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One Night Movie Event Coming: Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

PatternsEvidence-ExodusA big event is soon to arrive for Christians and for those simply interested in archaeological examinations and historical events of the past. A one night screening of Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus, a documentary, is being shown nationwide in select theaters Monday, January 19. It will be screened at Celebration Cinema North and River Town Crossings in Grand Rapids at 7 pm. And it will screen as well in Benton Harbor at the Celebration Cinema. It is directed by Timothy P. Mahoney.

“Did the Exodus really happen?” asks Mahoney in a short video on the website, FathomEvents.com. “That’s a question that led me on an incredible 12-year investigation.” We are not certain of Mahoney’s conclusions, but we do know that he wanted to examine the “physical evidence from a scientific perspective.” Referring to the audience of this film, he said, “We let them make up their own mind.” The documentary features a panel of experts sharing their point of view.

Mahoney added that “new evidence” will be scrutinized, including evidence involving Joseph, the Israelites, the 10 plagues and the Exodus from Egypt. He stated too that certain practices that were not Egyptian were found in their archaeological digs, practices that were Hebrew in nature and in history. One scholar in a trailer about the movie states that when the Biblical account and the archaeological findings are lined up side by side, the two “match up very well.”

From the website, patternsofevidence.com this description of the film is given:

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.

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Filmmaker Tim Mahoney begins with the question, “Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archaeologists get it wrong?” He decides to tackle this issue with 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.


A few of the expert panelists include Charles Aling, Egypologist, University of Northwestern, St. Paul, Minnesota, Manfred Bietak, Egyptologist, University of Vienna, John Bimson, Tutor in Old Testament, Trinity College, Bristol, and Israel Finkelstein, Archaeologist, Tel Aviv University.

The film will be preceded by a pre-show starting at 6:30 pm and will be followed by a half hour panel discussion dealing with the important issues brought up in the film. The running time of the film is 115 minutes.

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Edwin L. Carpenter
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Edwin L. Carpenter is an editor at The Dove Foundation in Grand Rapids, Mich. He received a diploma in ministerial studies in 1988 from Berean College in Springfield, Mo. He also has a bachelors degree in English from Cornerstone College in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was raised in Brighton, Mich., by Christian grandparents and has a twin brother, Edward, who is an ordained minister. He and his wife Jackie have one child, 14-year-old Daniel, who likes baseball and drawing.

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