters; the actual scientific paper that first delved into this mathematical issue is included in an appendix, but the math is way over my head. Drosnin says other mathematicians have verified that the model is correct, but I just have to take his word for it. I simply don't have any significant data upon which to form an opinion yea or nay about the Bible code. Drosnin may actually have done better to include no illustrations whatsoever; what I see are foreign letters marked in areas all over a given page; it's like a find-a-word puzzle, only the letters of your words don't even have to be connected directly. Odds of given terms "crossing" one another on one page are given, but I still don't know how these odds were determined. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Millenium Wagon Rider? 9 Jan 2003
I'd read this book at the time of its first release (97-98?). While i found the reading experience fast-paced and exciting, the conclusions (as with most books on similar topics) generate more questions, and I was left thirsty for more follow up. The appendices to the book provide the mathematical and scientific methodlogy of the original 'Decoders' and subsequently there are are 5 software decoders i know of circulating on the Net. The main hitch to independent verification is learning/understanding Hebrew as it is a language that has many dualities in sounds for and meanings for different words and phrases... hence knowledge of context and word usage is also important. If you are so inclined, then you will have to research this and validate it for yourself. The original premise, though, is NOT a fantasy... ie. What are the chances of adjective words, statements or dates relating to a particular subject, appearing together in the Bible? eg. What are the chances of my name, birthdate, description of an event in my life, etc appearing in the Bible as opposed to any other Text/Book? The answer is obviously why the book was written, but the reader can easily get caught up in the politics and future-predictions, rather than digesting this eerie phenomena.
As for challenging your belief systems, that is an open question you must ask yourself at the end of the book - why did i buy/read this in the first place? I guess that is where Bible Code 2 comes in... but as a reader, this book was one of a few that started me off on my own 'investigation' of the answers.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Bible Code is a hoax 7 Oct 1998
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How does the Bible Code work? It's a giant 'find the word' puzzle with a number of tricks which make it easier to find words. These tricks should be apparent to someone with even the most rudimentary knowledge of Hebrew, but in the book the Hebrew letters are shown in the code samples, but they are never analyzed. Drosnin never mentions whether the "word" he finds is generally translated the way he translates it, or whether his way is an unusual alternative with many more likely translations. For example, the word he translates "assassin" in connection with Yitzak Rabin's assassination is generally translated "murder" or "murderer" in the Bible. While some of the discoveries seem unlikely, difficult to account for, here are some things to bear in mind when considering the validity of the code:
1. Bear in mind that in finding the code, the Torah is placed on the computer-equivalent of a cylinder which can be expanded or contracted until a match is found. With every letter added to the horizontal length of the lines, a whole new set of words becomes possible vertically and diagonally (they remain the same horizontally). The reference to the ten commandments being computer-generated is found in a segment only ten letters wide, whereas some words have letters spaced chapters apart-which can be juxtaposed only by expanding the cylinder to a thousand letters or more in width.
2. The hardest part to find is a person's name, but given that the name can be read in any direction, with any number of equidistant spaces between the letters, and that the computer can adjust the line length, and that any possible variation of spelling is allowed, and that abbreviations, initials, and nicknames are allowed, the wonder would be if any name could not be found (see p. 27).
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