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What is the Bible Codes theory?

This theory states that encrypted in the Hebrew Scriptures are encoded messages, which can be searched for and discovered using a decoding system based on equal distance intervals between the letters that form the code.

Who discovered the existence of the Bible Codes?

An ancient Jewish tradition states that God dictated the Torah, (the first 5 books of the Bible), to Moses, letter by letter, and that encrypted in the text are names and events.

Several years ago, three Israeli mathematicians, (Professor Elyahu Rips, a world renown scientist from the Hebrew University and his colleagues, Doron Witztum and Yoav Rosenberg), decided to study this belief with the help of computers. They programmed a computer to scan the Book of Genesis and search by “skip code”, (a decoding technique called ELS, Equidistant Letter Sequences), for the encrypted names of 32 sages who lived between the 9th and 18th centuries, checking every nth letter, where n can take any value.

The program found all the names, with the odds against this occurring by chance calculated at 62,500 to 1.The researchers published the results of their research in 1994, in the scholarly journal Statistical Science, (Statistical Science 9:429-438)

What is the “skip code”?

The skip code is a decryption method that takes every nth letter, (where the n value can be any number, from a minimum of 1 to a user specified number which can be several thousands), and groups them to see if they form a word or phrase, (which we call the “code”), specified by the researcher.

The program arranges the Torah, (first five books of the Bible), into a continuous string of 304,805 Hebrew letters, and starts searching for the specified code, from the first letter of Genesis, (or from any other specified starting point), skipping from letter to letter by the specified distance. If the program does not find the specified word, it starts with the second letter of Genesis, and repeats the skip search. Then it starts with the third letter, and so on until if finds the specified word. If, and when, the code is found the program rearranges the text into an array whose length is the nth distance in the skip code. For example the Hebrew letters in Yitzhak Rabin's name are found with a distance between them of 4772, (between Deuteronomy 2:33 to Deuteronomy 24:16), therefore the array is 4772 letters across.

Is there internal evidence in the Bible for the existence of the Bible Codes?

The following are some of the verses which are the basis for believing the existence of the Bible codes:

a) “And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.” Exodus 34:27

b) “And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished.” Deuteronomy 31:24

c) “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:4

d) “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 5:18

Is Bible Codes 2000 the same program used by Professor Rips in his pioneering research?

Bible Codes 2000 uses the same mathematical “skip code” method used by Dr. Rips, but it is not the same software. Dr. Rips did his pioneering research in the 80’s, before the advent of Windows, and published his findings in 1994. Computronic Corporation, the leading Israeli developer of Bible software, uses the same skip code in its own program, developed under Windows, adding at the same time many other features, which are described below.

The program includes the text of the whole Tanach, from Genesis to II Chronicles. Its Hebrew text is the authorized Koren text, shown with “nikud“ (vowels).

Can Bible Codes 2000 replicate and confirm the discoveries which appear in the several books about the codes which have been published?

The answer is yes! You can search, replicate and confirm by yourself every single one of the discoveries revealed in the several code books which have been published and, of course, you can also do your own searching and make your own discoveries. The letters that form the code will appear on a list and also in the text highlighted in another color. The program allows you to color individually any other letter or word in the array, vertically, diagonally or horizontally, in what is called the “crossword puzzle” effect, and print it.

What other features does Bible Codes 2000 have?

Bible Codes 2000 has been designed to help biblical students and scholars to explore the hidden dimensions and depths of the Hebrew Bible's text, not only by searching for hidden codes, but by using other tools such as concordance, verse retrieval, letter analysis, and others which appear in the List of Features.

What are the program requirements?

To use the Bible Codes 2000 program you need an IBM or compatible, with a minimum of 8 MB of RAM, a hard disk drive with at least 70 MB of available disk space, a CD drive, a VGA or higher resolution monitor, and Microsoft Windows. It can be used in Macintosh computers which have the hardware and software to emulate PC computers.

Does the program include a manual?

Yes! The program includes a detailed manual, and on line help files as well as tutorials, but it is so easy to use that most likely you will not find it necessary to consult the manual.

My Windows system is not Hebrew supporting. Will I be able to see Hebrew on the screen?

Yes! The program shows the text in the Hebrew characters whether your system is Hebrew supporting, (i.e. Windows Israel) or not (Windows USA and other countries). You will also be able to print Hebrew text directly from the program, or cut and paste Hebrew to your word processor.

I don’t know Hebrew. Would that prevent me from using the program?

Not at all! Although the codes are found on the original Hebrew text, encrypted in Hebrew characters, you can specify a search code in English. The program, using its built-in bilingual English/Hebrew - Hebrew/English dictionary and other bilingual data bases, will translate the code to Hebrew, search, retrieve the matrix, and translate the found words from Hebrew back to English.

What is Super Milon / Jerusalem Dictionary?

Although, with Bible Codes 2000 there is no need for an additional program to search the Bible, we offer a companion program, which is always in the background of the screen, ready to help you learn Hebrew or improve your knowledge of the language: Super Milon is an extensive English/Hebrew, Hebrew/English dictionary thesaurus, which includes bilingual synonyms, antonyms, thousands of phrases and expressions translated from one language to the other, and the conjugatations to thousands of Hebrew verbs. A great tool for students of Hebrew! Our lastest version of Super Milon which also works under WINDOWS 95, 98, ME, 2000 and NT has been upgraded with new advanced features, it will also translate words from Hebrew web sites.

 

 

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