While generations of Christians and Jews have believed the Bible’s claim that Moses wrote the Exodus story as an eyewitness account, mainstream scholars have disputed the Bible’s authority.
Some critics insist Moses didn’t even have a writing system, claiming the writing of Exodus came more than 1,000 years after the fact.
Now the issue is fully explored, allowing audiences to come to their own conclusion through a new documentary called “Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy.”
It’s produced by Thinking Man Films and directed by Timothy Mahoney, maker of the highly acclaimed, award-winning documentary “Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus.”
It’s won 13 awards already and is endorsed by Christian leaders such as Anne Graham Lotz, Norman Geisler and Walt Kaiser.
Mahoney invites viewers to join a global trek to find the truth about the Bible. Is it the inspired word of God or “a book of fables and myths”?
Presenting “profound new scientific evidence,” it features interviews with some of the world’s leading experts in Egyptology, ancient Hebrew, religion and archaeology.
“If Moses did not author the Torah, as Scripture says, then some of the Bible is true, and some is not. How can we know what to trust? Is the Bible based on history, or merely folklore?” Mahoney said.
The film explores the newest discoveries of the modern age and discusses a well-organized “pattern” that could answer some questions.
Mahoney said the biggest question is whether Moses actually had the ability to record the events of the Exodus as an eye-witness account, as is referenced in Scripture.
Or did the Exodus of Israel predate alphabetic writing?
Mainstream scholars claim it was impossible for Moses to have written it, because the events took place about 1250 B.C., hundreds of years before the invention of the alphabet in which the Torah is written.
But the film points to hieroglyphics and the recently discovered cave inscriptions in the Sinai region.
“In my own search for the evidence, I had to ask myself if I believe the Bible because it’s true, or because it’s just what I believed because of my upbringing,” Mahoney said. “Since the rest of the Bible is based on the writings of Moses, the credibility of the exodus and the rest of the Bible is directly connected to the question of Moses’ authorship.”
The movie is scheduled to be in theaters March 14, 16 and 19.
Participants in the exploration include Randall Price, co-director of the Qumran Cave Excavation Project and Liberty University professor; archaeologist William Dever; Egyptologist Donald Redford; Vanderbilt Bible professor Douglas Knight; archaeologist Brian Rickett; social critic Os Guinness; and Rabbi Manis Friedman.