Hello Connect family!
Last night I watched a very interesting film called Patterns of Evidence: Exodus. In it, a filmmaker seeks to uncover archaeological evidence for the Exodus as described in the Old Testament. Leading off, he confronts the prevailing opinion that the exodus is generally accepted to have occurred during the reign of the Pharaoh Ramesses II. However, every archaeological find dated to that period of time has been unable to validate any claim made in the Bible. This includes things such as records of a historical Egyptian governor known as Joseph, evidence of a settlement of Semantic peoples in the vicinity of Egypt, or most importantly records of any kind of calamities or disasters that would fit the narrative of Moses’ plagues.
However, the film later goes on to explore the theory that this is all because historians and scholars simply got the dates wrong. The filmmaker interviews several scholars who hold to the belief that everything we read about in the Bible actually took place several hundreds of years PRIOR to the time-frame that we have traditionally placed them within. This period of time is known as the times of the Middle Kingdom of Egypt, and the evidence shown for supporting this claim includes finds such as an excavated city showing strong signs of Semantic occupation and customs, an Egyptian papyrus composed of the names of slaves almost all of which are Hebrew-derived, and most compelling of all a lavish government tomb with the remains of a monument that depicts an obvious “Un-Egyptian” man with light skin and red hair.
Does anyone have any experience studying this? And if so, what are your thoughts?