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BIBLE CODE SOFTWARE COMPARISONS
This article has been periodically updated for over 7 years, and discusses the features of a number of Bible code software programs which enable the average person to look for the hidden codes in the Bible. From my own research, the extent of the codes is much greater than shown in books on the Bible codes. There have been huge advances in Bible code software since the mid-90's (over 1000 times faster and also automation). The best commercial codes software programs makes it all far easier for everyone, beginner or expert. You need a program that has automatic terms matching and also statistics capabilities.
B. Torah Codes MAC from Torah Educational Software http://www.jewishsoftware.com/
PC Windows Bible Code Software: in ranked order (#1 and #2 are the best by far)
Test parameters for ELS codes searches:
1. What does it search?
All 8 programs search the Hebrew Torah, and I believe all programs use the Koren Edition Torah, so that results will be the same for all programs in the Torah. Not so for the Tanach.
The Tanach in Keys to the Bible and Bible Codes 2000 is the latest from Koren researchers in Jerusalem with some changes (14 letter changes?) from the printed Koren The Jerusalem Bible. I consider it to be the most accurate Tanach in the world. The Tanach in CodeFinder: ME and Bible Decoder is hand corrected to the printed Koren, The Jerusalem Bible. All the other programs have a somewhat less accurate Tanach as compared to the Koren Tanach. Bible Code Oracle only searches the Torah.
2. How fast does it search? (updated 8/05/2004)
Speed Test One Notes:
Speed Test Two: The purpose of the 2nd test is to search for a shorter word, with a much higher number of expected finds, in this case above 3000. Some programs bog down with higher numbers of finds, while others search faster on shorter terms even though there are many more finds. Compare with the results in test one above, it's eye-opening. The search is for a four letter name, George (gimel vav resh gimel); text is the entire Torah; ELS range 1 to 20,000 forward and reverse occurrences; and the same 2 computers. Statistical number of expected occurrences is 3132.
Speed Test Two Notes:
3. Does it search for single terms, or multiple terms, and terms matching?
CodeFinder: Millenium Edition, Keys to the Bible, Bible Search Pro, Bible Codes Plus/2000, Unlocking the Bible Code and Bible Code Oracle have terms matching. CodeFinder: Millennium Edition is superior in this aspect, both in data handling and the user-customizable methods for searching data.
1. CodeFinder: Millenium Edition: Search up to 500 individual terms at once, at a blinding speed, faster than all others. In using CodeFinder: ME, the program designates the first term in the search list as the main/key term and matches all other terms to it based on the desired size matrix set in Settings. As a plus, CodeFinder: ME is also the only program that allows toroidal searches (circular text). All other programs allow a straight codes search as if the text were a straight line with no spaces between the letters. CodeFinder: ME allows a straight search text and also a toroidal search where the beginning and end of the search text are connected (a circular text). Many of the incredible matrixes I've done lately have been toroidal matrixes (for example, the matrixes shown on the last two History Channel specials: End of Days matrix and WMD from Iraq matrix). Superior automatic terms matching.
2. Keys to the Bible (and Bible Codes Plus/2000): Both of these programs by Computronic Corp in Israel allow search for 7 terms in the initial search, and then allows either dictionary searches in the displayed matrix, or searches within searches with up to 6 terms at a time. In a code search, one enters the main/key term and up to 6 other terms in the initial search; and the program matches the occurrences of the other terms to the occurrences of the main/key term. It works well.
2. Bible Search Pro: Allows best-fit match for 2 to 50 terms. Matches made via choice of least area, smallest diagonal, or WRR distance measure for best-fit matches. Flexibility in matching terms gives users some control in how best to arrive at desired results. It works well.
5. Unlocking the Bible Code: Terms matches only word pairs. It's a primitive start in the type of terms matching done by the best programs, but not up to the capabilities of these better programs.
7. Bible Code Oracle: Program has matching and automatching for designated terms in an already searched list. While fully automatic, the program is slow as compared to the other programs, and doesn't allow varying matrix ELS for row-splits as do the four programs above. Row-splits are the means to flatten a 3-dimensional matrix into a 2 dimensional flat matrix. As a long time codes researcher, I find Bible Code Oracle doesn't give the flexibility needed for advanced codes research, since the program designers decided they knew best and built it to operate in only one way.
