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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover has practiced psychoanalysis and psychiatry for more than ninetten years. He is a former Fellow in Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry at Yale University and a past president of the C. G. Jung Foundations. He holds degrees from MIT, the University of Texas, the Harvard University and serves as a medical advisor to Focus on the Family. Jeffrey and his wife have three children.
Jeffrey Satinover currently resides in the state of Connecticut. Jeffrey Satinover was born in 1947.
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Extraordinary! Oct 28, 2007
This absorbing book remains the very best study of the Bible Code that I've encountered. Satinover examines whether the code exists, its accuracy, meaning and implications. Mention of the code first appeared many centuries ago in the writings of Jewish mystics, especially during the great flowering of Spanish Kabbalah. It has been the subject of scientific research since the late 1980s.
Chapter one deals with the work of inter alia the Vilna Gaon Eliyahu ben Shlomo, Maimonides and Rabbi Moses ben Nachman and explains how the codes are encrypted in the Hebrew letters of the text. Chapter Two recounts the history of the discovery of the codes in the 1980s and provides portraits of some of the personalities involved, mainly religious members of the scientific community in Jerusalem. Illustrated with Hebrew text, it discusses the science of encryption and delves deeper into the structure of the codes and matters of statistical probability.
The next chapter considers the Jewish devotion to Torah, scribal traditions and the Jewish Torah compared to the Samaritan version, whilst the chapter titled The Black Fires of Holocaust and The White Fire of Destiny tell the tragic story of Rabbi Weissmandl of Slovakia. The pivotal role of cryptology in the Allied victory in the Second World War is explored next. The science of cryptology grew out of Kabbalah. A prime example of ancient cryptological sophistication is found in the work of Nechunya ben HaKanah, a student of the great Simeon ben Yochai, originator of the Zohar.
During the Renaissance, kabbalistic ideas became known in Europe. In the 15th century, cryptology suddenly experienced a series of major advances that laid the groundwork for the computer and the science of statistics. A famous name in Renaissance cryptology, Trithemius of Spannheim, developed a method based directly upon a prayer of the aforementioned Nechunya ben HaKanah. There were others, like Alberti and Cardano, from whose inventions all the sophisticated encoding machines used by the Allies were derived.
There are thought-provoking sections on Pascal, Von Neumann and Turing, whilst chapters eight and nine recount the (re)discovery of the code by Israeli scientists, discussing the phenomenon of clustering, the scientific scrutiny applied and specific messages like the Hanukkah and Purim codes. Chapter 10 provides further information on specific searches and their results.
Chapter 11, The Flames of Amalek, covers the 1991 Gulf War and discoveries about the Holocaust as well as the concept of the biblical Nimrod, the man of violence of whom Hitler was a type. Satinover also briefly discusses the book of Esther here. In this regard, I highly recommend The Dawn: Political Teachings of the Book of Esther by Yoram Hazony even though it only concerns itself with the surface or literal (pashat) level of textual interpretation.
Chapter 12, The Great Sages, first looks at the interest generated by the code, then at further experiments that resulted in the publication of an article in the journal Statistical Science. Some common misunderstandings of the codes are dealt with in chapter 13, whilst the next one contains interesting information on William James, author of Varieties of Religious Experience, his views on deterministic influences and freedom of choice, and his influence on Satinover. Quantum Mechanics, the complexity of the codes, theology and personal conduct are also discussed here.
Technical Appendix A examines the ancient and extraordinarily exact Jewish calculation of 29.53059 days to the lunar month plus the age of the universe as calculated by Nechunya ben HaKanah from the book of Genesis and explained by Yitzhak DeMin Acco. They arrived at an age of 15.3 billion years. Nechunya lived in the first century AD and DeMin Acco in the 13th century! The work of Hugh Ross and Fazale Rana, such as A Matter of Days: Resolving a Creation Controversy and Who Was Adam?: A Creation Model Approach to the Origin of Man is relevant here. Technical Appendix B considers transformations of space and time with reference to prime numbers and their visual and spatial configurations, whilst Appendix C revisits the "Great Sages" experiment in finer detail.
