It’s been an absolutely crazy past couple of weeks for me and I’m overdue in getting this blog post published on a video titled “Patterns of Evidence – Exodus”.
The video is the exploration of a filmmaker, Timothy Mahoney, as he experienced a personal crisis of faith as more and more scholars and even some religious figures make public statements of the biblical story of Exodus not being a factual account, but more of a moral fairytale. His own challenge was that if the account was not factual, doesn’t that cast doubt upon the validity of the rest of the Bible in its entirety?
I was excited to watch this film due to my previous experience working with another filmmaker in a similar project title, “Roadmap Genesis“. My experience working with Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz on his film journey interviewing a variety of Jewish and Biblical scholars as well as celebrities and other specialists in his goal of establishing that the key to our ongoing and healthy civilization as a people can be found in the guide left to us in the Biblical book of Genesis.
In Mahoney’s research of the film he imagines the historical history of events aligned like a giant wall. The foundation of which is set on specific dates in time, upon that a layer of what we believe to be known historical events of the Egyptian people, on top of that the events we read depicted in the Bible and finally other events in history. I believe this is a great way to review the events he’s trying to determine the interconnections of each perspective.
Three major religious texts agree that the events of Exodus occurred: the Jewish Torah, the Christian Bible and the Muslim Koran, yet many archaeologists and scholars believe there is no physical, historical evidence to confirm those events. Could they just be looking in the right spot, at the wrong time of history?
There are five key periods of the Exodus story that Mahoney explores and researches and works to find the alignment within the historical perspective of what we believe is known.
- Arrival is Israelites into the Egyptian territory
- Multiplication and prosperity of their community
- Slavery and impoverishment by the Egyptians
- Judgement of God on their captors
- Conquest of Canaan, the Promised Land
The film is right at 2 hours of engaging commentary, historical video and images and interesting interviews with a variety of specialists and scholars on the subject matter.
If you’re interested in exploring more of your faith and the historical context of the Biblical stories you’ve grown up hearing, I strongly encourage you to pick up this film documentary and watch it with your family and share it with your friends. It’s amazing to me how the evidence that is discovered and shown, still is refused to be believed as being factually accurate in the Bible. Seems an obvious case of denial for me, but I’ll let you decide after watching the video yourself.
About the Film
- Won 13 awards on the film festival circuit in 2014, including a Gold Remi Award winner for Best Director at the Worldfest Houston Intl. Film Festival, the Gold Crown Award for Best Picture and Best Documentary at ICVM 2014, and Official Selection at the Soho International Film Festival in New York.
- Supplemental resources associated with the film include a nearly 400-page hardcover book, small group Bible study, Movie Event kit, youth version (called Young Explorers), homeschool curriculum and others.
- It includes powerful interviews with some of the top experts in the fields of archaeology and Egyptology as well as people of influence in the Middle East.
- The film has an objective, fair-minded and balanced approach. It allows viewpoints from all sides to be heard in a respectful way while asking honest questions of the Bible and scholars’ views. It does not preach and lets the evidence speak for itself. This allows the film to be very shareable with those of different viewpoints.
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