4. What are the maximum ELS skip ranges in the program?
5. What advanced codes research features are in the programs?
Terms Matching: CodeFinder: ME is the fastest codes program and automatically matches up to 500 terms. It does it with row-split enabled or disabled, something no other program does. Bible Search Pro matches 2-50 terms in a variety of selectable methods. A crucial function.
Bilingual Dictionary: Keys to the Bible and Bible Codes Plus (2000) have 5 bilingual Hebrew dictionaries that are superior to all other programs, plus date conversion, years database, and anagram function; and most notable it does dictionary searches in the matrix using all dictionaries. Bible Search Pro has a small bilingual dictionary and includes the massive Babylon bilingual dictionary program on the CD. It does dictionary search with the smaller dictionary, a good feature. Unlocking the Bible Code has a number of bilingual dictionaries that work very well.
Statistics: CodeFinder: ME and Keys to the Bible use the R-value system, giving a quick "in the ballpark" statistical calculation for the matrix. I think they both work extremely well. Bible Search Pro has a more academic and complicated set of statistics tools that work well, but require a bit more knowledge of statistics to wring out the meaning. A really helpful way to judge the value of a matrix mathematically; since some can portray seemingly meaningful matrixes to the unwary but when analyzed statistically, it falls short on relevance. That doesn't mean the matrix is wrong or not valuable, but if not statistically significant, the question is open.
Date Conversion: CodeFinder: ME, Keys to the Bible and Bible Codes Plus (2000) have fantastic and easy to use date and calendar conversion tools. Unlocking the Bible Code has a good capability but doesn't allow selectively using the "hey" for thousands; it uses only the short version for the year.
Row-Splits: A means to collapse a 3D matrix to 2D, and CodeFinder: ME does it best. Keys to the Bible and Bible Codes Plus also do it very well. This capability leads to far more relevant matrixes, and one has to know the theory to do it all manually and at a great expense in time spent.
Matrix Display: All the programs do this well except Torah Codes 2000. Unlocking the Bible Code is downgraded because it repeats the matrix horizontally which many times has caused confusion to the users. Bible Code Oracle actually has visually nice looking color display, but doesn't allow for any modification making it suitable only for trivial codes work.
Matrix Report: A crucial capability, since this function allows you to make your finds available to others. CodeFinder: ME and Keys to the Bible are clearly superior here, with my preference slightly going to the CodeFinder matrix report.
Data Handling: When looking for many terms, the ability to handle large amounts of terms and finds is crucial in order to not get lost. CodeFinder: ME's tree system is the best. It's only limited by amount of ram memory. Some other programs have a lower "maximum number of terms found", which limits the program.
Scripture Window: Keys to the Bible and Bible Codes Plus (2000) is the only program that has nikud (vowelization marks) in the Hebrew scripture window display, or you can turn them off. These programs actually have many supplemental functions that enable Bible study including outstanding concordances. In actuality, the price of Keys to the Bible is about the same price as a Bible program that has the Koren Torah and Tanach and concordances, so Keys to the Bible is a great deal. The scripture windows in Bible Search Pro are good and it has excellent concordances.
Able to Vary Search Text: The best programs allow the user to not only search the Torah and Tanach, but to select a book for search, or from letter number to letter number, or book-chapter-verse to book-chapter-verse. Those marked good allow Torah, Tanach, or book, or section, but don't allow a small custom length search text. Bible Code Oracle only searches the Torah and one cannot vary that at all.
Program Updates: Does it cost to upgrade a program when a new version comes out? With CodeFinder: Millennium Edition and Bible Search Pro, updates to new versions are a free download for owners of the program.
***Keys to the Bible and Bible Codes Plus (2000) from Computronics provide free bug fixes, but do not come out with new versions. Instead, Computronics comes out with a new program that is significantly better (example is Keys to the Bible coming out in 2004 and superseding Bible Codes 2000/Plus).
The other programs marked none have never come out with newer versions.
Numbers Conversion: This is the capability to convert numbers to Hebrew letters or words. Keys to the Bible and Bible Codes Plus are outstanding in doing both. CodeFinder: ME does it well. The rest of the programs do not have a numbers conversion function.
Toggle to English Tools: CodeFinder: ME allows the user to toggle the Search List and Search Results List from Hebrew to English and back again; and it gives the user a cursor tooltip function to click on a marked letter in the matrix where a small window pops up showing the term in Hebrew and English, and gives the ELS skip and statistical text R-value. The rest of the programs don't have toggle capability, but show terms in a list with Hebrew and English. Bible Search Pro also has the unique capability to toggle the entire matrix from Hebrew letters to English letters. Since it doesn't have vowels when toggled, one still has to know the Hebrew words, perhaps limiting usefulness.
Matrix Filter: CodeFinder: ME has a unique set of functions of matrix filters called "closest" and "smallest". These allow the program to automatically analyze all results and come up with the smallest size matrix, or where the terms are closest from each other. Bible Search Pro has choice of least area, smallest diagonal, or WRR distance measure for best-fit matches. While Bible Code Oracle is limited in many ways, it does have a setting for matching terms based on distance.
Add Terms Seen Visually In The Matrix: CodeFinder: ME has a cursor rubberband feature where you drag over the letters in the matrix and add the term to the search list without typing. This is handy when you visually spot a new term in the displayed matrix. Keys to the Bible, Bible Codes Plus and ABC Decoder allows the user to select symbol and symbol color and then click on each letter in the matrix to add a visually spotted term. With all the other programs, one would manually type in the letters in the search list for a visually spotted new term in the matrix.
Tutorial: All the programs have a solid HELP as an electronic manual replete with graphics to show functions and explain features. Don't ignore the HELP in the programs. CodeFinder: ME comes with an extensive PDF Tutorial with 3 step by step Lessons to teach program functions, teach the alphabet, transliterations and aids; plus an extensive HELP electronic manual with graphics. Keys to the Bible and Bible Codes Plus both have an onscreen color Tutorial going through a search, plus HELP, plus a 100-page printed manual. Bible Search Pro has an extensive HELP with Tutorials with graphics, alphabet tutorial, statistics tutorial; and has codes articles and codes audio files on their website. Unlocking the Bible Code has an good HELP with graphics. ABC Decoder has an onscreen color Tutorial going through a search example, plus HELP. Bible Code Oracle has HELP with extensive color graphics. Torah Codes 2000 has a good HELP.
6. Does it include printing capabilities?
Matrix report: CodeFinder: ME is superior saving the matrix report as an RTF file with color. Keys to the Bible is second best with a matrix report and statistics report. All other programs are lacking good matrix reports.
7. Hebrew and English scriptures displayed?
8. Overall ease of use?
9. Is the program complete with texts and fonts?
10. Extra program functions, not directly related to codes research.
Keys to the Bible: (everything shown below for Bible Codes Plus (2000) plus the following)
Bible Codes 2000 & ABC Decoder:
CodeFinder: Millennium Edition:
Torah Codes 2000:
Unlocking the Bible Codes:
Bible Code Oracle:
Bible Search Pro:
11. What is the subjective assessment of the reviewer towards all the programs?
You've read about all the functions in the various Bible code programs above, but the bottom line is that if you want to achieve the best results with a lot less work, then you'll get CodeFinder: Millennium Edition , Keys to the Bible, or Bible Search Pro; all the others are less capable.
CodeFinder: Millennium Edition (version 1.22, May, 2002)
CodeFinder: ME North American Orders available through Codes in the Bible at $67.95 plus $4.00 s&h for CD and $57.95 for the immediate download. 2-3 day delivery using Priority Mail in the USA. You can order securely with 128-bit order encryption at http://AD2004.com/shopping/ using VISA, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express or through Paypal. 3-5 days using Global Priority mail for other than USA. Order through the mail using checks, money orders, or credit cards to: Codes in the Bible, 1221 Buttonwood Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525 USA. E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Codes in the Bible has a great package deal (save $24) on CodeFinder: ME + Jerusalem Dictionary/Super Milon deluxe dictionary/thesaurus program for translations from Hebrew-English and English-Hebrew. http://ad2004.com/shopping/
Keys to the Bible (new program January 2004)
Keys to the Bible on sale for $59.95 + shipping. On CD with printed manual and electronic tutorial. Everything in Bible Codes Plus (2000) and accurate statistics, gematria, Rashi Commentary (English and Hebrew), and more.