The 21 pages of notes are as interesting as the main text of the book. Note number 11 to chapter four was especially interesting to me as a Christian. It explains some seemingly Antisemitic passages by John in the book of Revelation and elsewhere. The first is the attack upon "Jews who are not Jews" and the second is the expression "synagogues of Satan." Satinover argues that these words apply to the Babylonian magic-based distortion of Judaism by the Samaritans. Archaeological digs have unearthed many of these "synagogues" that contain a blend of Judaic and astrological imagery. Thus John was not criticizing the synagogues of the Jewish people; this makes sense to me and clears up some confusion.
The fact that I was reading Richard Elliott Friedman's The Hidden Book in the Bible at the same time made Satinover's book even more intriguing. This hidden book was originally one narrative but was cut up by the Bible editors so that other stories, poetry and laws were spliced into and around it. The divided segments of this story are now spread through nine of the Bible books from Genesis to the first two chapters of Kings. In light of this, I am convinced that the mysterious editor/s of the Torah were divinely inspired; that the finalization of the Old Testament (Tanach), whenever it took place after the return from Babylon, was an act of momentous significance.
There are black & white figures and illustrations throughout the text. The bibliography contains books and articles plus the contact addresses of the Aish HaTorah organization which offers a reliable source of information on the Torah codes. The book concludes with an index. The Truth Behind The Bible Code is one of the most riveting books I have ever read, and a valuable reference source.
best of its genre Sep 20, 2007
My wife and I had seen a book listed in this site by Michael Drosnin, but we found most of what was said of it to indicate it was not a real study of the subject. Dr. Satinover's book was the book we purchased when we found it. This book, in my view, is still the one book a person should start with if they are truly interested in the research of the Torah Codes. It is the most simple and yet most comprehensive introduction to the history and study of the Torah in light of the encoded information. In my honest opinion buy this book FIRST by all means. You will not be disappointed whether you are convinced of the evidence or not.
Best book on the subject Jun 23, 2007
Dr. Satinovers book is very intelligent, well written, and thoroughly investigated. (The Bible Code by Drosnin, however, was poorly represented and used for his own selfish gain.) The only people who do not want to believe the codes are those who do not want to acknowledge the creator. The chances of codes appearing in the Bible or even Mobey Dick are not laughable. The odds are equal to throwing a handful of coins into the air and having them land on edge stacked on top of one another. Well did Christ speak of this generation when He said, "A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas." Jonah came to Nineveh by way of a fish, which just happened to be their deity. How do you think he got their attention? They ALL repented for crying out loud! The Bible Code is to the wicked whose god is science, not for the believer. Any skeptic who really opens their eyes to the facts about the Bible Code will repent, or continue on with their eyes wide shut.
A good book / the new book of Dr. Alexander Rotenberg Oct 24, 2005
'Cracking The Bible Code' is a good work, scientific credible, that is the opposite of the plethora of Christian codes books claiming that "Jesus is Messiah", because we now know that don't are valid Codes that claim that Jesus is the Messiah, because the Codes give reason only to Judaísm, as personal pratice, and to the Hebrew/Jewish Culture.
But, the knowledge of this good book appeal to us to know other good book, the best book about 'Torah Codes' already written to the present: the new book of Dr. Alexander Rotenberg,a Ph.D. in mathematics in the field of Probability Theory and Dynamical Systems (Moscow State University), an associated of Professor Eliyahu Rips:
And All This Is Truth!Mysteries hidden in the Book of books Jerusalem 2005, Hardcover, 190 pp, 117 color ill.
Dr. Alexander Rotenberg, a descendent of the Vilna Gaon family and Ph.D. in mathematics, found a surprising regularity in the encoding of information hidden in the Torah. Using a new approach, he shows in over one hundred examples, that crucial facts the Torah speaks about are encoded in the actual biblical text. The Torah Code method which is obtained from our Sages, is now not question of belief, but a mathematical fact!
