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May 1999 Solving the Bible Code Puzzle
Maya Bar-Hillel, Dror Bar-Natan, Gil Kalai, Brendan McKay
Statist. Sci. 14(2): 150-173 (May 1999). DOI: 10.1214/ss/1009212243


A paper of Witztum, Rips and Rosenberg in this journal in 1994 made the extraordinary claim that the Hebrew text of the Book of Genesis encodes events which did not occur until millennia after the text was written. In reply, we argue that Witztum, Rips and Rosenberg’s case is fatally defective, indeed that their result merely reflects on the choices made in designing their experiment and collecting the data for it. We present extensive evidence in support of that conclusion. We also report on many new experiments of our own, all of which failed to detect the alleged phenomenon.


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Maya Bar-Hillel. Dror Bar-Natan. Gil Kalai. Brendan McKay. "Solving the Bible Code Puzzle." Statist. Sci. 14 (2) 150 - 173, May 1999.


Published: May 1999
First available in Project Euclid: 24 December 2001

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/ss/1009212243

Rights: Copyright © 1999 Institute of Mathematical Statistics


Vol.14 • No. 2 • May 1999
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