Pattern Analysis Handbook

A Reference Guide

Thomas B. Clarke

A mathematician reveals the emphatic voice of the Holy Spirit through patterns in the Bible

What is Pattern Analysis?

Have you been hearing the voice of God? I would like to show you how to hear the Holy Spirit’s emphatic voice in the Bible through the analysis of patterns. These patterns exist from Genesis to Revelation without a break or separation from the next, like a line of treasure boxes one next to another. May I show you?

Throughout the Bible, Genesis to Revelation, patterns have been placed for the distinct purpose of organizing thoughts and emphasizing what is important. This inspired text, given to us as a gift from God through the Holy Spirit, is possibly the most reliable evidence of His active and dynamic presence in our lives. The techniques in my book, Pattern Analysis Handbook, expose how to hear the Holy Spirit’s voice as our own personal manna.

My hope and prayer is that you will be captivated by this most intricate Bible as we untangle its beauty. It is incredible! Absolutely incredible!

Imagine yourself in the position of our loving God. I know, that is daunting in itself, but please bear with me. You have a story to be told, one that will last forever—one that will motivate people, rebellious at heart, to turn to you. That story must be engaging with strong but subtle motivation. How would you do it?

You turn to the written word but there is an immediate problem: how to add emphasis? There are no italics in Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic, no bolds, no underlining, no exclamation marks, no spaces between words, no paragraphing.

What do you do? Arrange the themes in various patterns of repetition. That’s what you’ll do. Incredible! Absolutely incredible!

As shown on the right, many patterns were used to create these structured themes. You will be introduced to words like frames (Incredible! Absolutely incredible!), concluding summary (Use patterns of structured themes. That’s what you’ll do.), and questions (Have you been hearing the voice of God?). Other terms such as chiasm, parallel symmetry and alternation will also be presented with their various forms.

Noted scholar E. W. Bullinger wrote about the Holy Spirit’s emphatic voice in the Bible between 1898 and 1913. He wrote about structured themes and other figures of speech. Since Bullinger, scholars have continued to study structures but, to the best of my knowledge, without the thought of the Holy Spirit’s emphatic voice.

In this Handbook, I update Bullinger’s approach about emphasis using the findings of those scholars from the last 100 years, and then add other intriguing techniques that have been given to me by the Holy Spirit.

The result is a fresh look at the Bible. I believe it is the footprint (or signature if you wish) of the Holy Spirit in His inspiration of the Bible. This manuscript untangles the patterned structures that you can use to analyze the Bible.

Therefore, Pattern Analysis is an exciting new method to analyze the Bible for the purpose of hearing the emphatic voice of the Holy Spirit. It comprises a toolbox of literary devices, each with its own locations where emphasis may be found. The result is a better understanding of the biblical text that delivers, when appropriate, your personal manna (or rhema if you will).