I have been asked many times, “What makes The Chamberlain Key different from other theories and publications claiming that there are codes or encryptions in the Hebrew Bible?” I love to answer this questions because it gives me a chance to get right to the heart of the matter. My answer addresses three basic issues. The first two are technical issues related to empirical science. The third addresses how the empirical facts relate to the big theological issue at hand. But first a bit of history.
The claim that the Torah was encrypted is by no means a modern notion. The most comprehensive history of the concept is published on this website.
Here is an excerpt that covers the historical basics:
The first documented reference to equal distant letter skips is by Rabbi Bachya ben Asher (1255-1340). He writes of a 4 letter 42 letter skip Equidistant Letter Sequence (ELS) beginning from the first letter of the Torah that relates to the average length of the lunar month.
The Ramak, Rabbi Moshe Cordovero, (1522-1570) served as the Head of the Rabbinical Court (“Av Beit Din”) in Tzfat, Israel, during the 16th century. This was a time when Tzfat stood as the worldwide center for Jewish scholarship. His book Pardes Rimonim is a voluminous commentary on the Zohar. He writes in the introduction to Gate 30 that there are several ways that there is hidden information encoded in the Torah.
The secrets of our holy Torah are revealed through knowledge of combinations, numerology (gematria), switching letters, first-and-last letters, shapes of letters, first- and last- verses, skipping of letters (Dilugai Otiyot) and letter combinations.
These matters are powerful, hidden and enormous secrets. Because of their great hidden-ness, we do not have the ability to fully comprehend them. Further, to see different angles through these methods is infinite and without limit. On this the Torah says, its measure is longer than the world.
It was the cryptic comment by Rabbi Bachya that influenced Rabbi Michael Dov Weissmandl to engage in his study of the Torah codes. Rabbi Weissmandl was the Slovakian rabbi who developed a smuggling operation near the Slovak-Polish border, which enabled thousands of Jews, at a high ransom price, to reach then relatively safe Slovakia or Hungary.
Rabbi Weissmandl was fascinated by Bachya’s cryptic comment on the 4 letter ELS. He was certain that there was within the Torah, coded in equidistant letter sequences, divinely ordained information. He wrote out on white cards 10×10 arrays of the entire 304805 letter Torah and studied it for ELSs that were near multiples of 10. After his death in 1957 his Talmud study students edited their notes of Rabbi Weissmandl’s teachings, including some of his Torah codes and published the book Torat Chemed.
In 1976, Rabbi Shmuel Yaniv began working on equidistant letter sequences and associated gematrias, specifically with respect to religious themes. And he began to incorporate this code point of view in his religious lectures. Rabbi Yaniv published his first book צפונות בתורה, Tzefunot Ba’Torah, Volume 1, in 1988, his second book with the title צפונות בתורה, Tzefunot Ba’Torah, Volume 2 in 1989, and his third book with the title צפונות בתורה, Tzefunot Ba’Torah Volume 3,4, in 1990. All his books are in Hebrew. The translation of the title of his 4 volume book is Hidden Things in the Torah.
It was Rabbi Yaniv’s teachings in the late 1970’s that influenced Professor Eliyahu Rips to examine the Torah from the point of view of codes. It was also Rabbi Yaniv who told Professor Rips about the existence of Rabbi Weissmandl’s book Torat Chemed.
The Difference Between Remarkable and Astronomical
What seemed to be missing from these interesting claims, and the research that these claims prompted, was an example of an encryption that was beyond remarkable, but rather one that was statistically astronomical. A working proof of concept that presented undeniable and irrefutable empirical evidence that meaningful intelligent information was indeed encrypted in the earliest Biblical texts. Something so phenomenal that it would prompt any honest investigator to concede the fact and move on to the next level of exploration. Previous observations and publications added some weight to the matter but critics of the theory were also able to raise serious technical and statistical objections to the examples that were put forth. Both sides of the issue had credible proponents so in the public mind the verdict was left hanging in the fuzzy realm of academic opinion. But The Chamberlain Key has tip the scales irreversibly. How?
The All-Critical A-Priori
Since we are talking here about the most influential manuscript in the known history of human civilization (The Bible) we are hesitant to adjust our opinion of its nature, structure, and origin away from the orthodox academic position without the presentation of overwhelming evidence. Determining the presence of intentional coded encryption in any writing or document is a matter of statistical mathematics. It is not a matter of opinion, ideology or theology. In order to definitively calculate statistical significance one must establish a clear a-priori condition in order to define the parameters of any empirical test.
In the case of The Chamberlain Key, I hypothesized that I would find an important encryption in Genesis 30: 20-21, which reads:
“Then Leah said, “God has endowed me with a good endowment; now my husband will honor me, because I have borne him six sons.” So she called his name Zebulun. Afterward she bore a daughter and called her name Dinah.”
In 1997, with the birth of my daughter, I had become the father of six sons and, finally, a daughter. My father also had six sons and a daughter. These are biographical facts that are a matter of public record and explain why I had isolated this small section of the Hebrew text. Ten years prior to the birth of my daughter (as you will discover when you read The Chamberlain Key) I’d experienced an overwhelming spiritual encounter which made it clear that something was hidden for me to unravel in the Torah of Moses. I recorded the experience moments after it occurred in my journal and still have my original handwritten account. I chose the Hebrew spelling of my own name because I was aware of the Biblical precedent of divine contact via the use of “a person’s name.” My given name is Timothy Paul. I was named after Saint Timotheus, the disciple of Saint Paul. No one could honestly question the connection between me and my own name. Nor could they doubt the synchronistic connection between me and these verses of text.
The correct spelling of Timotheus is nine letters long and so it is statistically impossible for this nine letter name to appear at any equidistant skip anywhere in the Torah. This would be like picking a nine number lottery ticket with only one draw…then being restricted to picking only your own nine digit social security number in correct order…and then only being allowed to pick this number on your birthday. The nine letter name “Timotheus” is encrypted at a perfect equidistance of 16 directly over this section of text. The statistical standard deviation is 5157.08. A standard deviation of 7.0 would be odds of 390 billion to 1. So the odds against this being a random meaningless coincidence are nearly infinite.
A Time-Locked Code
Then we add to this fact that my birthday, on the 21st day of February in the year 1960 (on the 23rd day of Shvat in the year 5720, according to the Hebrew calendar, which also rendered nine letters in Hebrew) also appears as an equidistant encryption in the ancient Hebrew text. And this date is the only exact date (day/month/year) that is encrypted anywhere in the entire Tanakh at any equidistant skip whatever. This biographical data was encrypted into the text intentionally. This is an empirical fact. Never before has anyone demonstrated the clear a-priori condition necessary to establish such an astronomical phenomenon. It is an absolute proof of concept.
This is what separates The Chamberlain Key from all other publications on the subject of encrypted codes in the Bible. Other claims and publications on the subject may be thought provoking…or they may be flawed, but The Chamberlain Key establishes the acid test that finally allows scholars and researchers to confidently move to the next level.