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Documentary Sets New Date For Exodus
Jerusalem Post ^ | 7-3-2006 | Etgar Lefkovits

Posted on 07/03/2006 2:26:25 PM PDT by blam

Jul. 3, 2006 0:15 | Updated Jul. 3, 2006 4:57

Documentary sets new date for Exodus

By ETGAR LEFKOVITS

A new documentary by a Canadian Jewish filmmaker argues that the Exodus did happen, but that it took place a couple of hundred years before the commonly-accepted time frame.

The Exodus Decoded, a two-hour documentary by award-winning Israeli-born filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici, suggests that the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt as recounted in the Bible occurred around 1500 BCE, about 230 years before the date most commonly accepted by contemporary historians.

The 10 plagues that smote the Egyptians, according to the Bible, are explained in the documentary to be the result of a volcanic eruption on a Greek island that occurred 3,500 years ago.

The documentary, which is narrated by the director James Cameron (Titanic), identifies a 3,500-year-old gold image - found in a museum in Athens - as that of the lost Ark of the Covenant. It also cites a hieroglyphic inscription discovered in an Egyptian museum that attests to the Exodus.

The film also claims to reveal the "true location" of Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments according to the Bible.

None of the relics - or arguments - cited in the made-for-TV, state-of-the-art film, which is the result of six years of research, has been accepted by archeologists or any prominent archeological institution as proof for Jacobovici's theory.

And Jacobovici, who has produced an array of documentaries over the last two decades on subjects ranging from suicide bombing in Israel to the ebola virus to the global sex trade, readily agrees that he is no archeologist. But he asserts that this makes him no less qualified to investigate historical facts.

"I bring with me the same skills you bring to any investigation, whether it is sex trafficking, politics, terror or the Biblical archeological story," said the two-time Emmy award-winner, denouncing "minimalists" who say that the Exodus - and the Bible - is a fantastic fairy tale.

"I think it is a mistake when you have a situation in archeology where some academics have set themselves up as some sort of priesthood between us and the Bible," he added.

Jacobovici set out on his Exodus quest after doing a documentary in the 1990s on a group of people on the Indian-Burma border who claim to be the lost Israelite tribe of Menashe. That film was met with widespread criticism by people Jacobovici branded as "so-called experts." Jacobovici said he himself was skeptical of the tribe's Israelite claims until he researched the subject.

Similarly with the new Exodus documentary, he asserted that with his hefty $3.5 million budget, a lack of preconceptions, and none of the restrictions of conventional archeological wisdom, he was free to reach what he insists are credible conclusions about the Exodus.

The 55-year-old director, whose original claim to fame was his first-ever documentary Falasha: Exile of the Black Jews, made two and half decades ago and which focused on Ethiopian Jewry, said his research for the lost tribes film spurred him to question the widely accepted assumptions about what he called "the founding story of Western civilization" - the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt.

Six years later, mixing science, religion and a variety of archeological findings, Jacobovici is convinced that he has seen the light. Most of the archeological findings cited come from Egypt, with others from Greece. He said he researched in six countries, including Israel and the UK.

The film, which was first broadcast in Canada in April, premieres Friday at the Jerusalem Film Festival. It will be shown in the US on August 20 on the History Channel.


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To: TheGeezer

That has been my understanding.


21 posted on 07/07/2006 4:48:57 AM PDT by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: blam
"I think it is a mistake when you have a situation in archeology where some academics have set themselves up as some sort of priesthood between us and the Bible," he added.

This line is the most ironic I've read in a while. Whatever you do, don't let academics get between a would-be priest preaching his version of events, his own priests and their doctrine and the Bible itself.
22 posted on 07/07/2006 6:12:01 AM PDT by contemplator (Capitalism gets no Rock Concerts)
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To: TheGeezer
Isn't one of the problems regarding the Exodus date a political one, with biblical minimalists trying to dismiss the existence of Hebrews in Egypt altogether?

Pretty much true. I believer that there are several different timelines of Egyptian history amongst archaelogists out there. The most commonly accepted one denies that Israel could ever have been in Egypt. Of course, this time line doesn't explain why a small, disorganized and weak nation (the Hittites) suddenly conquered the superpower of the day (Egypt) with extreme ease. Nor does it explain why the Hittites expected their war to be a piece of cake.

Of course, all this could be coincidence, but it is also quite coincidental, that if the exodus is dated from this time, Israeli dates are pretty much right on.
23 posted on 07/07/2006 6:32:03 AM PDT by Frumious Bandersnatch
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To: blam; All

As some of you already know, this topic has fascinated me for some time. I have approached it because of my interest in volcanic impact on human history. About 4 years ago I concluded that the correct date was in the early half of the 1400's BC, and related to the 18th dynasty. Thera is too early, but there was a major eruption of Mt. Etna, listed as 1500, + or - 50 years. I have tried to find out more about this eruption, but only know that it left a huge bowl in the side of the mountain a la Mt. St. Helens. It is called the Valle de Boveda(sp?) and I sure wish someone had more precise information on the eruption date.

It is 2 pm, and I haven't had breakfast yet. I'll be back late tonight or tomorrow with more to say on this fascinating subject. Does anyone have a contact address on Jacobovici?


24 posted on 07/07/2006 11:10:43 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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"Does anyone have a contact address on Jacobovici?"

Sorry, no. Good luck.

25 posted on 07/07/2006 1:38:30 PM PDT by blam
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Thanks for thinking about my question. This thread seems to have died, so I guess I won't elaborate. I'll wait for another one.


26 posted on 07/07/2006 9:58:42 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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See my review, headed "Reporter from the Apocalypse?" Thanks to CD universe for the cover art.
Quest For The Lost Tribes Quest For The Lost Tribes
Simcha Jacobovici, director

27 posted on 08/27/2006 9:07:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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History Channel: Exodus Decoded History Channel:
Exodus Decoded

host Simcha Jacobovici,
narrator James Cameron


28 posted on 08/31/2006 11:21:30 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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