Greek-Capable Bible Codes Programs
Personally, I've been involved in searching the Hebrew Torah and Tanach for hidden Bible codes at equidistant letter spacing (ELS) for some time and achieved some incredible results. That experience has led me to conclude that there may be reliable codes in the original Greek language of the New Testament. Preliminary searches have been promising. The following programs have recently become available which make this avenue of research very easy.
Psalms 139:16 Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and IN THY BOOK THEY WERE ALL WRITTEN, THE DAYS THAT WERE ORDAINED FOR ME, WHEN AS YET THERE WAS NOT ONE OF THEM.
May 26, 2002 NEWS. The new version 1.22 of the #1 ranked codes program, CodeFinder: Millennium Edition, was released and is shipping as of today. Version 1.22 adds a wonderful new function set called matrix filter, that automatically evaluates and determines the optimal matrix from search results, either closest terms or smallest matrix. On the leading edge of Bible codes software development, the new version also allows term length up to 256 characters each (for long sentences as terms); it gives expanded advanced Search Parameters capability; has an updated Tutorial in PDF; and expanded HELP (an electronic manual) which explains the new capabilities. The new CD of version 1.22 also has the latest version of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader for installation, and fully capable trial versions of Music From The Torah (experimental music codes) and RS-FTP (a great new ftp program).
WARNING: NO ONE HAS YET PROVEN THAT ANY RELIABLE CODES EXIST IN THE ORIGINAL GREEK OF THE NEW TESTAMENT. ONLY THOUGHTFUL RESEARCH WILL PROVE OR DISPROVE THE PREMISE. THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS WILL AID THAT PROCESS OF RESEARCH.
In the following software comparisons article, I will discuss all the features of the various programs in an unbiased manner. While all the discussed programs will search for codes in the Hebrew Torah or Tanach, the intent of this article is to compare their ability to look for hidden codes in the Greek textus receptus New Testament, therefore, no discussion is made of Hebrew search capabilities. For a discussion of Hebrew ELS codes search programs, jump to my companion article comparing those programs. Comparison of Hebrew Codes Software Programs
All the programs are for a PC with Windows. No Macintosh program is available.
Programs Tested: (not ranked here, ranking of programs is at the end of the article)
Test parameters for ELS codes searches:
Item 1. What does it search?
Bible Decoder (formerly known as Multilingual Bible Decoder) comes with the Hebrew Torah & Tanach, and Webster's English Bible Pentateuch (Torah or first 5 books in English) for codes practice in English. This program comes with an ELS Import Text function for simple conversions of any text in English, Hebrew, and Greek for preparation to use in codes searches. I've used this program with Greek texts and it takes less than five minutes to import the text and begin to look for codes in the Greek New Testament. Uses of this function might include a Mormon who wants to search for codes in the Book of Mormon. On their website, they have links to many places on the web where a person can download Bibles of all types in all languages.
CodeFinder comes with the Greek textus receptus, Hebrew Torah, entire Hebrew Tanach, and English KJV Old & New Testaments already set up for immediate hidden codes searches. It searches very well in Greek, English, and Hebrew. The program also comes with Genesis, an electronically randomized Torah, and War & Peace shortened to the length of Genesis in Hebrew; and Moby Dick in English.
2. How fast does it search?
Second Speed Test: I've run a new speed test to show a more typical codes search. This test uses a 4 letter name with the entire Greek textus receptus NT searched for an ELS range of 1 to 10,000, forward and reverse occurrences. The statistical calculation for random expected number of occurrences is 4996.2, many times that of the above search. Only Bible Decoder and CodeFinder are tested.
3. Does it search for single terms only, or multiple terms at once?
4. Will the program automatically determine a close proximity matrix for multiple search terms?
CodeFinder is best at finding a close proximity matrix, and Bible Decoder does it satisfactorily, with the difference that with CodeFinder you have much more control over everything and can proceed to add aditional terms while holding things constant, while Jarczyk's Bible Codes does not determine a close proximity matrix.
