I have been heard by people everywhere, and I teach nothing in private that I have not said in public.
Jesus, John 18:20b,NLT
There are many reasons we are fascinated by equidistant letter sequences - but it is worth considering that Jesus isn't interested in keeping secrets. Are there secret messages hiding in the word? I don't think so - and here is a great source to consider, "Who Wrote the Bible Code" (http://www.rsingermanson.com/html/bible_code.html). There you can find out about an exciting book, not to mention free software, to help resolve this question.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
II Timothy 3:16,17
Scripture may be pushed, prodded in all sorts of ways. For generations people, meaning good and ill, have done all manner of things with God's word. Despite their folly or ineptitude - it remains profitable. Whether or not ELS's prove lasting tools in understanding God's word, it is sure that just looking at them drags us to and through the Word. I know that whatever I get out of the ELS "hobby", it has surely profited, if only to brush up on my own use and familiarity with Hebrew.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish
that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Here is some PERL code I wrote to look at ELS in Biblical (and other) material
Equidistant Letter Sequences - Some Measurements, A FewConclusions
I'm not sure what this may add or detract from the study of ELS phenomena within scripture. Essentially I took a look at several things using Daniel Rice's findstring program, and most of the Tanach books.
Pressed for conclusions, they would be
|Program used:||findstring.c (Daniel Rice), lots of perl code to generate the random texts and organize the output.|
|Max Skip||+/- 50|
|Books (These were found with the reveal.exe archive; I'm not making any major claims here, so I'm not too worried about which versions I found).||AMOS DEVARIM EZRA NAHUM SEFANYA VAYIKRA YOEL BEMIDBAR DIVYAM1 MALACHI
NEHEMYA SHEMOT YEHEZKEL YONA BERESHT DIVYAM2 MICHA OVADYA SHIR YESHAYA ZECHARYA
DANIEL ESTHER MISHLE RUTH TEHILIM YIRMIYA
|Generated Texts||Flat texts based on the books of the Torah - i.e. all 22
characters of the Hebrew alphabet had 1/22 chance of appearing at each "slot".
Distributed texts based on the books of the Torah - the probability of each letter was based on its real frequency in the Torah.
|Words looked for||Jesus (yeshua), Torah, Messiah, Grace (Hesed), Peace|
1) Comparison of ELS hits versus book size:
No surprises here - the size of the book increases the likelihood of the word being found increases.
2) Generated Texts
I generated two sets of random text "Torah" volumes, one based on the letter frequency of the book (Genesis, for example) and the length of that volume, another, based on pure flat distribution of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, in volume the length of each book of the Torah. So I had three "texts":
Here is the one case where the "Flat" distribution scored higher than texts based on texts generated using Torah frequencies:
3) Scored versus Raw Searches.
At some point this may be useful for SUBJECTIVE studies of ELS's - as a means of zeroing in on significant verses. I scored ELS hits by dividing 1/(absolute value of the Skip size). Then I graph the occurence of the ELS across the book In general the graph of raw ELS hits is a flat line, with one or two spikes. Of more interest (possibly) is looking at the "spikey" line, where I've assigned a score to the ELS found.
. For example in Psalms Jesus occurs in this pattern :
and Torah in this:
A similar set of graphs was produced for the book of the prophet Isaiah:
For sheer numbers, what I found, using a max ELS skip of +/- 50:
3) Concluding Questions
Has anyone done scored graphing like the above?
Is it useful to anyone in looking at ELS's?
Do you want to see more?
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
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