Tuesday, September 22, 2009

REVIEW: Bible Code Bombshell by R. Edwin Sherman

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to R. Edwin Sherman and New Leaf Publishing Group for sending me a copy of "Bible Code Bombshell" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, and I am trying to improve at being consistent in taking the time to thank these wonderfully giving individuals in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

R. Edwin Sherman’s “Bible Code Bombshell” intrigued me. So, I grabbed this book and scanned the table of contents. I jumped right to chapter 4: Using the Isaiah 53 Cluster to Answer Code Skeptics. Big mistake. This book is not fluff, and must be read in sequence if you are not familiar with these concepts already. So, I recommend starting at the beginning to gain a full foundation of the concepts of this form of analysis.

Sherman is the founder of the Isaac Newton Bible Code Research Society (www.biblecodedigest.com). He presents an in-depth (yet I’m sure this book only scratches the surface) analysis of several sources, Biblical and secular. This book is a very heady read, and it’s going to take me some time to digest.

1 comment:

Norm Patriquin said...

Not really sure about Bible codes but suspect there is something to them. I've run across another different but related discovery. Sorry for all the supporting text in this message but I've found if I don't give some simple explanations up front it's very difficult to consider the concept.

This is going to sound like I just discovered the Bible yesterday and now think I've found something nobody's ever seen--the reality is that I began to catch glimpses of an apparently undiscovered pattern in the Bible OT/NT back in 1999. It was 2 years later I became convinced it was real and I was not seeing patterns that really don't exist. The premise is that the Bible contains a pattern in how the text was written that is confirmed and pointed to by the Bibles numbers. The pattern reveals God's ten part plan of redemption and more.

Below are a few evidences designed only to help people see the possibility of such a discovery--they are not intended to convince. As you consider the evidences try to suspend your thoughts about how impossible this is for a couple of minutes and truly consider how these interesting verse/number combination's came to be.

Evidence you can have fun with:

#1 Psalms 117 is the middle chapter of the Bible and is also the shortest and only two verse chapter in the Bible – How did it get at this very unique centerpoint location? It's cross bible chapter numbers also point to the split between the OT and NT but that's another story.

#2 John 3, home of John 3:16 in the 1000th chapter – 1000 is said by Josephus to be God’s number of perfection—The most important chapter at the perfect position—How?

#3 Psalms 22, Jesus on the cross --the 500th chapter – one of most important chapters with very unique chapter number is a bit too interesting to be coincidence.

#4 The 24,000th Bible verse is Matthew 24:42 a verse 42 about the DAY of the LORD in a chapter 24 about the DAY of the LORD. (42 is 24 in reverse) A little signpost by God telling us...pay attention! A mathematician has calculated the probabilities of all of these 5 intersections being a product of chance as less than one in billions—statistically impossible.

#5 Rev 14:4 - the Bible's description of the 144,000 (note verse ref closely) There's too many such finds throughout scripture to be coincidence.

These are very simple facts anyone can confirm for themselves with any KJV like structured Bible and are just five of 1000s I could offer. Before dismissing these confirmable facts as coincidence ask yourself why. It is because the premise is impossible and there's no other explanation than coincidence, or because you really think these things just happened by chance? If you can't comfortably declare these as coincidence then I think it is worth considering that God might have done the inconceivable--inspired the numbering of the Bible and more importantly- wrote the text to themes pointed to by numbers. Remember, men wrote the 66 books and we call them inspired and men canonized the scriptures and we call them inspired. No reason men were not also inspired when they assigned the numbers hundreds of years later (We must assume they were not really aware God was working through them).

Note, this is not about selling books, but is about getting the word out about this discovery. I will be happy to send you a copy.