Date: Wed Feb 26 2003 - 17:47:33 EST
A solid demonstration that the probabilities involved may be higher than,
say, 0.001 could put results can be made up, without any evidence, will not.
Just a comment on the numbers game in Scripture. I attended a lecture at the
NY Public Library last night. The lecturer was Elisheva Carlebach, a
professor of history at Queens College at CUNY. The title of the lecture was
The Anti-Christian Strain in Early Modern Yiddish Culture.
The professor explained that much anti-Christian Jewish polemic was coded
into ordinary documents such as calendars. The codes could take all forms by
changing words or using numbers. In a handheld calendar that was written in
manuscript, the professor pointed out 3 to 4 different coding schemes for
Christian holy days and other items. Some examples were changing the name of
a local church known as the white church and referring to it in Yiddish as
the black hole or marking the Annunciation on a calendar with the label 'isa'
(eesha) or woman rather than 'betulah' or virgin to covertly express the
fallacy of a virgin birth in connection with Jesus. Listening to the lecture
I thought of the numbers thread on this list.
Aside from the lecture, the kabbalists also spoke of a penchant for codes in
the kabbalah, so the idea of hidden codes in Scripture does not seem far
fetched as a concept though it would require some substantiation to claim the
existence of a particular code, I would think.
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