Film review: "The Exodus Decoded"
I truly appreciate The Bible Project videos that make an occasional appearance on the Read Scripture app schedule. But, I’m the type of girl that needs a little more in depth study on the topics that I’m reading. And, today I watched the best documentary I’ve ever seen on the book of Exodus.
Streaming on Amazon Prime, The Exodus Decoded presents archaeological and geological evidence proving that the Biblical Exodus is not just a fairy tale. It really happened.
I get so excited when I see films like this, not because I need scientific proof for the faith that informs my life, but because so many other people do. What’s tragic to me is that, even when there’s evidence in support of the Scriptures, there will be those who continue to turn a blind eye to it.
But, for genuine seekers of the truth, there’s plenty of information out there at our fingertips that will lead us to it. One of those sources of information is The Exodus Decoded, produced by award-winning director of Titanic and Avatar, James Cameron.
The documentary film features the investigative work of Emmy-winning, New York Times best-selling author Simcha Jacobovici, who also serves as its director. Jacobovici puts his investigative journalism skills to work as he consults with scholars and scientists on his quest for the truth about the Israelites and their flight from Egypt around 1500 B.C.
There were so many moments throughout the documentary that made me say, “Aha!” For instance, it was determined that Ramses II was not the Pharaoh in Exodus, as scholars have believed for decades, but Ahmose I of the XVIII Dynasty. This Pharaoh also had a son who died young at the age of 12, more than likely after he succumbed to the 10th plague.
Speaking of plagues, Jacobovici consulted with geological experts who determined that all ten plagues, as well as the parting of the sea, were touched off by one earth-shattering event. A massive earthquake triggered a volcanic explosion which began a domino effect causing everything from blood red waters, to a frog invasion, to lice and flies, to boils, hail, and more.
Jacobovici also discovered that some of the people who followed Moses out of Egypt took a detour, and boarded ships to Greece instead of wandering in the desert with him. He not only found archaeological evidence of these people, but he also found evidence of the actual spot where Moses and the Israelites received the Ten Commandments. This site checks all the boxes for the Biblical Mt. Sinai.
The Exodus Decoded also gives viewers a detailed picture of the specifically designed and engineered Tabernacle, as well as the lavishly golden Ark of the Covenant. The documentary respects the fact that God is the ultimate architect with His perfectly laid out blueprints.
His perfectionism is displayed in the Tabernacle and Ark just as it was in the solar system, plant life, living creatures, and all of Creation. Because of God’s unwavering specificity, we should all know that we have no wiggle room with His instructions to us about the best way for us to live on His planet.
So, I encourage all seekers like myself to supplement their Bible reading with documentaries like The Exodus Decoded. I’ve been watching films like these alongside my personal Bible study for decades, and I don’t know where I’d be without them. Context is everything, and it's helpful to have some background information on the people, places, and cultures written about in the Scriptures.
Which documentaries or films have you seen that help to enrich your Bible study? Feel free to comment below, or by visiting my Facebook page.
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