DECIPHERING GOD'S PLAN

A NEW BOOK SAYS RABIN'S MURDER WAS PREDICTED AND THERE ARE DREADFUL THINGS TO COME. SHOULD WE FEAR?

Imagine that the future can be foretold. Not only that, but that it can be divined systematically via a pattern of words in the Bible. Imagine that the system seems to have been sketched out in a respectable academic journal. Don't forget the approaching millennium. Now imagine a lot of money.

Simon & Schuster has. Last Thursday the publisher took out a full-page ad in the New York Times to celebrate the debut of The Bible Code, a book by Michael Drosnin that, it claimed, would "completely change the way we view the world." The volume would unveil a code "broken"...

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