About the Author: R. E. Sherman
Researching Buddha and Jesus: Could Solomon Be the Missing Link? involved organizing, scrutinizing and comparing the 423 proverbs of Buddha with the 595 proverbs of Solomon. This required analytical abilities at a level comparable to that of a professional mathematician. It also called for repeated assessments of the strength and credibility of different pieces of evidence to be presented in support of a hypothesis. The author’s experience as an expert witness in over a dozen major lawsuits proved most useful. Each of these lawsuits involved between 500 and 1,500 hours of billable time. Serving as an expert witness who is a mathematician/statistician requires a high level of verbal skills and an ability to explain complex concepts in an understandable way. These are skills that the author had to improve throughout his 38 years of experience as a mathematician and management consultant.
Over the years the author had the good fortune to interrelate extensively with people of different religions in a very constructive way. For the past eleven years he has worked with an Israeli physicist (Nathan Jacobi, Ph.D.) in examining claims that there are extensive codes in the Hebrew Bible. In preparing the proposed book, he worked with a Buddhist lama who critiqued references to Buddhism in the book’s Buddha/Jesus comparative reviews. The author lives in a town of 20,000 which is home to 3,000 Buddhists. Some have become good friends.
This book also grew out of the author’s interest in Biblical studies, which began 38 years ago. For example, eighteen years ago he completed a topical rearrangement of the entire book of Proverbs. This was an invaluable resource in preparing the book.