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The Exodus Decoded (History Channel)

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At the very heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam lies the story of the Exodus, an epic tale of plagues, miracles and revelations. But the truth behind these events has been obscured by faith and time--until now. After six years of unprecedented research, host Simcha Jacobovici and a team of renowned archeologists, Egyptologists, geologists, and theologians shed revelatory new light on the Exodus and the era's ruling Egyptian Dynasty. Their new theory pushes events hundreds of years earlier than previously thought, allowing age-old stories to sparkle with new perspectives and startling historical import. Using elaborate, state-of-the-art CGI, THE EXODUS DECODED offers a stunning virtual account of stories like the birth of Moses, the ten plagues, and the parting of the Red Sea, revealing once and for all the difference between acts of Nature and the hand of God. Also included is a bonus disc that examines two pivotal figures of the Exodus--Moses and Ramses the Great--as well as the Ark of the Covenant. DVD Features: History in the Making Featurette; 3 Bonus Programs; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

Complex yet utterly compelling, The Exodus Decoded is presented by movie director James Cameron (Titanic) but is the passion of Jewish-Canadian filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici. Jacobovici has extensively researched evidence that the Biblical account of the Exodus was real, and concludes that it actually took place in 1500 BCE (during the reign of pharaoh Ahmos I), historically known as the Hyksos Expulsion. The Hyksos people were a Semitic race about whom little is known. But their departure from Egypt, following a long enslavement, along with early writings and other physical evidence, make a strong case that they are the Hebrews of lore. Jacobovici suggests the Exodus is also connected to the catastrophic eruption of the Santorini volcano, which ended the Minoan civilization and triggered a limnic eruption (a surge of carbon dioxide) in the Nile river delta. The latter would have killed the river's fish but likely chased out all the frogs, a phenomenon that could have been considered one of the famous plagues in the Exodus story. (Jacobovici makes a case for the other so-called plagues also being a consequence of the eruption.) Whatever one's opinion of The Exodus Decoded as a historical documentary, it is engrossing viewing, shot in some truly exotic locations, often under the highly suspicious eye of Egyptian authorities. Several moments--such as the revelation of a Hyksos slave's rock carving, pleading with God to be rescued--are astonishing. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • "History in the Making" featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Uzi Avner, Manfred Bietak, John Bimson, James Cameron, Philip Davies
  • Directors: Simcha Jacobovici
  • Writers: Simcha Jacobovici
  • Producers: James Cameron, Simcha Jacobovici, Felix Golubev, Susan Werbe
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HOJR8A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,627 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Exodus Decoded (History Channel)" on IMDb

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112 of 134 people found the following review helpful By mariakam on July 14, 2009
Format: DVD
I just saw The Exodus Decoded on History Channel.

At the beginning I found it very interesting and perhaps even convincing.

As the argument progressed, I became frustrated and exasperated!!! The extent of manipulation of Greek archaeology was amazing... As an experienced Greek archaeologist, who specializes in Greek prehistory for over 20 years, I was appalled by the interpretation of a number of the Mycenae grave stelai, and further more of the golden ornament with the doves.

It is very easy to interpret an artifact in such a way to fit one's story. The grave stelai are decorated with motifs that have been portrayed in Greek art since the 3rd millennium BC, and the golden ornament portrays a Minoan tripartite shrine (a motif very well documented in Minoan Art/Crete). Furthermore, the implications that the people who were buried in Mycenae/Greece were Hebrew, are beyond comment... Only someone who has no knowledge of Greek history and archaeology, would ever imply this.

The interpretation of the Thera fresco has also been manipulated to fit the Exodus story, too.

It is a great pity that a widely viewed channel, such as History Channel is, instead of stimulating people's minds, creates misconceptions of world history by offering dangerously misleading arguments, falling pray to the propaganda of certain producers and directors.

Mrs Maria Kamoulakou
Former archaeologist of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture
35th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities
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71 of 87 people found the following review helpful By L. Reynolds on September 5, 2006
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From minute one the host of this fantastic program engages your mind. The views are cold and hard edged in that they did not bother to remain politically correct. Instead they give an awaking view of the events of the Exodus historically, biblically, scientifically and archeologically. Anyone, Christian or not, could appreciate the lengths to which these brave individuals go by traveling to hostile territory to put to film evidence of this highly debated event of the Exodus.

Tensions build as the Egyptian government's armed presence on site tries to deter the explorers from filming archeological evidence that could very well prove the stories true. After all if a mighty empire such as the one of the Egyptians was placed in such peril by a group of slaves, it is no wonder they try to keep the truth permanently buried in the sands of the desert.

A must see. Intriguing!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Science-minded on July 23, 2007
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I think that this documentary is correct in that the Ipuwer papyrus and inscription of El Arish are related to events in the Book of Exodus. However, the documentary should have given credit to Immanuel Velikovsky (1895-1979) who was the first to propose that these Egyptian texts contain historical memories of events in the Book of Exodus. Velikovsky discussed these texts in his 1950 'Worlds in Collision' and in his 1952 'Ages in Chaos'. Also, although the Ipuwer-Exodus parallels are indeed striking, the papyrus does not mention a hail of mingled fire and ice as claimed in the documentary.

The documentary's idea that the Israelites were Hyksos is not realistic. The Hebrews would not have made up the idea that they were slaves, especially if they had been Hyksos rulers of Egypt who were expelled during a civil war. However, Velikovsky's main ideas on the Exodus and on the identity of the Hyksos in 'Ages in Chaos' really make sense.

The claim in the documentary that Ahmose was the pharaoh of the Exodus is probably wrong, for Ahmose probably lived centuries after the Exodus. Based on books by Velikovsky it appears that some pharaohs, including Ahmose, have been dated centuries too early in the conventional chronology of ancient Egypt. If their dates are moved forward to correct this, Egyptian history fits more convincingly with the histories of neighboring countries. The respective histories then shed light on each other. Unfortunately, many archaeologists today probably know little or nothing of the real content of Velikovsky's works because Velikovsky has been widely misrepresented for decades.

The documentary does well in showing how earthquakes and volcanism might explain extraordinary events in the Book of Exodus. Interested readers would also enjoy books by Velikovsky or 'Unwrapping the Pharaohs' by John Ashton and David Down.
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45 of 59 people found the following review helpful By C. Hopkins on October 15, 2006
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You can listen, watch and process the information presented. While the controversy surrounding the Exodus has existed for thousands of years, there are indeed facts associated with it.

The Producer, James Cameron, and the host, Simcha Jacobovici, an Emmy Award winning filmmaker, pull together and weave a compelling narrative that is historically, scientifically and Biblically engaging. The science is solid and accurate. The comparisons between the Bible's account and the review of facts that are pulled together, provide a fresh perspective that is well thought out and appears to be a valid rewrite of the "scientific" and "historical" record.

This film does NOT attempt to remove God from the story, only that God could have utilized the Earth and its natural forces to affect the outcome of a people and this time in history.

Highly recommended if you are open to a means of defining a Biblical account using science to show what could have really happened, via God's hand (or not).
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