CodeFinder applies different colors to each term in your search term list found in the matrix display, and places an oval or box around each letter. CodeFinder also has built in added functionality in that the "finds list" is a tree of results. You can display all terms found, or go down the tree and display all terms in the matrix or pairs of terms. You can also lock or unlock the matrix for display by numbers of rows and columns in the matrix. CodeFinder is superior in this category because of the additional functionality for display and small area search capability. The program has a built-in unique function called a skip viewer, which brings up a window that displays the next 1000 characters from a user specified point at the ELS, so that the user can visually look for additional terms. Also, a unique function called a rubber band, so that if a person recognizes another term visually in the displayed matrix, you can click on a letter and run a mouse-directed line down vertically or diagonally and the letters and start point are automatically entered for additional search and display.
CodeFinder has small area search capabilities by letter number for beginning and ending point of the search area or by book-chapter-verse, while retaining export and import of search results. It also added a statistical calculation for expected number of occurrences of each search term as they are entered for search. A new capability is the calculation of a statistical R-value, a Rotenberg number that indicates whether a term is likely in the matrix by chance or design. In the new version 1.21, it calculates R-values for both the matrix and text searched. It has the ability for the user to toggle off/on individual search term finds in the matrix view, allowing optimal matrix preparation for graphics or print uses. A new function allows global turn-on and turn-off of terms in the matrix, when there are many matches. CodeFinder has a Greek-English dictionary, a Hebrew-English dictionary, and a Dictionary Manager for creating new dictionaries, and allows use of multiple dictionaries. The program has the capability to manually control row-splitting, dividing the center term ELS by 2-11 for optimal display and rematches terms when row-splitting. A new function incorporates automatic row-splitting in a "find the best matrix" function. A new function in the just released version 1.22 is matrix filter, which automatically filters results to find the smallest or closest matrix. Also, it has bilingual display toggling of the Search Terms List and Search Results windows. Many people new to Greek (or Hebrew) create a lengthy list of search terms and then forget what the words mean. Now, if you use the program dictionary to enter search terms (or manually enter the English equivalent in the Search Parameters window), you can right click in the Search Terms window and the terms change from Greek (or Hebrew) to English. A new breakthrough is the cursor tooltip; click on a marked letter in the matrix and the cursor tooltip window opens showing the term in English, the term ELS, and R-value. You can "Export/Import the Search List" and "Export/Import Search Results," which adds the capability to save and re-use a lengthy search terms list, or save an entire search and pick up at the same spot another day. It has some unique power-user tools that save many hours; like automatic display of number of matched terms to each main term find; and Search Parameters to set in a custom ELS range for each term. Search Parameters allows you to retain the results of an initial search, and conduct subsequent searches only on the newly added or modified terms. After each subsequent search, all finds are re-matched for automatic matrix determination. CodeFinder has date conversion from Gregorian to Jewish calendar, number conversion to Hebrew letters, and for owners of Jerusalem Dictionary/Super Milon, you can directly paste translations directly without typing. After your matrix is complete, select Report to generate a matrix report with all terms in Greek, in English, the term ELS, the text R-value, the matrix R-value, and beginning and ending of the term by book-chapter-verse; plus a matrix summary report with all relevant information.
Bible Decoder does a good job of finding a close proximity matrix. The user can choose the color for each term in the search list, which aids visual recognition. New magnifying glass function zooms in on the matrix, to more easily read letters. Searches in the English OT text can now be made case-sensitive.
Jarczyk's Bible Codes doesn't determine a close proximity matrix, but it does an alternate method well. It assigns a different color for each term and then displays every occurrence of every term. The user can then double-click through from the finds list to the matrix and visually look for terms in close proximity. The way I've used it is to pick a main term then click through each ocurrence of that term and display the matrix, then visually look for any of the other terms nearby. Since each term in your search list has a different colored box around the letters, it's fairly easy to come to a conclusion. However, I much prefer using the CodeFinder and Bible Decoder method of automatic matrix determination. They just save a lot of time in the research process. Version 1.4 adds entire Tanach.
