Encoding in Religious Texts Other Than Torah?
It should not be there, but....
It would seem obvious that there should be no ELS encoding in the King James Bible (especially the New Testament) because it is translated from other languages where words have different numbers of letters than is the case in English. As such, in ARK CODE on page 173 you will find an e-mail that I wrote to CodeFinder’s producer (Kevin Acres) on March 1, 2000 asking him to remove the New Testament from his software:
Certainly English and Greek translations of Tenach or New Testament should be labeled as being there for control purposes. A King James Version of the Bible differs quite radically from a Revised Standard Version. Ancient New Testament fragments and texts like the Sinaticus or Vaticanus manuscripts also differ significantly from the King James Version in content and meaning. Inclusion of New Testament scriptures makes the product somewhat “traif,” that is, nonkosher to Jews who have the greatest ability to use the program for research purposes.
Kevin’s response (pages 173-174) set off a firestorm. In it he noted that with his software he had detected that BARDAWIL, the lake around the suspect Ark site, appeared at an ELS only once in the New Testament.1 It occurred at skip -21,829. In the open text, starting at the first letter A in BARDAWIL, was AND THE ARK OF THE COVENANT. Given the fact that the Ark is cited with this name only once in the New Testament, and that the text has 739,167 letters, Kevin asserted that the odds against such a close meeting of terms were just over 10,000:1. However, with a 172-letter matrix required to show the match (8 rows by 22 columns) my spreadsheet probability technique indicates that 4,200:1 is closer to the truth – not as significant as what Kevin claims, although still interesting.2
We do not know if there are similar meetings in the Koran with its single reference of the Ark of the Covenant because we lack software to check for it. Kevin Acres, CodeFinder software producer (who found the matrix on this page), could create it, but he would need about $12,000 to finance the project, and the best available Arabic text of the Koran. The issue at hand here: Did God encode the same site in not just one or two, but all three of the major religious texts of Judaism, Christianity, AND Islam? If He did, decoding this set of texts is how we will finally bring all religious strife to an end on Planet Earth.
NOTE 1: Pages 176-178 of ARK CODE discuss two other (Old Testament) KJV matrices. One matches BaRdawil at skip 36,474 with Place Blessed and WateRs (among other interesting things). The other has UgrEt Slma (Selima) at skip 52,817 cross Golden Vessels that were taken out of the TEmple of the House of God which was at Jerusalem (Daniel 5:3). Ugret Selima is the salt marsh a few hundred feet from the suspect ark site. See http://arkcode.com/whats_new_4.html.