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The Bible Code
 
 
The Bible Code, by Michael Drosnin, was published by Simon & Schuster in May 1997. The basic thesis of this book is that mathematical analysis reveals that the Hebrew Bible contains coded messages which predict the future. Among the events said to be predicted are the Holocaust, Hiroshima, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Watergate, the Gulf war, and the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. (This last prediction is illustrated on the front cover of the book.) The publisher's web site contains a description of, and an excerpt from, the book. It has become a best seller in the U.S. and England, and Warner Bros. has purchased the movie rights.

The Bible Code attracted great media attention upon its publication, with articles in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other newspapers and magazines.

In light of its use of mathematics, The Bible Code was reviewed in the Notices of the AMS. Here is the review by Allyn Jackson, with additional comments by Shlomo Sternberg.

In response to this review, three letters have appeared in the Notices, from Michael Drosnin, from M. Dugas, and from Barry Simon, as well as a letter from Brendan McKay replying to Drosnin's letter.

"The Official Torah Codes" is a related web site.