I was a cohost on this Peeranormal episode, about Bible codes. Along with Michael Heiser, Doug Overmyer, Doug Van Dorn and Trey Stricklin.
Back in mid-nineties a peer-reviewed article was published that sought to legitimize the idea that the Hebrew text of Genesis encrypted meaningful information about modern persons and events. Their method for detecting the presumed encrypted knowledge was known as equidistant letter sequencing (ELS).This article (Witztum, Rips, and Rosenberg) became a reference point for journalist Michael Drosnin, who wrote the bestselling book, The Bible Code, shortly thereafter. Subsequent to the success of Drosnin’s book, Bible-code research expanded to the full Torah and beyond, to the rest of the Hebrew Bible. In this episode we ask whether there is such a thing as ELS Bible codes. Have other statisticians and biblical scholars agreed with Witztum, Rips, and Rosenberg, or are there serious problems with the method and its assumptions?
3 comments on “Bible Codes: Prophecy or Lunacy? – Peeranormal Podcast Episode”
I’m not a historian of those details. But I do understand that is basically the case. But it’s not important to me, WHEN, but WHAT. It is the doctrine itself that is unbiblical no matter when it came into being.
Hi Brian. It is often said that the Rapture and dispensationalism in general were made up mostly by John Nelson Darby, and that no christians before him believed in those things. Do you know anything about that?