Re: [asa] Empiricism, Faith and Science

From: Don Nield <>
Date: Sat Sep 23 2006 - 01:50:55 EDT

Yes, Jim, you have raised a valid point. Yes, there will be some pattern
imposed on all Hebrew text, from the frequency distribution of Hebrew
letters in the whole languge, plus further constraints when a particular
subject is involved, and from the fact that there is a limited number of
discrete values (22 or so) for the Hebrew alphabet. However, few
people have the time or motivation to follow this up ---- and I am not
one of them. This may be my last post on this thread.

Jim Armstrong wrote:

> I think that there is a point missed here. The mere act of encoding
> words and sentences to embody and convey meaning means that a certain
> amount of order has been imposed on or impressed into the order and
> grouping of the letters and their numerical equivalents. Although I am
> certainly not a number guy, the most approachable finding of the
> complexity/chaos work is that a little order (a little application of
> rules) goes a very long way. In this case, I would suggest that if a
> little order is (or a few rules are) imposed (and here, "little" is an
> unsupported quantification with respect to Scripture) in creation of a
> sentence or verse, then other artifacts of that order are certain to
> be present as well, some of them discoverable. It would not be
> surprising to me in the least if some pretty spectacular
> "consequences" of that ordering might result from this consideration
> along. I am inclined to believe that this is the source of the
> patterning relationships that Vernon studies. Any of you number guys
> want to make a more explicit and knowledgeable response along these
> lines? JimA

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