I was given the opportunity to watch Patterns of Evidence – Exodus, a documentary by filmmaker Timothy Mahoney. I love documentaries and I’m a Christian, so I was excited to see what the film had to share.
Just released on DVD, this documentary is very well done. I felt Timothy was very humble and honest in seeking the answers. I felt he didn’t go into it with preconceived notions, but with faith and hope of what he may find and open to what could be out there. He didn’t leave out important archaeologists because they didn’t agree with Exodus having happened, he welcomed hearing from many experts. Even though, I’m sure, he was discouraged at different points during this process, he continued his search.
I don’t feel the documentary was created to sway viewers one way or another. Timothy does make it clear he is a Christian, but all the evidence is shared in a way that allows the viewer to come to their own educated conclusion. Religion is one of those subjects we are always told never to speak of, or at least I was, all the time by my mother growing up. I feel even that is contrary to what we are taught as Christians, which is to share our faith. Timothy didn’t come off at all as preachy or pushy. He was determined to seek the truth and I believe he found it. I appreciate his hesitance to be involved in something controversial, but applaud his efforts to uncover the truth of such a big part of our faith history.
I don’t want to give too much away, because I believe this is a documentary that everyone should watch. It is about 2 hours in length, but it didn’t feel that way when watching it, it felt shorter and I can only attribute that to the way it was presented. I really appreciated Timothy’s use of visual aid, when sharing the timeline. It really helped me to understand a complex concept, which is good for those of us that lack the knowledge that archaeologists have.
It is so amazing to me to see what has been uncovered through out history, the amount of knowledge, work, and experience that goes into something like creating a timeline of the world’s history. It was interesting to hear the thoughts of many people, especially a Jew, who doesn’t believe Exodus is true, but in his private life, lives out the Passover, like it really did happen, exactly as the Bible says it does. It showed that, there is probably some part of him, that believes Exodus is true, despite his professional opinion.
I can’t say it enough, it really is a MUST watch. “Knowledge is power” – Francis Bacon. With knowledge we can better communicate our beliefs, our faith, our history. Even if you disagree with every single thing in the documentary, watching it will give you the knowledge to debate it with intelligence of the “other side”.
About Patterns of Evidence Exodus:
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. Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney begins with the questions, “Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archaeologists get it wrong?” He decides to tackle this issue wit 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. This scientific documentary’s goal is to communicate the TRUTH of the Bible and help equip believers with defending their faith and the Bible.
The DVD features stunning animations and a cast including narrator, Kevin Sorbo (God’s Not Dead, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), interviews with leading archaeologists including Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl, and guest appearances by Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.
Releases on DVD August 4, 2015
Run Time: 119 minutes
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