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Also known as the Torah Code, the Bible Code is a series of messages alleged to form a part of the Bible text which, when decoded, forms words and phrases that are supposed to demonstrate foreknowledge and prophecy. Other Bible codes have been discussed and studied for centuries, and the subject has become popularized in contemporary times through Michael Drosnin's book, The Bible Code; the movie, The Omega Code, and other modern books and films. In recent years, computers have been used to search for patterns and variants. The traditional use of Bible codes is that these codes must be based strictly on the Torah, and that any attempt to study Bible codes outside of the Torah is invalid. This is based on the belief that the Torah was given directly to mankind by God, through Moses, in exact letter-by-letter sequence, and in the original Hebrew language. However, others have found hidden messages within the text of the King James Version of the Bible. In 1994, Doyon Witztum, Eliyahu Rips and Yoav Rosenberg published a paper in the scientific journal, Statistical Science, presenting strong statistical evidence of biographical information about famous rabbis being encoded in the text of the Book of Genesis centuries before these rabbis lived. Although patterns have been found, the objection against these findings is that information theory does not prohibit noise from appearing to be sometimes meaningful. One argument against the validity of Bible codes is that the exact order of consonantal letters in the Hebrew Masoretic Text was only finalized in the first century, and the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has demonstrated that the number of letters was not constant prior to this time.


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