Although he is a self-described non-observant Jew, the mathematical analyses of Scripture conducted by engineering professor and researcher Dr. Haim Shore reveals an intelligent elegance toward the Hebrew Bible that may surprise you.
Shore was born in the Israeli city of Tiberias on the shores of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Possessed of a scientific mind, he makes no claims whatsoever about the religious significance of his findings.
“As a scientist,” Shore told Breaking Israel News, “my only motivation was to reveal the truth, based on statistical analysis, based on real quantitative data. I have not tried to prove that Torah is divine or any other such objective.
“The direct trigger for my work was the famous assertion by Chazal (ancient Jewish sages): ‘God observed the Torah and created the world.’ As an engineer and as a researcher, I have asked myself, ‘How can this assertion be scientifically examined?’”
Shore is referring to a teaching that appears in Bereshit Rabbah, a collection of rabbinic interpretations of the Book of Genesis which scholars believe to be at least 1,500 years old. The idea is that the Torah preceded the creation of the world and that God consulted the Torah in order to fashion the universe and its component parts.
If this teaching is true, then one could logically expect to find evidence by examining the natural world. And that’s exactly what Shore attempted to do.
In one of his easier-to-understand findings, Shore reveals the scientific wisdom embedded in the Hebrew word for pregnancy.
The Hebrew word heraion means pregnancy. Using the system that assigns a numerical value to each Hebrew letter, the word heraion has a numerical value of 271, which easily falls within the range of a normal human pregnancy (typically 266 to 280 days).
It was You who created my conscience; You fashioned me in my mother’s womb. Psalms 139:13
In a 2009 interview with the Jerusalem Post, he cited another intriguing example of scientific wisdom hidden in Hebrew words. “Ozen which means ear in Hebrew, comes from the same root as the Hebrew word for balance [ezun]. That’s curious, because it was only at the end of the 19th century that we discovered that the mechanism responsible for the body’s balance resides in the ear.”
In a more complicated example, Shore also conducted data analyses that related the numerical value of the Hebrew words for specific colors, such as adom for red and tzahov for yellow, to wave frequencies. His analyses revealed that, “The Hebrew word for the color actually matched the color’s wave frequency.”
Shore carefully distinguished between his research and the spiritual system known as gematria. “Gematria tries to find common meaning between words having the same numerical values. I have not engaged at all in this practice in my research,” he emphasized.
Shore’s self-published Coincidences in the Bible and in Biblical Hebrew, revised in 2012, is intended for a lay audience. The book, available as a free download, offers many other examples of scientific findings embedded in the Hebrew Scriptures.
The promotional copy for the book indicates that it presents, “words in Hebrew that show intent to convey a message, coincidences in Hebrew language which show intent to convey hidden information, occasionally information that could not be expected to be known in biblical times and passages in the Bible that convey or assume information or knowledge unlikely to have been known in biblical times.”
“What I found is that there’s an astonishing number of ‘coincidences’ in which the Hebrew name for some ‘entity’ in the Bible relates directly to that entity’s scientifically established physical property,” he said in 2009.
His findings excited Bible-believing Jews and Christians all over the world. However, despite its scientific rigor, Shore found his colleagues were not interested in this line of query.
“Once my research was concluded,” he explained to Breaking Israel News, “I attempted to publish my findings and present them in scientific conferences. However, no editor of a scientific journal I approached was willing to even consider publishing my research because of its subject matter.”
Created for a scientific community that turned up its nose at research based on Scripture, Shore self-published his work and made it available through his personal blog. His work was popularized through social media, most notably YouTube.
Filmmaker Oren Evron’s YouTube channel, which has gotten more than 2.5 million views since 2014, was created to offer mathematical, logical and scientific proofs that the Torah is true and that it was given by the Creator of the universe.
His hour-long film, provocatively titled “Math Unveils the Truth – Torah is of Divine Origin” was based on Professor Shore’s research. It has garnered in excess of 1.3 million views since 2015. This number of views is particularly remarkable considering how much advanced mathematics is presented in the documentary.
Professor Shore actively responds to comments from readers of his blog. Last year, he revealed his own surprise at his findings to an admirer on his blog, “When I first obtained the new findings on my computer’s screen I could not believe my eyes – it was so overwhelming! I ran around like a lion in a cage. I then ran and re-ran the program and still got exactly same results. It took me a while to digest all these new findings and apprehend that these are all for real.”
Dr. Haim Shore is a tenured professor of engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He earned five academic degrees and has published extensively in books and prestigious international academic journals.
Some of his admirers assert that Shore uses the Hebrew language to prove that the Bible has a divine author. He disagrees and repeatedly emphasizes to his readers that, “My research is not a mathematical proof of the Torah, neither was it intended to be so.”
Readers are invited to draw their own conclusions.