Until the advent of liberal theology in the 19th century, the Bible was taken very much at face value; similarly, there was a time when most archaeologists used the Bible as their yardstick for understanding Ancient History. Not so nowadays! No doubt you have seen TV programmes in which the various “experts” claim that “David never existed”, or “the Exodus never happened,” or
like claims. One main reason for this is that there is a resistance that secular archaeologists have towards any information that might support the Bible’s history. After all if the Bible’s history is true, it might mean God really exists and for many that is not an acceptable consideration.
However, much of the archaeologist’s scepticism often comes as a result of their own mismatch between Biblical dates and their own assumed dates. How can they expect to find the ruins of Jericho in archaeological digs if they are looking at layers from 1260 BC rather than c.1440 BC, which is the correct Biblical chronology? It was to try to bridge this gap that – a decade ago – filmmaker Tim Mahoney began investigating one of the Bible’s most well-known stories – the Exodus from Egypt. Mahoney’s journey led to a personal faith crisis and the award-winning documentary, Patterns of Evidence: the Exodus. Mahoney kept looking for answers.
“What I started to see was there is this idea that Rameses is the pharaoh of the Exodus… and when everyone looks at that particular time they’re actually correct that there is no evidence for
the Exodus.” But other archaeologists and Egyptologists said, ‘Wait a minute, there are evidences that are earlier than Rameses that match this story,’” he continued. The film presents both sides of the archaeological argument as to whether the Exodus actually happened. Although many scholars and archaeologists deny the validity of the Exodus story for lack of proof, “Patterns of
Evidence: Exodus” builds a case that sheds new light on the story.
Source: Creation.com; CBN News; Patternsofevidence.com
BIBLE STUDY: Psalm 119:97-104
PRAISE God that His Word withstands the confusion of unbelievers.
PRAY that more discoveries will show up the folly of unbelief.