Its last four hundred years of history can be squeezed into eight bullet points (My opinion (which you can take or leave) is that if we put more palaeographic effort into reading the VMs’ marginalia, we would very probably improve on this unsatisfactory situation.For example, I believe that the top line of f116v says “por le bon simon s(int)…“, and that this was possibly even written by the original author.The LDS church teaches that the flood of Noah was a literal global and worldwide event, and that the flood was the Earth's baptism.Some believing, educated saints realize that the global flood story of Noah isn't likely literally true.) contains about 240 pages of curious drawings, incomprehensible diagrams and undecipherable handwriting from five centuries ago.Whether a work of cipher genius or loopy madness, it is hard to deny it is one of those rare cases where the truth is many times stranger than fiction.Some say that God gives to His children as needed, and that it is not important that He gives all of the answers to man because they must work out their own understanding by study and by faith.
Of course, there are still many people that believe in the literal interpretation of these events.Any proposed explanation should therefore not only bridge the century-long historical gap, but also demonstrate why the VMs appears both ‘language-y’ and ‘cipher-y’ at the same time. From a code-breaker’s point of view, this basically rules out Renaissance polyalphabetic ciphers, because they use multiple alphabets (or offsets into alphabets) to destroy the outward signs of internal structure – and what we see here has even more signs of internal structure than normal languages.To illustrate this, here are some practical examples of the way Voynichese letters ‘dance’ to a tricky set of structural rules. Yet just to be confusing, some of the letter-shapes resemble shorthand both in their shape and their apparent positioning within words. is ‘Voynichese’ a language, a shorthand, a cipher, or perhaps some carefully-orchestrated jumble of all three?They rely upon geological considerations and theories that postulate it would be impossible for a flood to cover earth's highest mountains, that the geologic evidence (primarily in the fields of stratigraphy and sedimentation) does not indicate a worldwide flood occurred any time during the earth's existence.There is a third group of people—those who accept the literal message of the Bible regarding Noah, the ark, and the Deluge. In spite of the world's arguments against the historicity of the Flood, and despite the supposed lack of geologic evidence, we Latter-day Saints believe that Noah was an actual man, a prophet of God, who preached repentance and raised a voice of warning, built an ark, gathered his family and a host of animals onto the ark, and floated safely away as waters covered the entire earth.