Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney chronicles an in-depth archaeological investigation in Egypt and Israel as his team attempts to corroborate the biblical text. The film explores one fundamental question: Is there any evidence that the Exodus story actually happened? Twelve years in the making, this provocative documentary reveals new or rarely seen evidence regarding the Israelites’ descent into slavery, their Exodus from Egypt and their ultimate conquest of the Promised Land. The DVD highlights stunning animations and a cast including Narrator Kevin Sorbo (God’s Not Dead, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), interviews with leading archaeologists such Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl, and guest appearances by Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres. Extras feature never-before-seen elements including exclusive interviews, “Behind the Music,” “From Film to Book” and information about additional books and resources.
PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: THE EXODUS (HARDCOVER BOOK) - companion book to the original motion picture is written by Filmmakers Timothy Mahoney and Steven Law. This book includes valuable insights and additional interviews not featured in the film. Filled with beautiful photography of Egypt and Israel, scenes from the biblical re-creations, maps, charts, and diagrams, it gives the reader an up-close and more in-depth look at the scholars and their positions (392 pages). *signed by Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney
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No matter what your religious beliefs, Patterns of Evidence: Exodus gives us an interesting look at biblical history. The documentary takes us through Egypt and Israel, looking for physical evidence of the Exodus. It walks you through the slavery, the escape from Egypt, and follows the possible path the Israelites may have taken. The show is narrated by the amazing Kevin Sorbo and includes stunning reenactments.
The companion book goes into even more detail. While I didn't read the entire book, I did skim through it, and both the photography and the detailed information about Mahoney's search for answers are intriguing and well thought out.
While I wouldn't say that this film and the companion book answer the question of whether the Exodus occurred without any doubt, it does gives us a lot to consider. Even if the story was exaggerated, there seems to be a good chance that at least a portion of the biblical tale of the Exodus was inspired by actual events.