Thursday, May 13, 2021

Something About the Bible Codes

Torah! Torah! Torah!

Speaking of Bible-quoting Lewis from yesterday, I found an email in the archives from 2004 where someone commented on Bellairs’s frequent use of quoting the Bible and references to religious interests and pointed toward the Bible Code:
...also known as the Torah code, is a purported set of encoded words hidden within the Hebrew text of the Torah that, according to proponents of the theory, have seemingly predicted significant historical events. The statistical likelihood of the Bible code arising by chance has been thoroughly researched, and it is now widely considered to be statistically insignificant, as similar phenomena can be observed in any sufficiently lengthy text.
Meaning what exactly?
One cited example is that by taking every 50th letter of the Book of Genesis starting with the first taw, the Hebrew word "torah" is spelled out. The same happens in the Book of Exodus. Modern computers have been used to search for similar patterns and more complex variants, as well as quantifying its statistical likelihood.
The archived email noted Brendan McKay's website, where one can suffer through the “evidence” of famous assassinations foretold in Moby-Dick – among those being Dr. Martin Luther King, American presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, and Princess Diana. Right.

I think the archived email was hinting we should go through and apply similar methods to Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies (1966) or perhaps something else in the Bellairs Corpus to see what secrets those books hold.

While I can see Bellairs being mildly interested in the concept of the Bible Code, I note the Bellairsia admins did not reply to the email. I’ll leave it to others or some sort of super-fan to delve into this topic. Get back with us when you can!

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