''There are already a considerable number of books on Torah Codes. However, this book is not only valuable addition to this area of investigation; it reveals a completely new layer of Torah Code. Dr. Rotenberg has made remarkable progress in understanding the structure of Torah Codes. Happy is the eye that sees these beautiful jewels!'' E.Rips, Prof. of Mathematics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
''There are a variety of popular treatments of Torah or Bible codes. Dr. Rotenberg's book stands out and is unique among them. Its concern is exclusively to show how some of the most famous and important Torah interpretations encoded in the exact place and verse on which they are commenting'' R.M. Haralick, Prof. of City University of NY, former President of International Assoc. of Pattern Recognition
''Jewish Sages state that everything is in the Torah, much of which is hidden from the eye when simply reading the verse. Therefore, it is invaluable when we are permitted, by some traditional system of interpretation, to see how this is true. The genius with which Dr. Rotenberg has done this using the Torah code method is also somewhat of a wonder, making this work a very special gift to the Jewish people at this late stage of history. One finding, in the very first verse of the Torah, should draw special attention. Here is the first verse of the Torah:
In the beginning, God created Heaven and Earth. (Genesis 1:1)
The author writes: According to Tradition, in an actual Torah scroll, the first Hebrew letter, a `bais', is written larger than those that follow it, and is called a bais rabbosi - large `bais'. It is the first of the several large letters in Tanach. In book versions of the Torah, there will actually be a notation to that effect in the margin written thus: ב' רבתי.
If one begins with the eighth letter of the Hebrew verse, a raish, and joins it with the next three letters to its right, the word רבתיemerges.
Now, the remaining letters to the right, when read from right to left spell: ב' ראש which means, "bais at the head", that is, at the beginning. The letter `aleph' following רבתי - large - means "the first". Thus, together with the encoded word, a sentence can be read:
which means: "The first bais is the first large (letter)". (End of citation)
This is striking, for even though millions of Jews throughout the generations have long studied Torah and these words - In the beginning God created - none of them, including the greatest sages, left any sign that the tradition of writing the first Torah's letter larger is hinted to inside the first two words of the text. This is just one small example of why the publishing of this book is of great significance.'' Rabbi Pinchas Winston
This book is an entirely new and exciting revelation of the Bible Code. Dr. Rotenberg has for the first time shown us how the code confirms the connection between the most important ancient commentaries on the Bible, and the original words of the Bible itself. His discoveries are nothing short of amazing. His presentation is totally convincing. And All This Is Truth! is also a wonderful read, at once a work of real scholarship and a real page-turner. Now this brilliant book will enlighten everyone, and help them to see the scientific proof that the Bible Code is a modern miracle. Michael Drosnin, author of the international bestseller, The Bible Code
From Professor Rips:
Dr. Alexander Rotenberg is a trained mathematician, having received his Ph.D. degree in the field of probability theory and dynamical systems, at the Moscow State University under the supervision of a student of the famous mathematician A. Kolmogorov. . . The reader of this book will realize that Torah Codes provide a demonstration of the inseparable unity of the Oral Torah and the Written Torah. Happy is the eye that sees these beautiful jewels! . . . Dr. Rotenberg is a humble individual with a very important message.
"The main goal of the Torah Code approach is the decoding of hidden information in the Torah, and its method is equidistant letter-reading" (from the Introduction). In over hundred examples taken from the commentaries of Rashi, Ba'al HaTurim and Rabbenu Bachyaya, Alexander Rotenberg shows that the interpretations of these medieval commentators can be found encoded in the actual biblical text they are commenting upon.
Laughable Aug 23, 2005
All of these books on so-called Bible codes that all just happen to "predict" events after they happen, or just "happen" to find words that support the fallacies of the bumper crop of megaselling would-be Bible interpreters, are laughable.
There is a code in the prophecies of the Bible, and the prophecies do have an ultimate aim and an ulitimate conclusion, but the code has nothing to do with nuclear bombs or international conspiracies.
The real code in the prophets is about the One truth, the Two decisions, the Three in balance, the Four traits, the Five disciplines, and the Seven plus One Spirits, and ever part of the code relates back to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
To read a book about the real Bible Code, try my book, "The Character Map: An Introduction to the Introductions in Revelation." This is the one about living and preserving your life.