You can fax an order to: +972-3-536-4091. Or you can mail a check for sale price + $10 shipping for international air mail, 7-14 days) to: Computronic Corporation; PO Box 102; Savyon 56530 Israel. Or you can call in an order to: +972-3 536-4383 (Sunday-Thursday during normal business hours in Israel, 7 hours ahead of EST). They can be contacted at: email@example.com
NORTH AMERICAN ORDERS for Keys to the Bible and Bible Codes Plus/2000 and Jerusalem Dictionary/Super Milon are available from Codes in the Bible with 2-3 day shipping by Priority Mail in the USA (same price as from Israel but lower shipping cost and faster delivery). Others by Global Priority Mail, 3-5 days shipping, or International Air Mail. 128-bit secure online order encryption using VISA, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express, or through Paypal. You can also order by mail using a check, money order, or credit cards. Codes in the Bible; 1221 Buttonwood Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525 USA http://ad2004.com/shopping/
Bible Search Pro (version 1.21, 2004)
Unlocking the Bible Codes (version 2.0 new 2/01/1999)
There may be other sellers of Unlocking the Bible Code within the USA.
BTW, DOKO Media Ltd. is a long-time maker of Holy Land films, and they offer 18 DVDs/videos on either website above. Select the FILMS button, and you'll see videos like Holyland Journey, the Last Supper, and topics like Mt. Sinai, Dead Sea Scrolls, Armageddon, Israel in Song, and the Temple in Jerusalem. Some videos are in as many as 19 languages. Check them out, it's much less costly than a trip.
Torah Codes 2000 (4/01/1999)
Bible Code Oracle (version 1.6, new 6/01/2004)
Dictionaries: Printed and Dictionary Software
There are many people in the USA who would like to search for the codes, but they have no knowledge of Hebrew. There is help and it's not that hard. Computronic Corp makes a superb translation software called Jerusalem Dictionary or Super Milon 2000, ($69.95). This is their flagship software product, and translates words and phrases from Hebrew to English and from English to Hebrew. It also has synonyms and antonyms, verbs, and a spell checker. It's a super program with over 200,000 word & phrase capabilities in both languages, and I use it myself. I have it set up as a start-up program, and can bring it up any time in any program, with a simple keyboard command. It works by allowing translation from English to Hebrew, then click on the Hebrew word and it's entered in the window for codes search. It will aid you in translating to & from English to Hebrew. Special package deal price for Jerusalem Dictionary and Bible code programs at: http://www.biblecodesplus.com/ or in North America http://ad2004.com/shopping/
NOTE: Jerusalem Dictionary/Super Milon 2000 will paste translated words directly into either CodeFinder: Millennium Edition, Keys to the Bible and Bible Codes 2000, without any typing. Just hit the "send/paste" button.
Hebrew World is a complete multimedia Hebrew training program on CD, and one used by US Embassy personnel in Israel to learn Hebrew. It takes the user from learning the Hebrew alphabet and vowel marks, through the biblical numbering system, Hebrew calendar, and ascending level of words, to reading the Torah (with correct pronunciations). Hebrew World is on sale now for $49.95 + shipping. Hebrew World is the best way to begin learning Hebrew, and http://ad2004.com/shopping/ has Hebrew World.
The second thing needed is a printed Hebrew to English and English to Hebrew dictionary. I use the Ben-Yehuda's Pocket Hebrew-English and English-Hebrew dictionary extensively; and it is very inexpensive (~$7.00), while also comprehensive. The Oxford English-Hebrew dictionary is more comprehensive and includes technical, scientific, and slang terms, but is more expensive at ~$20.50 (papercover). The Oxford dictionary only goes from English to Hebrew, whereas Ben-Yehuda's Dictionary goes from Hebrew to English and English to Hebrew.
My ranking of what I consider the top 3 print dictionaries is:
All 3 should be available at Amazon.com or Barnes&Noble.com at a nice discount. Don't buy all three. The above prices are what I saw on Amazon today.