5. What are the maximum program ELS search ranges?
6. Printing of codes matrix?
CodeFinder: Millennium Edition now allows you to crop a large matrix within the program with one click. Then you can save the matrix as a bitmapped graphics file (.bmp) which can be easily enhanced in any graphics program. No longer do you have to merge screen saves to create a large graphic, you can do it in CodeFinder in a few seconds. Also, save or print the new complete matrix Report.
7. Display of scriptures or text used in a window?
Bible Decoder displays a dual scriptures window for Torah searches only and for concordance searches. Double-click on a letter in the matrix and a window opens displaying the book-chapter-verse info and the verse in Hebrew and English. New function pop-up text window displays the original text for ANY imported text.
Jarczyk's Bible Codes does not have a scriptures display.
8. Overall ease of use?
CodeFinder now has a Greek-English dictionary, where you start typing an English word and it displays a column of English words. You can browse through and highlight the English word you want and the Greek equivalent word(s) are displayed. Double-click on the Greek word you want and it's entered in the search list without typing. CodeFinder also has a Hebrew-English dictionary for use when searching a Hebrew text. Dictionary Manager allows you to create a custom dictionary, add words, or import a complete dictionary. This is a very fast dictionary that makes the program easy to use for those just starting out in Greek.
Bible Decoder has a Hebrew-English dictionary that works very well, but has no Greek-English dictionary.
9. Is the program complete with necessary fonts and scripture texts?
10. What is the subjective reviewer affection for each program?
Bible Decoder is one of the faster codes program for the PC, and will allow the user to quickly prepare any text in any language for codes research.
Warning: I've found that no two Greek fonts are alike, meaning there is no standard like there is for English, Hebrew, etc. What this means is that users of Bible Decoder could import and prepare a Greek text and have letters transposed, giving erroneous codes searches, and not be aware of their error. The errors primarily affect chi, xi, psi, theta, and sigma final letter.
Users of Bible Decoder should check an imported and prepared Greek text, by comparing the prepared text against a known good electronic or printed text. Bible Decoder creates 3 files when it converts a text for codes search use. These files are in the imports sub-folder. You should open the .org file in a word processor and compare this against the printed or known good electronic version of the text. All you have to do is compare about half of the first chapter of Matthew to see whether all letters are present and that there are no letter transpositions for the five letters noted above. If you don't do this, you could end up getting completely erroneous results. If you find that letters are transposed, delete the prepared text and import it again, just switch the letters in the character map. This warning is only for Greek texts and arises because of no standard for Greek fonts. You can save yourself some headaches in preparing Greek texts, by using the same Greek font in Bible Decoder that was used in the source Greek text.
Jarczyk's Bible Codes is much slower. If you want a software that has the program interface selectable in English, German or French, then this is the program for you.
CodeFinder: Millennium Edition (new version 1.22 on May 26, 2002)
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Bible Decoder (version
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Jarczyk's Bible Codes (new version 1.5.002, 5/03/99)
Most users will want a Greek dictionary for use in researching the Greek textus receptus for possible codes. I own and use the NTC New College Greek and English Dictionary. The paper cover version is about $21.95 and is the same size as the more expensive hardcover edition ($29.95). The Pocket Oxford Greek Dictionary with paper covers at $15.95, is also excellent (avoid the paperback Oxford Greek dictionary because the type is small and it only has about 2/3 the content of the Pocket edition). Both the NTC New College and Pocket Oxford dictionaries have Greek-English and English-Greek sections. These two are superior to all other Greek dictionaries I've seen and have modern words. Greek lexicons in ancient Koine Greek are useful, but have none of the modern terms. You should be able to buy the two recommended dictionaries at amazon.com, barnesnoble.com, or books.com for about 30% off the above list prices.