Patterns Of Evidence, Exodus- Part 2

I recently saw this documentary, and I am reblogging this post because I find it to be a helpful summary of the documentary’s arguments. The only area in which I disagree with the summary is what it says about the Hyksos: I do not think that the documentary was equating the Hebrews with the Hyksos, but rather was suggesting that the Exodus made Egypt incredibly weak, and that was what made Egypt so vulnerable when the Hyksos invaded.

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The movie was shown throughout our nation for only one day- 1/19/15.  A book and DVD will soon be released this year.  The movie commences with the assertion that archaeology promoted a skepticism of the Bible in the 1950’s.  Moses, not Herodotus, was noted as the first historian.  Rabi David Wolpe was skeptical of the reality of the Exodus story from the Bible.  Timothy Mahoney is a filmmaker from Minneapolis, a Christian, who is seeking the truth, and searches for the facts for twelve years in both Egypt and Israel.  Ramses II was thought to be the Pharaoh in Egypt during the Exodus, in the thirteenth century B.C., around 1250 B.C.  Evidence is turning up, however, that the Hebrews settled in Avaris, south of Ramses, and at a later date.  There is evidence in Avaris of people from Canaan.  There is evidence of shepherds, but this was 400 years earlier than the…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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2 Responses to Patterns Of Evidence, Exodus- Part 2

  1. jamesbradfordpate says:

    I should also add that I disagree with the post’s statement that, according to the documentary, the Exodus took place in 1450 B.C.E. That was one view presented in the documentary. The problem is that 1450 B.C.E. was after the time of the Middle Kingdom, which is when the documentary seems to believe it took place, and that is why there is an attempt to align the chronologies.

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  2. Good thiught. I think Pharaoh and the army were killed in thr Red Sea, leaving a little brother as new Pharaoh wihout good counselors (who were nrrvous wrecks,).

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