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Bible Codes in Peshitta - gbausc - 11-25-2003

Dear Paul,

I am a new subscriber to your forum and have benefited immensely from your articles and from others on the Peshitta. I am a rather recent student of The Peshitta and Aramaic, of perhaps three years.

I am a Peshitta primacist who has studied The Greek NT and Textual Criticism for almost 30 years, having long believed the Majority Greek text is the most accurate and reliable Greek text. I now believe it is merely the best translation of the original Peshitta text .

I have been conducting a very telling and interesting experiment which bears directly on the inspiration and originality of The Peshitta as opposed to The Greek NT. It relates to the existence of coded information in The Bible. As you may know, There are claims of codes existing in The Hebrew Bible containing names of famous rabbis, their birth dates and dates of death, birth places, etc. Several books have been published since an original article appeared in The Journal of Statistical Science , Oct. 1994, by Witztum, Rosenburg, and Rips- all Mathematicians from Israel. They claim that mathematics proves that codes exist in Genesis.

I have used code software similar to & even better than theirs; I have found long codes in The Hebrew Bible and some in the never before searched Peshitta NT. I believe they are rather amazing and have published articles in on these in the past 2-3 years. Ed Sherman hosts the newsletter and web site.
He is a professional mathematician ??? former opponent to and now convert to belief in Bible codes.

My experimental hypothesis is:


I have analyzed The Peshitta text , searching for 75 Divine Names and titles by skipping a certain number of letters in the text, using some super fast and finely tuned software called CodeFinder. It can search, produce and analyze over a million ELS???s (Equidistant Letter Sequences), sometimes called codes , searching by skipping from 2 up to 230,000 letters at a time through the entire text in ten seconds ! Of course I???m using a fairly fast Pentium 4 with 400 megs of RAM.
The results so far are staggering. The 75 words are searched a total of 690 times in order to cover all the skip sequences for each word; 345 are searched in The Peshitta and 345 in a scrambled Peshitta control text for the same words at the same skip numbers.
The probability for the Peshitta ELS???s is approx. 1E-26; That???s 10-26 or 1 chance in 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 .The control yields a probability of approx. 1 in 10.
Ed Sherman and I are working on perfecting the statistics, but we agree that they are extremely significant.

I believe this experiment scientifically demonstrates the divine inspiration of The Peshitta New Testament as a whole. I have similar results for the Tanach which are incomplete. The codes are deliberately inserted by a superhuman intelligence in the original text of the NT canon, arranged in and searched in its proper order according to the Eastern arrangement of books (with the 5 Western included). Perhaps the effect would be increased if The CoE text were to be searched. I hope to find out.

The text I analyzed is The Western Peshitto, apparently the same as the United Bible Society 1979 Edition. The maker of CodeFinder supplied me with this text when I requested an edition of The Peshitta prepared as a search text for the program. All 27 NT books were searched at once for each ELS.I am working on searching The Nestorian text of The CoE. Hopefully I will be able to complete that soon.

I have also done extensive word comparison analysis of Aramaic and Greek equivalents in the NT and the same for The Hebrew OT and The LXX as a standard model by which to compare The NT. To encapsulate the principle of this particular study, the original word total will outnumber the translated word total, when comparing two plainly equivalent words in two different languages of two texts, one of which is a translation of the other.
Greek NT & Peshitta

Revelation 21:24 kai peripathsousin ta eynh dia tou fwtov authv kai oi basileiv thv ghv ferousin autw doxan kai timhn twn eynwn eiv authn

[font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]0txwb$t hl Nytym 09r0d 0klmw hrhwnb 0mm9 Nyklhmw [/font]Revelation 21:24

gh- 251 in the New Testament
[font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]09r0[/font] ??? 242 of the parallel Aramaic words to the Greek gh are [font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]09r0[/font]
242/251 = 96% for [font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]09r0[/font]/gh

[font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]09r0[/font] ??? 288
gh ??? 246 (parallels to [font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]09r0[/font] ) -Two are unconnected to [font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]09r0[/font].
oikoumenh - 9
cwra - 6
epigeiov - 2
246/288= 85% for gh / [font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]09r0[/font]
gh +oikoumenh + cwra + epigeiov =263/288= 91%

Notice the similarities to the Hebrew OT-LXX relationship;

Totals for LXX Genesis & parallel Hebrew:

391/412 = 95% for ([font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]cr0,hMd0,hd$[/font])/gh ???Hebrew original & Greek LXX translation of Hebrew.

