Divine misconception of the day: “Bible put on a pinhead-size chip”. 300,000 letters is not the length of the Hebrew or Christian Bible. It is the length of the Torah. For example, Who Wrote the Bible? (Friedman 1987) deals with the authorship of just the Torah, not the entire Hebrew or Christian Bible. Michael Drosnin in The Bible Code (Drosnin 1997, p. 25) claims that the “Bible” is “304,805 letters long”—the length of the Torah alone. Likewise, Walking the Bible (Feiler 2002) only retraces the footsteps people took in the Torah. Why people keep making this mistake, I do not know.
Drosnin, Michael. 1997. The Bible Code. 1st Touchstone Edition ed. New York: Touchstone.
Feiler, Bruce S. 2002. Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses. New York: Perrenial/HarperCollinsPublishers. Original edition, New York: William Morrow, 2001.
Friedman, Richard Elliott. 1987. Who Wrote the Bible? New York: Summit Books.
Today’s news and commentary, some of which Barry is responsible:
- “Bethlehem at Christmas (1996)”
- “Sex is for adults” (Good point in there: it takes two to tango.)
- “Chinese police dog may teach pandas to fight”
- “What Was Ailing Tiny Tim?”
- “Scotland to put anti-drunk driving ads in computer games”
- “Kyrgyzstan touted as ideal delivery hub for Santa”
- “Gaza's Christians keep low Xmas profile”
- “Daily Mail Columnist Is Not a Wise Man”
- “US aid 'diverted' in Pakistan”
- “Not one but 'six giraffe species'”
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