A filmmaker who spent over 10 years investigating the reliability of the biblical Exodus story has concluded that the Bible’s account is in fact historically accurate and has released an award-winning documentary that sheds light on his new archaeological findings.
Is the Exodus story in the Bible accurate? Many skeptics today dismiss the account as a fanciful myth, but the recently-released documentary “Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus” challenges that verdict with historical evidence uncovered during a lengthy investigation.
“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,” the documentary’s website explains. “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 Tim Mahoney has himself doubted the credibility of the Bible’s accounts. However, instead of accepting others’ opinions on the historicity of the Exodus, he set out to conclusively answer the question: “Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archaeologists get it wrong?”
To answer that question, Mahoney went to Egypt in 2002 to begin an in-depth historical and archaeological investigation of the Exodus account. After 10 years of research, Mahoney has released the “Pattern of Evidence: Exodus” documentary, which recounts his travels and detective work.
“The majority of the scholars today don’t see evidence for the story of the Exodus in Egypt, nor do they see it in the story of Jericho, which is the conquest,” Mahoney told reporters. “And that was a shock to me, and so this film is my 12-year journey, actually starting from scratch [as I thought], ‘Well, what would you look for if you were to look for the story of Exodus in the Bible?”
Mahoney did not just look for evidence for the Israelites’ exodus out of Egypt. He also investigated historical footprints that shed light on other related events, such as Joseph’s rule in Egypt and the Israelites’ conquest of Canaan.
What did Mahoney discover? After considering the evidence, he concluded that the Bible’s accounts are actually accurate. The reason many archaeologists say there is no evidence for the Exodus is because they examine the wrong time periods, Mahoney believes.
“Most of the people who say there’s no evidence [for the Exodus] are looking at a particular timeframe,” he told reporters. “When they look at that time frame they don’t see any evidence of the Exodus and so the case is closed. … This is a situation where people haven’t asked the right questions.”
“There’s a bit of a bias against the Bible currently,” he added. “And they don’t want to treat it as a historical document.”
However, “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus” challenges the skeptics by showing evidence that appears to support the Bible’s historical accounts. Mahoney concludes that archeology validates—not disproves—the Scriptures.
“I think it’s very likely that these events happened,” he stated.
Now that the documentary has been released, the filmmaker says he has been encouraged by the support it has received.
“Our dedicated team, who has worked tirelessly on ‘Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus,’ could not be more thrilled with the overwhelming support our film has received across the country,” he said in a press release. “What started out as a crisis of my own faith led to an incredible journey of discovery.”