August 2, 2015

Where Will a Crisis of Faith Lead You? Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus DVD Review and Giveaway

My family and I are big documentary enthusiasts. I especially enjoy films that delve into religious studies and historical exploration of the Bible. That's why I was thrilled to have the opportunity to grab a sneak peek of Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus before it's official DVD release date.

For those who may not be familiar with the Book of Exodus in the Bible. It tells the story of God's mission for Moses to lead his people, the Israelites, out of slavery and ultimately to freedom. Throughout history, there have been controversial debates on whether or not the story of Exodus really happened. Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus dives deeper into those controversies and tries to unlock the mystery and truth behind one of the Bible's most influential stories. 

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."

It's no secret that scholars and historians have been debating the truth in Biblical stories for some time now. The Book of Exodus is no exception to this. Winning several awards, including Best Feature Documentary 2014 at the Big Bear International Film Festival and the Best Documentary at the Pan Pacific Film Festival, this documentary really examines and discusses historical findings to help find proof that the Exodus from Egypt actually did occur. Discussions include the Walls of Jericho, possible tombs of Joseph and his siblings, as well as the Ipuwer Papyrus, which holds an uncanny similarity to the accounts told in the Book of Exodus.

One of the main factors discussed in the documentary is the historical timeline of when the Exodus from Egypt actually happened. Some Archeologists and Egyptologists argue that Exodus didn't really occur, due to the discrepancies of evidence found during that time period. However, the real question to ponder is if Exodus actually took place during the time of Ramesses' rule, or much earlier than we originally thought. Due to misinterpretation of what is already written, could new evidence provide a breakthrough in the truth? The film really investigates this timeline based on the information put forth by professionals and what's already been discovered.

Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus had it's official theatrical debut back in January 2015. The film, narrated by Kevin Sorbo, includes rare interviews with leading archaeologists including Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl, as well as guest appearances by Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.

For those who enjoy extras, the DVD also includes several special features:
  • Cast Profiles with Seventeen Extra Interviews
  • Behind the Music
  • From Film to Book
  • Additional Books and Resources
  • Host a Patterns of Evidence Movie Event
  • Trailers

Although, I personally believe that the Exodus did happen, I really appreciate the film's use of non-bias opinions by a slew of professionals in the field. I enjoyed hearing the many different perspectives, and towards the end everything really fit into place. The film also offers outstanding visual effects throughout, while discussing the authenticity of the Exodus of Israelite slaves from Egypt to their homeland.

Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus is a truly informative documentary. The fact that Timothy Mahoney dedicated twelve years to search for the answers is incredible. I really walked away from this film with way more information than I could ever hoped for, and look forward to the possibility of seeing future Patterns of Evidence documentaries for other stories in the Bible. If you enjoy studying or learning about Biblical history, then this film is something you'll definitely want to experience for yourself.


The Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus DVD officially releases and will be available for purchase on August 4, 2015. 

One Our Everyday Harvest reader will also have the opportunity to win a copy of this award winning DVD!

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satrntgr said...

I was a part of this campaign, too (so I can't win) and loved the info. It's always great to get other's ideas on things and see God's Word in other ways. Too many times, people only listen to 1 person, and if they're wrong, it's not a good thing. This was a great movie for my family!

Kelly Ann said...

Hello Jamie! Thank you so much for stopping by. It really was a great film, wasn't it? I found it to be so informing! I agree with you about the varying opinions. I hope the director decides to make more "Patterns of Evidence" documentaries for other books in the Bible. I will be first in line to see them. :-)

Ani Wilson said...

I love the story of Ruth.

lana simanovicki said...

I have been wanting to see this

Kelly Ann said...

So do I! Thank you for entering. Congrats, again! :-)

Kelly Ann said...

It's a great documentary! I definitely recommend watching it.