KenGilmore

Patterns of Evidence - The Exodus

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A reference to Patterns of Evidence, a documentary film on the historicity of the Exodus popped up in my Facebook feed today. From its website comes this explanatory blurb:
 

For more than 50 years, the vast majority of the world’s most prominent archaeologists and historians have proclaimed that there is no hard evidence to support the Exodus story found in the Bible. In fact, they say that the archaeological record is completely opposed to the Bible’s account. This view of extreme skepticism has spread from academia to the world. The case against the Exodus appears to be so strong that even some religious leaders are labeling this ancient account as historical fiction.

Despite this, many religious authorities continue to vigorously defend the biblical account and the history of the Jewish people. If this foundational story of the Hebrew Bible is fiction, then two of the world’s great religions: Judaism and Christianity, are clearly founded on a colossal lie. The Koran also describes the Exodus event.

Filmmaker Tim Mahoney begins with the question, “Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archaeologists get it wrong?” He decides to tackle this issue with a deliberate scientific approach. After examining the details in the biblical text, he journeys across the globe to search for patterns of evidence firsthand. The result is the most in-depth archaeological investigation into the Exodus from Egypt ever captured on film.

 

Those involved include:

Charles Aling
Manfred Bietak
John Bimson
Mansour Boraik
Israel Finkelstein
Norma Franklin
Rabbi Manis Friedman
Rabbi David Hartman
James K Hoffmeier
Michael Medved
Benjamin Netanyahu
Shimon Peres
Maarten Raven
David Rohl
Kent Weeks
Rabbi David Wolpe
Bryant Wood

 

Any list that includes Bryant Wood, David Rohl, Israel Finkelstein and James Hoffmeier is covering a reasonable spectrum of ideas. There's also an upcoming book, due to come out later this year. The trailer is below - other clips can be found here.

 

 

Honestly, I don't know what this is going to be like, but at the very least, it should serve to awaken interest in the subject.

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A good spectrum of views; Bimson and Wood (conservative fringe), Rohl (radical fringe), Finkelstein (strong skepticism), Bietak (moderate skepticism), Hoffmeier (strong support). We should plan an edition of D&C to comment on this.

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