I have always been a more logical and skeptical person than I probably should be. When I’m trying to find out about a topic, there is no avenue to far to travel down to find an answer if it’s one that will make logical and factual sense. So, I could completely relate to the premise behind Timothy Mahoney’s new documentary, Patterns of Evidence Exodus. Mahoney faced a crisis of faith because most archaeologists have concluded that there’s no evidence that the Exodus ever happened. So, he embarks on a 12-year journey to find out the answer to the question, “Is this foundational event of the Bible really just a myth?”
He combines scientific investigation, interviews with leading archaeologists and historians, interviews with rabbis, beautiful animations and even interviews with Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres to create a stunning, in-depth investigation of the exodus from the Bible and Egyptian history.
I have to tell you guys that this is something that I’ve been waiting on the answer to with baited breath. When I was a younger person, struggling to determine whether or not the faith that I had grown up in was the truth or a lie, one of my biggest stumbling blocks in belief was my realization that archeologists do not believe that there is evidence for the slavery of the Israelites and the exodus from Egypt.
So, it was with great pleasure that I began listening to the documentary, hearing the interviews with archaeologists, hearing them say time and time again that whatever piece of evidence Mahoney wanted to discuss with them could not be evidence of the Exodus because it didn’t fit the accepted timeline of the events of the Exodus. After two hours, I could see that there were far too many coincidences in the timing that Mahoney was proposing for the Exodus (and the resulting revision in accepted Egyptian history) for it to be anything but the hand of God. These men were looking at the truth and not even able to tell it or to accept it because their biases got in the way.
I also really enjoyed seeing Mahoney take the dating and the evidence from Egypt and continue on into the conquest of the promised land. I walked away encouraged and sure that the Biblical account was correct. I still want to see some of the special features I haven’t watched yet, and read the book, but this is a great apologetic work for Christians who are asked about the Exodus and how to they defend their belief in the Exodus. I’ll be recommending it to all my friends, sharing it with others who are interested in Egyptian history and the Exodus and keeping it to use as a history resource in our homeschool.
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Blog featuring interviews with director Tim Mahoney and an article by Anne Graham Lotz: http://patternsofevidence.tumblr.com
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