Title: Patterns of Evidence: Exodus (2015; unrated)
Director: Timothy P. Mahoney
Major Themes: Archaeology, History
Synopsis: Is there evidence for the Biblical Exodus? If there is, where is it? Mahoney was determined to find out—and what he discovered was astounding.
What a fascinating film! Patterns of Evidence: Exodus was recommended to us by a close friend, so several Sunday afternoons recently we spent time watching it. It was well worth our time! Mom and I have been doing an ancient history study together lately, and we’re currently going through Unwrapping the Pharaohs. We watched this video not long before starting our book club, so comparing the evidence contained in each has been very informative and intriguing.
Filmmaker Timothy P. Mahoney wants to know the truth—did the Exodus, as detailed in the Bible, actually happen—or is it the figment of someone’s imagination? He embarks on a twelve-year journey of exploration, talking to top historians and archaeologists from around the world, as he tries to uncover the truth. He travels to Egypt, to Israel and the historic sites there that are mentioned in the Bible, and to England as he tries to track down the truth. Many people tell him there’s no evidence whatsoever for the Exodus in the traditional timeline. But there are a few that have a different opinion, some that even claim the traditional dating is off by several hundred years! Who is right? If there is evidence, is it dated to the wrong era?
Patterns of Evidence: Exodus is a journey of discovery, presented in a fascinating way. There are quite a few interviews, but the way it is laid out runs smoothly and you don’t lose interest very fast. Even some children will find it interesting. This definitely makes a case for why the Bible is true, but laid out in such a way that you feel like you’re making the discoveries yourself. In all, this is a remarkable film about a little-known facet of Ancient Egyptian and Ancient Israelite history, one that I highly recommend if you’re interested in this time period. Probably best understood by those 12 and over.
WARNING: Throughout the film, there are a few several-second scenes inserted from “Exodus” movies. There is a little footage of slaves being worked in Egypt, a little of the different plagues (slightly dramatic), and an animation of the destruction of Jericho’s walls (very dramatic). Some parents may wish to preview this movie for those things, although I don’t consider them too bad. Most children should be fine with it.
Ages 12 – 15, 15 and Above, Adults, Family Friendly