Patterns of Evidence "The Exodus" DVD Review and Giveaway!

Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus is a thought-provoking and relevant movie! Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney takes on the hot potato of Biblical history the Exodus and matches it up against what archaeologists, historians and naysayers have to say about the Bible s accuracy. Kevin Sorbo narrates this documentary that focuses on digging for the truth (no pun intended). Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, comments that the Bible has held the imaginations of people for thousands of years and that is a remarkable thing. Other political and religious leaders and archaeologists are featured, including Shimon Peres, former president of Israel, who says the Bible is the greatest legislator of our time. Mahoney finds that there is little archaeological evidence of the Exodus during the time of Ramesses, who most historians believe was the Pharaoh who spoke with Moses and initially refused to let God s people go. Yet when Mahoney backtracks to the Middle Kingdom, some 200 years earlier, the evidence is pretty impressive. Do the other scholars have the time frame wrong? 

There is controversy in the documentary for sure. Different leaders disagree with each other. Rabbi David Wolpe frankly states the Exodus didn t happen as the Bible depicts it, and archaeologist Norma Franklin from the University of Haifa doesn t believe it happened at all. Yet there are many who believe it did happen; there are also diggings that some believe prove the walls of Jericho fell, and that Rahab s quarters did not fall. There is evidence Jericho was burned as the Bible says it was. Professor Rosalie David from the University of Manchester speaks of the sudden abandonment of a people that would resemble the Hebrews and their Exodus. In one place a tablet with the name Jabin is found; he was the king that Joshua killed. The documentary features art work, several historians and archaeologists, religious leaders, and scenes featuring views of tablets and various ruins in Egypt. I just wanted to know the truth, says Mahoney, and he went to a lot of trouble trying to find it. This documentary chronicles his travels from the U.S. to Egypt, to Israel and to England. The movie finishes with Mahoney reading a rare book written by Alan Gardiner, who concludes that not enough evidence has been found to pin down certain Biblical events to definite time frames. This could support the possibility that the Middle Kingdom is the age of the Exodus, rather than the later time of Ramesses. At any rate, this film attempts to navigate the sometimes murky waters of history. We are happy to award this documentary, Patterns of Exodus: The Exodus, our Faith-Friendly Seal for all ages, although it is not intended for the very young who would have a hard time understanding it. For everyone else, it will be a fascinating look into a great moment in history and in archeology: the exodus of Moses and the Hebrews from Egyptian bondage.

In reviewing this documentary of Patterns of Exodus, I came across only a few drawbacks from the overall presentation of this movie. The audio is quite erratic from low to high and instrumentals slightly interfering with the voices within the film. This did make it quite annoying while viewing, keeping the volume on our private television on a very high setting. Overall the presentation of the comparison with their models to describe the timeline differences was very beneficial to the viewer, helping narrow down the vast information presented. The documentary it self both my husband and I did find it rather intriguing and presented rather well. In the beginning of the movie you find yourself raising your eyes and pressing yourself to continue due to the negative way the film is first presented. Mahoney taking a non-biblical stand point so it seems at the beginning to gradually with evidence turning the film towards a somewhat biblical prospective. This was my other drawbacks in viewing the film. As a confident Bible believer, I would present this less bias and more confident in the Bible. What do I mean? As a person saved in Christ, I believe all of the Bible, that is in fact the word of God without error and no man can say otherwise. Now back to Mahoney's presentation, with that aside, his findings are not surprising. Not to down play his findings but man has been denying God from the beginning and corrupting God's word to meet their own deceitful lusts. Why would one think that man wouldn't deny evidence of a biblical proportion to it's fullest extent? Any bible believing Christian knows this. Towards the middle to end of the film things are getting pretty good. Not only has the bias stand point of Mahoney seem to dissipate but the interviewees are (whether bible believers or not) cannot deny the evidence found and the ones that do, simply do because it's too late. Too late? The history books are written, the documentation awarded and no one wants to make things right. What we are left with by the end of the documentary is evidence that is undeniable but completely left to not. There is no timeline change to be made, no edit in the history books, just wrong information that is acknowledged as truth. God himself through inspired scripture already told us this was so. What's this? 
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened."[Romans 1:18-21]
When it comes down to the truth, God is true and every man is a liar. God cannot be mocked with mans disbelief, disregard nor blatant substitution of truth. Fools say in their heart, "There is no God". Therefore fools also deny the truth that He has freely provided. In conclusion to my overall review of this movie, audio issues aside, this is a quite detailed account of archaeological evidence proving Exodus (mind you, it does not need validation from man). The film allows both sides of stand point on the truth as clearly stated in the extra details of the summary. I find that in a film titled "Patterns of Evidence The Exodus", you should find a biblical truth point of view rather than bias. The information within the documentary was what made it worth watching. Thumbs down to the audio editor and to leaving it up in the air with a bias point of view.

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