“The Bible Code” is an extremely interesting book, it explains the highly controversial code that is claimed to be inherent in the ‘Torah’, the first five books of the Bible.
Michael Drosnin explains the phenomena of the Bible code in layman terms, which was discovered in its extant form by the Israeli mathematician Eli Rips. Though Rips was the first person to apply a computer program to the Bible in order to find the code, he was not the first to search for a hidden code in the Bible. A Rabbi in Czechoslovakia 50 years ago searched for a code that he believed was in the Bible. He found that if he noted the first letter in the book of Genesis, then continually skipped 50 letters, noting the letter for every skip, he found that the word ‘torah’ appeared. And this occurred in Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy as well. Even Sir Isaac Newton spent a considerable amount of time searching for a code in the Bible.
Drosnin shows the great many prophetic ‘messages’ that can be found in the Bible. He also documents his travels in the Middle East, trying, in most cases in vain, to warn the relevant people what is in the code, and their fate that is predicted in it.
It must be noted though, that despite the fact that Drosnin documents his great deal of correspondence with Eli Rips and other scholars dealing with the code, these authorities on the Bible code vehemently appose certain extrapolations that Drosnins draws from the code itself. So readers beware, some of Drosnins views are not held by the experts and should be ‘taken with a pinch of salt’.
Overall this is a remarkable book which documents a remarkable phenomenon. “The Bible Code” makes for a quite enjoyable read.