Sources for "Equidistant Letter Sequences"
The so-called Equidistant Letter Sequences [ELS] controversy is
based on the claim made by a group of statisticians that
--according to the authors-- meaningful pair-wise linkages of words
appear to be "embedded" in the body the Masoretic Text of the Torah
(and more specifically, the book of Genesis).
It probably does not need to be pointed out that this claim has
met with some skepticism (as well as much unquestioning acceptance).
Below are a number of web-resources
that deal with this topic.
Witztum, Rips and Rosenberg, 1994
The text of the original paper, published in the journal
A reponse, by a mathematician, to the paper above.
This paper was original printed in the Oct 1995 issue of the semi-popular
Bible Review. This article, written by a family therapist
and mystery novelist, leaves many questions unanswered. Furthermore
it is essentially completely uncritical in its acceptance of the
of the original authors. Nonetheless, it provides a
reasonably approachable overview of what is being claimed by the
authors (as well as their more literalist supporters).
TCODE Resources List
The "Internet Resources List" for TCODE, a mailing devoted to discussion
about the claims of Witztum et al.
(Note: The overwhelming majority of items on this page either
uncritically accept the claims of Witztum et al and/or use them
to advance various religious viewpoints.)
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