Totals for Hebrew Genesis:

380/442=86% for gh / ([font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]cr0, hmd0,hd$[/font])

Peshitta & Greek NT:

242/251 = 96% for [font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]09r0[/font] /gh

246/288= 85% for gh / [font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]09r0[/font]

The translation word total divided by the total # of times the corresponding original word parallels the translated word will yield a lower percentage score than the converse ratio: original/translated is greater translated/original.

This model seems to hold consistently for word pairs that are related in meaning(25% correlation or more).It is consistent in The LXX-Hebrew model . I have charted at least 7 LXX-Hebrew comparisons as models. They show a very consistent pattern that conforms to the above rule. The avg. ratios for those seven comparisons are: LXX Greek/Hebrew = 79% ; Hebrew/ LXX Greek = 85%.
The second ratio is higher, supporting a Hebrew original and The Greek LXX as a translation of The Hebrew. We know this is actually the case.
This sets a standard by which to measure other original & translation texts.
I have also compiled data for The Latin Vulgate and The Greek NT. The avgs. for these are:Greek/Latin = 98%; Latin/Greek=87%. This indicates The Latin Vulgate NT is translated from The Greek NT.

The ratio for Peshitta/Greek is 87%; Greek/Peshitta is 73%. These represent 19 word pair comparisons.
These data indicate The Greek NT is a translation of The Peshitta. The Westcott and Hort text and The Byzantine text yield almost identical results.
These are relative numbers; It is not important how high the percentages, only which is higher. I highlight in blue the language tested for primacy.
LXX Greek primacy has a 79% rating compared to Hebrew primacy, which has 85%.
A 0.1 % difference would suffice in a large number of occurrences. Most of the searches involve more than a hundred occurrences each ,so the statistics should be accurate.
The principle involved in this study is the natural information loss in translation and the variety of translations for any particular original word. In some cases a word will not be translated at all(a small percentage). A particular word that occurs frequently will also have various translations by one translator and different translators will amplify that effect.
The information loss is illustrated by the Hebrew OT-LXX relationship. The tetragrammaton occurs in 5788 verses in The Tanach. The LXX has Kurios in 5153 verses. Here is the first occurrence of Yahweh:

[font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]mym$w ur0 myhl0 hwhy twv9 mwyb m0rbhb ur0hw mym$h twdlwt hl0 [/font]Genesis 2:4 Hebrew BHS
Genesis 2:4 auth h biblov genesewv ouranou kai ghv ote egeneto h hmera epoihsen o yeov ton ouranon kai thn ghn LXX

The LXX does not translate it in 24 places out of 73 in Genesis alone!
So these facts enable us to predict generally that an original vocabulary word will outnumber the total for any one of its translation words when comparing translation & original documents. There must be large numbers (preferable several hundred) for the effect to be significant.

I have also studied letter frequencies of New Testament books in Greek and Aramaic to ascertain authorship; the results for these are also telling, but I don???t want to weary you with the technical details. I do believe they also show The Peshitta is the original and the Greek is not.

I hope we can present this information to the world for the glory of God and His Son , Maryah Yeshua.
I could use the help of someone who knows Aramaic and The Peshitta as well as you do. I am still a novice in that field.
I do believe this information can move the earth a bit more in the right direction if properly handled in prayer and humility through The Spirit.

God bless you in His service.

Rev. David Bauscher

- Paul Younan - 11-25-2003

Shlama Rev. Bauscher,

I would like to create another forum here dedicated to your fascinating research (and, of course, help with the linguistics.) <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/smile.gif" alt="Smile" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->

- gbausc - 11-26-2003

Hi Paul,

Please do so. It will be a lot of fun and I'm sure , very useful.


- Paul Younan - 11-26-2003

Great! The forum is created. I've also moved this thread there so we can have record of this great post. Please let me know what I can do to help with the linguistics. <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/smile.gif" alt="Smile" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->

Re: Bible Codes in Peshitta - Vsanzcm - 11-26-2003

Dear Rev. Bauscher:
Although your message is addressed to Paul Younan, as it???s posted in the forum, I assume that is ???open to all???, so I???ll dare to summit my personal opinion...
I???m very impressed by your studies. However, with all my respect, I don???t think that Divine Inspiration (in general) can be ???scientifically proved???: It???s a Mystery of FAITH ???I suppose you accept that as a principle???and such a matter is BEYOND science. Not against science or reason, but surpassing them and NOT MEASUREABLE. I???m really amazed by these cabalistic calculations that can even show names as Ariel Sharon???s in the HOT (I have seen that!) or similar... Sorry Akhi, but I don???t need this to believe in Inspiration as a full and free ???teamwork??? process between Roukha dQoudesha and human beings (with all their faculties, abilities, limitations and ???sitz im leben??? ???let???s borrow the term from Bultmann???, which God has in account). Even mathematically speaking, if I understood what you wrote about this matter, I can hardly see how ???1 chance in 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000??? can be ???extremely significant??? (that???s a lot of ???zeros to the right???!). I definitely voted NO in the poll on these alleged ???codes???.
A different thing is the second part of your analysis (the statistic study regarding the use of particular terms in translations or word comparison analysis, etc.), even if it???s not THE [only] or main evidence of Aramaic priority it???s a consistent argument that is to be highly considered and will be generally accepted as a opportune scientific exercise. I eagerly encourage you to keep doing this kind of survey, to accurate and precise it... and share it with us! Thanks, and may Our Makhiana Meshikha Maran Yeshua bless your significant efforts!

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Ab. Valentin

PS. I???d suggest you to use ???Sil Ezra??? Hebrew font for BHS (HOT) texts in your posts, for the sake of clarity. A technical curiosity: How deals the software you have with pre- and suffixs in words or verbs variants while searching?

- Rob Vanhoff - 11-26-2003

Shlama Rev. Bauscher,

As a scholar of over 30 years, you must surely know that there are more than one textual tradition of the Hebrew Bible. Which extant text of the Hebrew Bible do you use for your research? I assume that the one you use must also be believed to be 'the original.' For example, which text of Isaiah would one use for ELS? The one from Qumran? Leningrad Codex? etc...


. - drmlanc - 11-26-2003

Yes!!! I love the code stuff. Especially as the Greek has none <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/smile.gif" alt="Smile" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile --> Love your work, seen it before at

. - drmlanc - 11-26-2003

Still a problem with codes: They prove nothing really. The Greek has number codes, and the Masoretic is full of codes, while we all know the masoretic is not the original. So I don't think the codes help so much in determining originality. And of course, can Satan not put codes in his works?

Re: Bible Codes in Peshitta - Craig - 11-26-2003

gbausc Wrote:I have analyzed The Peshitta text , searching for 75 Divine Names and titles by skipping a certain number of letters in the text, using some super fast and finely tuned software called CodeFinder.

Your premise may be flawed. I think you could take a work known to be originally composed in English and a translation of it in either Hebrew/Aramaic and get a higher percentage of hits on "Divine Names and titles" in the Semitic translation by the very nature of the languages involved (the more distanst a language is from Hebrew, the greater it suffers from the confused speech of the Tower of Babel with a proportional loss in ability to carry any divine "incoding").

Quote:Example:Greek NT & Peshitta

Revelation 21:24 kai peripathsousin ta eynh dia tou fwtov authv kai oi basileiv thv ghv ferousin autw doxan kai timhn twn eynwn eiv authn

0txwbst hl Nytym 09r0d 0klmw hrhwnb 0mm9 Nyklhmw Revelation 21:24

There is no Peshitta Revelation. And the Western Five in the Peshitto are universally held to be translations of the Greek (Although I suppose there could be some individual mavericks out there who would disagree with the very groups that added and mantained those 5 books in the Peshitto). If your results are showing that the Peshitto mss. of the Western Five are more original than the Greek mss. then you lend credence to my theory about the nature of Hebrew/Aramaic languages.

Shlama, Craig

Bible Codes - gbausc - 11-26-2003

Thank you all for your responses,

I will try to answer all or most of your questions and as briefly as possible.

I don't accept the premise that Divine inspiration cannot be proven scientifically and neither do you Ab; not if you really accept what the scriptures say.

For example: Do you think the mother of Jesus did not have scientific proof that Jesus was not Joseph's son or the son of any man ? Think about what you know about female anatomy and OT methods of determining virginity.
The Jewish people have never been a stupid people.They had at least as much sense then as we do today. A pregnancy was not commony attributed to a Divine intervention; Joseph's reaction was quite understandable and intelligent as scripture testifies. He wanted a divorce.

Mary performed no lab experiments, but she had scientific proof as good as any clinician could produce.

Do you think Peter, James and John did not have scientific proof that Jesus arose from the dead ? Do you think they simply accepted it by faith ? Here is John's testimony:
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
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2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto usWink
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3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
[font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]0xy$m 9w$y hrb M9w 0b0 M9 hyty0 Nlyd Nyd Ntwptw$w Nm9 0twptw$ Nwkl 0whtd Nwkl p0 Nny9dwm N9m$w Nyzxd Mdmw [/font]3

4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
[font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]0ylm$m 0wht Nwkbd Ntwdxd Nwkl Nnybtk Nylhw [/font]4

Shelikha Paul writes:
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
[font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]bytkd 0nky0 Nyhjx yp0 l9 tym 0xysmd tlbqd mdm Ky0 mdqwl Nm ryg Nwkl tml$0 [/font]3

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
[font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]bytkd Ky0 Nymwy 0tltl mqw rbqt0dw[/font] 4

5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
[font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]ro9rtl hrtbw 0p0kl yzxt0w[/font] 5

6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
[font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]wkmd Nwhnmw 0$hl 0md9 Nwn0 Nymyq Nwhnm 00ygsd 0dxk0 Nyx0 00m$mx Nm rytyl yzxt0 Nkrtbw [/font]6

7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
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8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. {one???: or, an abortive}
[font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]yl p0 yzxt0 0jxyld Ky0 Nwhlkd Nyd 0trxl [/font]8

Which of these men accepted the resurrection on faith ?
And if they had proof ???( I think 500 eyewitnesses at one time suffices as proof) , why do we assume that we cannot have proof ?
Even scientific proof demands some faith- faith in our five senses (measuring and weighing requires vision and judgement, no matter how technical a level we operate at) and faith in good judgment and faculties of experimenters, etc.

I reject that concept of faith. Faith as described in scripture is rock solid confidence based on evidence;
evidence as solid and scientific as any modern scientist can produce for the atom or the molecular structure of water.
Did Israel have scientific proof that the Red Sea opened at the command of Moses ? 1.5 million people reached the other side of the sea and kept their clothes dry ! They had proof enough !

We have the record of the miracles and we may choose to reject that record, however, it seems to me that God gives us evidence also- call it proof if you will, (personally I think all scientific proof is based on probabilties). We must search for the proof, but God provides "many infallible proofs" , to use a phrase from the KJV of Acts 1:3

Acts 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
[font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]0hl0d 0twklm l9 rm0w Nwhl 0wh 0zxtm dk Ny9br0 Nymwyb 0t0ygo 0twt0b $xd rtb Nm yx dk h$pn Nwhl ywx P0d Nwnh[/font] Acts 1:3

The Aramaic word [font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]0twt0[/font]
"Ethotha " is "signs" or "miracles". As far as the Greek translator was concerned, a sign from God was a "tekmerion"- an "infallible proof".

Ever had a sign ? As far as I am concerned, a person who has not seen a sign doesn't have a clue.
How can we say we have faith if we base our position on evidence-especially if it is irrefutable evidence? Our faith has nothing to do believing mere historical events or doctrines. That kind of thing is not Biblical faith. Biblical faith is action based on evidence; action which starts in the heart and then moves the soul and body. Noah had faith and "moved with fear, prepared an ark" Hebrews 11:7 .
Read chapter 11 again. Faith is action based on evidence!
In fact, verse 1 says faith is evidence !

I knew the Bible was inspired before the codes came around, but not as well as I know and believe now.I am much more excited about the Word now than before. I want to tell people more now than before I knew The Peshitta is the original text.I could have gotten along OK without it , but I don't want to just get along OK.

Jesus said that if we have faith in Him, we will do the works that He did "and greater works than these"... Jn 14:12

So 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 is not extremely significant ? What is your standard for "extremely significant" ? Science accepts 1 in 20 as significant enough to prove non randomness. Anything as improbable as 1 in 1,000,000 would be extremely improbable. I thought I understated my case.

The Hebrew OT I use for codes research is the one most codes researchers use; it is The Koren edition- the text used in most synagogues worldwide. There are some differences between it and The BHS edition commonly used in seminaries- about 200 letters difference in The Torah.

The Peshitto text is what I used for the NT searches. It does not use the Harclean text of The Catholic Epistles and Rev.. The Apocalypse text is very close to the Crawford ms. The text is not translated from Greek. It has all the earmarks of an original. The Greek mss. have all the earmarks of a translation from Aramaic.

I have done numerous searches for codes in The Hebrew War and Peace translation, as have many others. They simply don't exist in control texts in significant numbers. Don't assume something without doing the work of testing your assumption by experimentation.I have done literally several thousand searches for code words. No other text aside from Hebrew OT and Peshitta -Peshitto NT has produced significant results so far.

Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
[font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]Nym0 lbx 0ld 0xy$m 9w$y Nrml Nybxmd Nyly0 Nwhlk M9 0twbyj [/font]Ephesians 6:24

[font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]lbx 0ld[/font]{in sincerity: or, with incorruption}

Dave B

- Dave - 11-26-2003

while interesting as this may be, what fruit does this bring to The Lord?

Is this something of His will?

Is this gonna save souls?

Does this give a clearer meaning of The Gospel message?

. - drmlanc - 11-27-2003

The codes issue is difficult, as most anything will have a very low probability. e.g. what is the probaility that Moby Dick says that Michael Drosnin in a liar and will meet a messy death? Extremely low, but ELS's have been found that say such things. Check out Brendan McKay's website. I believe something is there, it is just hard to sift through the 'crap'.

What good are codes ? - gbausc - 11-27-2003

Hi Dave,

What good is knowing The original text ? What good is mathematical proof the text is Divine ? Some don't care, others will be extremely interested.
Why does anyone bother with apologetics? Could it be that its because there are agnostics and atheists who are really looking for solid evidence of absolute truth ? You and I know about people who were skeptics or opponents to Christianity who were convinced by an intelligent presentation of the truth and reliability of scripture.

If you don't know such people, I don't believe you are as serious about soul winning as you imply.

This is all about winning adherents to The LORD and His word. I hope to publish this as a book, or several books.
Its all about the search for truth.If codes prove to be a lie, I'm going to find that out. This is ongoing research.

Some would ask you what difference does it make if The Peshitta is the original or not ? What difference if there is no original Bible ? What difference if the Bible is true or not?

Those are questions you must answer. I have been nothing but encouraged with what I have found thus far; I am very excited about the prospects of this discovery and the implications for integrating science and religion.
"Mathematics Proves God wrote The Bible!", is the headline I can see on major newspapers- (not just the tabloids).

What if mathematics does prove it ? How can anyone then disprove what is proven? Atheism has its legs cut off !
Antichrist is proven a liar ! The devil is bound for a thousand years or hopefully even cast into the lake of fire.

And if the codes are real, what do you think Satan's response to me would be?
Blessings in Christ,

Dave B

- Dave - 11-27-2003

Quote:This is all about winning adherents to The LORD and His word

That is only part of it, but your idea is to keep them stuck in the word with these toys. The word is only part of the whole, there is also the persuit of knowing GOD's will for them, the gifts, and the empowerment from on high to make it happen.

This is not some intellectual arguement to win people over to some book, bible or something else, it is about GOD's will for the believer and their new birth, the promise of the Spirit, and the annointing for that person to be an instrument of righteousness, in power, so his/her words will speak with authority and he/she will perform miracles and works of righteousness,...ultimately leading non-believers to GOD by the works. People want action not just words, they are tired of the talk. Jesus was action and words, not just words.

Codes, or the idea of them, is a distraction to the process. Satan would love to have someone more interested in some code theory,...he sure would,...that keeps the believer from following the path that Jesus laid out for us, and actually becoming someone powerful, an apostle or prophet or who knows what GOD has for them who seek HIM.

Satan has always loved to get mankind to play with the intellectual rather than persue the spiritual. There is no way he would like for anyone to actually follow the path that Jesus laid out for us and try to be like Him.

This is about bringing them to GOD and letting HIM have them to choose what HE wants for them, not distracting them with toys and games and "what if's" and what nots.

I'm more serious than you think about it. It's not just the intellectual. Many people on here need a fresh understanding of the heart of GOD and HIS desires for mankind, and they should be in prayer more to know it, not playing around with games.

rude, crude, I don't care, pay attention to the truth.

- Dave - 11-27-2003

Paul will finish his work, and my prayers will be for him no matter how much satan plays around.

I suggest you people get out of the crap wordly ideas and put you language understandings to work in support of him in this endeavor. Start helping him finish this so he may be able to publish the work in the online book section and GOD will be able to utilize it through people to correct the wrongs the greek has done over the years.

You all know so much aramaic, well then, start helping him at this point. Start translating the sections of the word rather than just be critics when he does something.

Why dont you guys start helping him finish this instead of playing around with these toys????