The Matter of Textual Variations in Scripture

After reading The Chamberlain Key, a Biblical Hebrew student astutely brought up the issue of minor variations in the consonant sequence of some of the oldest Biblical texts and wondered how these might affect our discoveries.

While the minutia of textual analysis may be of little concern to most people who read the Scriptural translations in their native language, to Biblical scholars these little differences are extremely important. These subtleties are crucial in tracing the scribal lineage and provenance of any given text, and when all other stylistic and forensic evidence is taken into consideration, experts gain greater insight regarding the structure and composition of the source texts from which the extant manuscripts were copied.

It goes without saying that if any of these variations affect the letter count or consonant usage then some equidistant letter skip encryptions that were intentionally imbedded into a pristine text may be erased. So what about the stunning key code in Genesis 30:20-24 that so elegantly foreshadows the Virgin birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. Does this wonder appear in all of the oldest Torah manuscripts or have variations eliminated it any of the early texts? The answer to this question is as remarkable as it is instructive.

The miraculous and statistically phenomenal key code appears in all of the earliest Biblical Hebrew texts that scholars agree are the most accurate, regardless of their slight variations. This includes The Leningrad Codex, The Koren Tanakh, as well as every Sefer Torah in the world. The Dead Sea Scrolls contain some fragments from the Book of Genesis but none from Genesis 30: 20-24 or surrounding verses.

Copying-Hebrew-Side-by-SideAfter closely examining the precise letter sequence in the Greek Septuagint, Dr. Eugene Ulrich, in his foreword to The Chamberlain Key, makes it clear that the section of Genesis containing the key code has been it its exact present letter sequence since well before the time of Christ.

In 150 A.D., Justin Martyr examined a number of Old Testament texts in various Jewish synagogues. He seems to be of the opinion that the Masoretes did indeed make changes to the texts they’d received in order to obscure the prophecies which appeared to identify the crucified Jesus of Nazareth as the promised Messiah.

He wrote:

But I am far from putting reliance in your teachers, who refuse to admit that the interpretation made by the seventy elders who were with Ptolemy [king] of the Egyptians is a correct one; and they attempt to frame another. And I wish you to observe, that they have altogether taken away many Scriptures from the [Septuagint] translations effected by those seventy elders who were with Ptolemy, and by which this very man who was crucified is proved to have been set forth expressly as God, and man, and as being crucified, and as dying. (150 A.D., Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho the Jew, chapter LXXI)

What is truly intriguing about Justin Martyr’s observation, if it is correct, is that later Jewish scribes directed their textual modifications to the prophecies which clearly and openly foreshadowed Jesus who was crucified. If some scribes indeed practiced such prejudicial editing they would have no reason to modify the narrative in Genesis regarding Jacob, the founder of the house of Israel, and his wife Leah with her six sons and a daughter. A precise detailed prophecy regarding the Virgin birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus was hidden in a few short lines of script that no one would be tempted to alter. This may indeed be the reason this encoded prophecy was able to survive unaltered in all of the oldest extant Hebrew manuscripts.

My initial discoveries have proven so impressive to computer program and systems experts involved in defense intelligence cryptanalysis that a well-funded project was undertaken to analyze the phenomenon using the most advanced code decryption technology. This approach has the empirical advantage of disregarding all purely ideological considerations and scrutinizes the ancient Biblical texts to determine if they are in reality encrypted with what could be considered “actionable intelligence.” The case is approached as if it were a serious intelligence gathering operation taking into consideration all of the accessible facts and data. This requires the input of ancient language experts, statistical mathematicians, comparative history scholars, and other scientific disciplines.

All of the earliest Biblical texts and scroll fragments have been taken into consideration and their variations systematically analyzed. The programing technologies developed will not only be useful in exploring the texts for intentional intelligent coded information but will also provide independent scholars with a powerful tool to quickly perform comparative critical analysis based on their own research parameters and requirements.

What began decades ago as my own quest to unravel the mystery of my own ancestry and to understand the true meaning and significance of my personal spiritual experiences has unfolded into what may prove to be the most profound discovery of the modern age, offering to bridge the chasm between our most profound spiritual faith and intuition, as well as with our current understanding of the physical universe and time itself. At first blush this prospect may seem naïve and overhyped, but under the closest scrutiny that notion gives way to the very real likelihood that we are on the cusp of something truly cosmic in scope.

I invite everyone, regardless of their faith, educational background, or field of expertise, to examine and question what I have shared in The Chamberlain Key, as well as information provided on our website and in future publications. We consider well thought out criticisms to be the most helpful in our pursuit of the truth and take no offense if any flaw or oversight is detected in our observations or methodology.

I look forward to all of the wonderful insights we all will benefit from by a free and respectful exchange of knowledge, experience, opinion, and intuition.

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