would be needed. However, even for Witztum, Rosenberg and Rips, the realizationor concept that prophetic events and personalities could be embedded in thescriptures by the finger of God had not been fully realized or looked into at that point,although they suspected this may be the case.
1994 Follow-up Paper
A second study was undertaken by Witztum, Rosenberg and Rips, resulting in asecond paper being put forward, this time focusing on a more specific theme. Theresearchers selected the names of thirty-four of the most prominent rabbis andJewish sages who had lived from the beginning of the ninth, to the end of theeighteenth centuries, and ‘all’ many hundreds of years future from the period that theTorah had been penned. These rabbis and sages had the longest biographies foundin the
‘Encyclopaedia of Great Men in Israel’
, a well-respected Jewish referencebook. They asked the computer program to search the text of the Torah for ‘close wordpairs’ coded at equally spaced intervals that contained the desired search criteria,which in this case was the names of these prominent sages and rabbis, paired alsowith their dates of birth or death (using the authentic names for the Hebrew monthsand days). This type of search was especially relevant, because the Jewish peoplecelebrate the memory of their famous sages or teachers by commemorating thedates of their deaths. Even Witztum, Rosenberg, Rips and their team were not prepared for the resultsfrom the completed search. Incredibly, the computer program found ‘every singleone of the thirty-four names of these famous rabbis and sages embedded in the textof just the first book of the Torah, Genesis!Each name of a rabbi was paired in significantly close proximity to the ‘correct andactual’ date of his birth or the date of his death. The odds against this occurring bychance were accurately calculated by the Israeli mathematicians to be only onechance in 775,000,000!The scientists and editors at the ‘Statistical Science Journal’ who had reviewed theexperimental data were naturally amazed. Having no explanation demanded that theIsraeli scientists run the computer test program again on another sample group.
Third test and sample group
This time they searched for the names of a second group of thirty-two prominentJewish sages listed from the same encyclopaedia. To the complete astonishment of the sceptical reviewers, the results were equally successful! The combined tests hadrevealed that the names and birth or death dates of every single one of the 66 mostprominent and famous Jewish teachers or sages were encoded in close proximitywith the text of just the book of Genesis, without even needing to venture into theother four books of the Torah! The overwhelming evidence from the tested, checkedand re-tested data had become so indisputable, that the journal editors had nochoice but reluctantly agreed that they must publish the article and findings, in itsAugust 1994 issue, under the title
“Equidistant Letter Sequences in the book of Genesis”
. Robert Kass, the editor of
wrote this commentabout the study: