From: email@example.com (Randy D. Miller)
Subject: Re: Who wrote the Bible?
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This discussion reminds me of the "discovery" about the hidden
names of God in the book of Esther. It seems that the Old Testament
book of Esther does not even once contain the word "God" or "Jehovah"
[YHWH], causing some people to doubt its status as a canonical,
"inspired" book of the Bible. But not to worry, some clever person
found that the book of Esther really does contain the sacred name of
God - it's just hidden. If you take the first letter of every Hebrew
word in Esther, you will find more than once where the sequence of
letters spells God's name - Yodh, He, Waw, He. I believe you can find
that sequence if you scan the words forward or backwards, always taking
only the initial letters of the words.
Let's examine what is going on. The letters Yodh, He, and Waw are
some of the most common letters used to begin Hebrew words in the Old
Testament. From a sampling of the Hebrew text, I arrived at the
following probabilities that any particular word will begin with one of
those letters: :
Given any four word sequence, the probability that the initial
letters will spell YHWH is (0.11 * 0.07 * 0.22 * 0.07) = 0.00012.
That's one chance in 8433. The book of Esther contains about 3000
Hebrew words giving us 3000 chances in 8433 that God's name could
occur. Furthermore, if we scan the words forward *and* backwards, the
chances increase to 6000 in 8433. It doesn't surprise me at all that
we have found God's name "secretly encoded" in the book!
Another reason I'm not impressed that God's name was found in
Esther is that you can use the very same method of scanning the initial
letters, and run across the name of the Canaanite god, "Baal." At
Esther 8:12 you can find three words in a forward sequence with the
initial letters Beth, Ayin, Lamedh, which is the spelling of the name
of the god "Baal."
 Since I don't have the Hebrew text on-line, I made a manual
sampling of the Hebrew text from random passages; some error is to
be expected. Text used: Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (a
standard critical edition of the Hebrew "Old Testament").
Randy D. Miller ...!sun!sunburn!gtx!randy randy@gtx.UUCP
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