[next post I’ll deal the the latest critic talking point —’coincidences are common’.]
As for Drosnin’s “Space Alien” theory ...
Much of the early Bible was based on oral traditions prior to having been written. The Hebrew language did not yet exist.
And while Drosnin may not have know about Yucov’s work, the coded prophesy about light speed — miles per second. English miles were not developed yet, and I don’t believe that the measurement of seconds was known during the oral traditions of Genesis. So time traveling space aliens would have been very busy to put this all together.
No, it makes much more sense to believe in the obvious — a Divine Force, a mischevious individual who delights in bringing mystery to our lives. This individual likes to confound the learned and scholarly among us:
Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Deconstructing the Main Counter-Point
The main defense used by academe is sophist and not in any way founded on math — they claim that strange ‘coincidences’ are to be expected in life. I’ve yet to see the mathematical formula that proves this. So now mathemetics is now entering the realm of political spin. We’ll be hearing more and more about how math is not about math, that it’s ‘intuitive’, etc. It might even be why they created the TV series, ‘Numbers’. Great series, even for guys like me who expect high entertainment. But when it comes to ‘debunking’ mathematical improbabilities, it fails.