Ivan Panin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the skier of the same name, see Ivan Panin (skier).
Ivan Panin
Born (1855-12-12)December 12, 1855
Died October 30, 1942(1942-10-30) (aged 86)
Aldershot, Ontario
Ethnicity Caucasian
Citizenship Russian (1855–73)
German (1874–1877)
American (1878–1942)

Ivan Nikolayevitsh Panin (12 December 1855 – 30 October 1942) was a Russian emigrant to the United States who achieved fame for claiming to have discovered numeric patterns in the text of the Hebrew and Greek Bible and for his published work based on his subsequent research.


Ivan Nikolayevitsh Panin was born in Russia on 12 December 1855. Having participated in plots against the Czar at an early age, he was exiled and emigrated first to Germany and then to the United States. Professing to be "self taught", in 1878 he entered Harvard University. After 4 years, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. During the first year of his university studies he took a few mathematics courses but didn't excel. After graduation in 1882 he became known for his lectures on Russian literature.

He also converted from Agnosticism and Nihilism to Christianity. His work embraces the concept of the omnipresence of God.

In 1890, Panin claimed to have discovered numerical patterns in the Hebrew text of the Psalms, and soon afterwards in the Greek text of the New Testament. In 1899 Panin sent a letter to the New York Sun challenging his audience to disprove his thesis that the numerical structure of scripture showed its divine origin.

Thereafter, until his death in 1942, he devoted over 50 years of his life to painstakingly exploring the numerical structure of the Scriptures, generating over 43,000 hand-penned pages of analysis. A sampling of his discoveries was published, and is still being published today.

Critics of his work doubt the value of some of his findings and dismiss more evident numerical patterns as random chance. Panin's claims, that the existence of such statistical anomalies is proof of divine inspiration, are still sharply debated by skeptics of his work today. Panin used the edition of Westcott and Hort of the New Testament, as the basis for his work, but made selective use of alternative readings that those authors suggested. He even published his own version of the Greek text, claiming to have reconstructed the lost original version by his techniques; critics see this as circular reasoning, and state that it only shows that he was capable of producing patterns himself.[1] Another criticism is that the same kind of numeric patterns can be found in any text.[2]

Proponents of his work include well-known authors such as Chuck Missler.[3]


For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it.
For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it.
For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.

Ivan Panin


Published works[edit]

Ivan Panin by Naum Aronson
  • 1903: Aphorisms
  • 1914: The New Testament from the Greek Text as Established by Bible Numerics. New Haven: Bible Numerics Co.
  • 1918: The Writings of Ivan Panin
  • 1923: Bible Chronology
  • 1934: The Shorter Works of Ivan Panin
  • New Testament in the Original Greek. The Text Established By Means of Bible Numerics (1934)
  • Bible Numerics
  • The Last Twelve Verses Of Mark
  • A Holy Challenge For Today – On Revision of the New Testament Text
  • Verbal Inspiration Of The Bible Scientifically Demonstrated
  • The Inspiration Of The Scriptures Scientifically Demonstrated
  • The Inspiration Of The Hebrew Scriptures Scientifically Demonstrated
  • The Gospel And The Kingdom – What About Dispensationalism?
  • Once In Grace, Always In Grace? – A Review of First Principles

Published letters[edit]


  1. ^ Brendan McKay, Ivan Pavin and the Gospel of Mark. School of Computer Science, Australian National University
  2. ^ Brendan McKay, Miracles in Edgar Allan Poe, based on an example presented by Charles Culver of Computers for Christ.
  3. ^ Chuck Missler, Cosmic Codes – Hidden messages from the edge of eternity. Pages 93-96 summarize Panin’s work.

External links[edit]