As part of my studies in the pursuit of biblical truth, I have found myself constantly confronted with "Textual Criticism". That is, what books of the Bible belong in the Bible, and why. As I've resigned myself as having to pay attention to, and understand the mire of arguments, I have discovered a couple of interesting phenomena and principals.
The one I want to talk about is what I like to call "The Torah Checksum". You may have already heard about this, as it is commonly referred to as "The Bible Code". Actually the "Bible Code" refers to a whole slew of numerological processes that I will not get into at this time. The only process I'm interested in for this discussion is the process I've labeled "The Torah Checksum".
When writing computer code, a process is used so that the computer and code writers can detect if the program was transmitted in its entirety, without error. What you would do is count the numerical sum of the ones and zeros. Then you would post that total at the end of the program and then add an "odd" or "even" test to the total. The mathematical process used can be just as confusing as it sounds. Thankfully the error checking process in the Torah is easier to understand.
If you examine the Torah, God's instructions for living, in the Hebrew text, you will find this Equidistant Lettering Sequence phenomena.
Go find the first use of the Hebrew character Tav. Then you count fifty more characters and you will land on a Vav. Count fifty more characters and you will land on a Resh. Fifty more characters and you will land on a Hey. Tav Vav Resh Hey, (TORH) the Hebrew spelling for the word TORAH. If you keep counting, it will happen over and over and over, throughout the whole book of Genesis, and not only the book of Genesis, but the book of Exodus too. It doesn't work for the book of Leviticus, but it does work in the books of Numbers and Deuteronomy in reverse. Yes, I said reverse. In these two books you would go to the end of Deuteronomy and find the last use of the Hebrew letter Tav. Then count backwards fifty characters and land on the Hebrew letter Vav. What you'll find is that you're spelling the word TORAH backwards over and over throughout the books of Deuteronomy and then Numbers.
So we're counting out the word TORAH forward in Genesis and Exodus and backwards for the books of Numbers and Deuteronomy. But it doesn't work in Leviticus, what gives? Well in Leviticus something else happens. In Leviticus it's every seventh letter that spells out the Tetragrammaton, the personal name of God, YHVH.
So this is what we've got:
Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy
TORH TORH YHVH HROT HROT
---> ---> <--- <---
The Torah (TORH) always leads you to God, YHVH.
With mathematical precision, we can believe that the Torah is complete, (relatively) uncorrupted and written by somebody capable of this level of precision without the use of a computer. No other "books" of the Bible have this checksum system in it. The Torah, God's instructions for living, is unique. The Torah is the root and the foundation of everything we need to know about God. Many people today discount the "Old Testament" as something outdated and discarded. That is a mistake. As we shall see, God builds on his words and promises, and his foundations are relevant throughout time.
Other facts about the Old Testament