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Director posits proof of biblical Exodus
The Globe and Mail ^ | 14 April 2006 | Michael Posner

Posted on 04/14/2006 5:58:16 AM PDT by timsbella

A provocative $4-million documentary by Toronto filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici claims to have found archeological evidence verifying the story of the biblical Exodus from Egypt, 3,500 years ago.

Religious Jews consider the biblical account incontrovertible — the foundation story of the creation of the nation of Israel. Indeed, they celebrated the Exodus Wednesday night and last night with the annual Passover recitation of the Haggadah.

But among scholars, the question of if and when Moses led an estimated two million Israelite slaves out of pharaonic Egypt, miraculously crossed the Red Sea ahead of the pursuing Egyptian army and received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai, has long been a source of contention.

Absent definitive proof, archeologists have argued variously that the biblical account is simply a nice fable or that it may have happened, but not on the scale suggested by the Book of Exodus. Nor is there any consensus about when it might have occurred.

Now, in Exodus Decoded, Mr. Jacobovici says he has found almost a dozen overlooked relics that confirm the biblical story.

(Excerpt) Read more at theglobeandmail.com ...


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I liked his Quest for the Lost Tribes. Timely as the Egyptian antiquities (Hawass) folk are trying to say this never happened.
1 posted on 04/14/2006 5:58:18 AM PDT by timsbella
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To: timsbella

Where's your Moses now see? - Nathan
The only Jew in the movie and he looks miscast.


2 posted on 04/14/2006 6:04:45 AM PDT by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: timsbella

I didn't realize that the number was anywhere near 2,000,000 people.


3 posted on 04/14/2006 6:09:08 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: massgopguy
Really? The Only Jew???

Or was Holly-wierd just as Anti-Semitic back then [maybe not as great a degree as today] ???

4 posted on 04/14/2006 6:10:56 AM PDT by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: timsbella

Only 3500 years ago? I have socks and underwear older.


5 posted on 04/14/2006 6:13:28 AM PDT by Frank_N_Sense (Vincente Fox, Al Sharpton and Jaques Chirac's DNA stains are on Hillary's blue dress.)
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To: timsbella

I saw another documentary recently that said there was some evidence that indicated that the Israelites did in fact cross the Red Sea at a narrow (relatively speaking) point and that underwater cameras revealed formations of rock and coral(?) that could possibly be encrusted chariots. None of it was conclusive evidence but it did seem to make sense. Either way, we shall see which is correct.


6 posted on 04/14/2006 6:16:33 AM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Frank_N_Sense
I have socks and underwear older.

Maybe you should get out more.
After all, YAHWEH created Man to have mastery of the whole earth.

7 posted on 04/14/2006 6:18:21 AM PDT by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past; ohioWfan; Tribune7; Tolkien; GrandEagle; Right in Wisconsin; Dataman; ..

ping for interest


8 posted on 04/14/2006 6:19:51 AM PDT by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com/)
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To: DB
I didn't realize that the number was anywhere near 2,000,000 people.

And it included others who weren't Hebrews who took the opportunity to leave as well.
9 posted on 04/14/2006 6:19:52 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Alouette; Convert from ECUSA

Thought this might be of interest. He's a Toronto local.


10 posted on 04/14/2006 6:22:30 AM PDT by timsbella (Mark Steyn for Prime Minister of Canada!)
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To: timsbella

I've read somewhere that the traditional Mt. Sinai is misidentified and that the real location lies in land controlled by Saudi Arabia. Supposedly the description of the site in the Bible doesn't match the traditional Mt. Sinai but this other location does and has a great deal of archeological evidence but is controlled by Saudi military.


11 posted on 04/14/2006 6:23:21 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: timsbella

A lot of this makes sense, except for one thing. I don't understand how a volcanic eruption could kill the first born of the Egyptians. The Nile turning red - yes, the frogs, locusts etc. - yes, but the first born of the Egyptians dying? And not the Hebrews because of lamb blood on the door lintels? A volcanic explanation for that just doesn't make sense.


12 posted on 04/14/2006 6:25:55 AM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: aruanan

Not sure, but indeed a number of historic religious sites are in the hands of those who would rather keep them hidden, or out and out destroy them. Look at how they keep garbage in the caverns below Temple Mount...everyone loses at the hands of such ignorance.


13 posted on 04/14/2006 6:25:55 AM PDT by timsbella (Mark Steyn for Prime Minister of Canada!)
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To: lonevoice

This will be an interesting film to watch.


14 posted on 04/14/2006 6:27:26 AM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: Tokra

I haven't see this show, so I can't speak to it specifically. I do recall another show, possibly from the Learning Channel or National Geographic, which makes similar arguements. Quite compelling. Not so much the first born as death due to the conditions which occured from the previous nine plagues.


15 posted on 04/14/2006 6:28:46 AM PDT by timsbella (Mark Steyn for Prime Minister of Canada!)
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To: timsbella; blam
Dating the Exodus to roughly 1,500 BC, the two-hour film presented and executive-produced by Hollywood director James Cameron and airing Easter Sunday on Discovery Canada — suggests that the great Santorini volcano caused the Ten Plagues that the Bible says were visited upon the Egyptians and which finally persuaded the pharaoh of the day.

Wasn't the Santorini eruption discussed pretty thoroughly in that book Exodus to Arthur by Mike Baille?
16 posted on 04/14/2006 6:30:17 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: DB
"There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children." Exodus 12:37
18 posted on 04/14/2006 6:34:03 AM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God is, and (2) God is good?)
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To: Reaganesque

I thought that they actually crossed the Sea of Reeds. The Red Sea designation was a bad interpretation that has persisted for centuries.


19 posted on 04/14/2006 6:38:16 AM PDT by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: timsbella
Look at how they keep garbage in the caverns below Temple Mount...everyone loses at the hands of such ignorance.

In the case of Temple Mount, it's just plain witting evil that resulted in the excavation and carting off to landfill of many, many tons of archeologically sensitive material. Of course, it was in the interests of Islam to cover up the fact that the Jews were in that land from (almost) time immemorial rather than the lately arrived so-called Palestinians.
20 posted on 04/14/2006 6:38:33 AM PDT by aruanan
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