Codes in Other Texts
Have other Hebrew texts the size of the Torah been searched for Codes? Have tests been done on the "New Testament" concerning codes?
The Aish Rabbi Replies:
It is self-evident that one can find ELSs of words in any text. One could easily find "encoded words" in Harry Potter, the Manhattan telephone directory, or even on the side of a box of cereal.
The question is not one of finding ELSs. The simple fact is that no one has found the statistically significant effect found in Genesis. The Hebrew version of War and Peace was searched, as well as the novel Hachnasat Kalla by Nobel Prize-winning Israeli author Shai Agnon. Neither produced any statistically meaningful Codes results.
The issue is what is the statistical validity of such codes. To be valid, a code must be "a priori," meaning that the parameters of the search are defined beforehand. This is the methodology employed for the Great Rabbis Experiment.
Without this "a priori" factor, we found codes of "messiahs," including “Yeshua” (Jesus), “Mohammed” and “Krishna”. Furthermore, names like David Koresh, (the self-proclaimed Messiah responsible for the death of over 100 cult followers in Texas) and Reverend Moon are found encoded in the Torah.
So the issue comes down to one of statistical significance. If you want to know what separates a true code from a fake code, you need to talk to the statisticians.
No religion besides Judaism claims to have a book that is a letter-for-letter divine message from God. Codes cannot be accurately searched in the New Testament, because there are thousands of variant versions of the text. Thus there would be no statistically significant way to search through all the variant texts.
Christians claim that God revealed to us that Jesus is the Messiah since “Yeshua” is found in hundreds of passages throughout the Bible. This is an extremely dangerous and irresponsible misuse of the authentic Codes phenomenon. One could use this form of "codes research" to reach many spiritually absurd conclusions.
In his 13 Principles of Faith, Maimonides includes the belief that "the Torah which we have today is that given to Moshe on Mount Sinai." One of the many methods of preserving the accuracy of any Torah scroll was by comparing it to "Sefer Ha'Azarah," a flawless copy of the Torah which was kept in the courtyard of the Holy Temple. (see Talmud – Moed Katan, and Maimonides – Tefillin 7:2)
How can we be sure that the text we have today is correct? God knew when computers would become available, and therefore gauged what the Torah would need to look like at that time. Obviously this is the text God intended for us to have.
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