Thursday, June 15, 2017
The Chamberlain Key by Timothy P. Smith
After completing the book, I still feel a bit unsure about the conclusions drawn. I will say that the book was a quick read and a fascinating one. The more detailed explanations of his analysis were a little hard to comprehend. If this were a fiction book, I'd have no qualms recommending it because the topic was quite fascinating and mysterious.
As for its authenticity as truly unlocking some mysterious code that God embedded in Scriptures, I will have to reserve judgment. The fact that what got him started was seeing the Hebrew version of his name and some other personal information in coded form in Genesis seems really difficult to believe. Additionally, Smith asserts God communicating to him through dreams.
Could God have built hidden messages into the Bible? Of course! And can God communicate to others through dreams and visions? Absolutely. An infinite God who created all things and exists outside of time, is capable of anything. Without having much of a personal understanding of the software employed, nor knowledge of Hebrew, I don't feel qualified to verify his findings. I am hoping that experts in the field will weigh in on his conclusions. Random House Studio and Jupiter Entertainment have partnered to create a television documentary series based on the book slated to air at the end of 2017.
For now, I'm taking a "wait and see" approach. If Timothy Smith's work draws readers to a relationship with God, that is a marvelous thing. I just hope that people won't be more fascinated by the hidden messages than by the Word right before us and the Author who penned it.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Chamberlain Key from Blogging for Books for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.