The Exodus Decoded (History Channel)
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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
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!
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.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't agree with everything Simcha says, but it's a very informative video.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Nice integration of biblical, geological and archeological information.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
EXCELLENT FILM. SOME 'LEAPS' OF LOGIC ARE REQUIRED BUT THE FILM IS THOUGHT PROVOKING.Published 19 days ago by JZC
I enjoyed this documentary. What this documentary fails to mention is that the book of Exodus (and many Biblical texts) is a compilation of scriptures from different authors and... Read morePublished 29 days ago by M Gray
I can't say for sure that he's correct about what happened durning exodes... but i can tell you this is by far the best explination for the series of events i have ever seen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alex Tissot
Please watch Patterns of Evidence: Exodus instead. I found myself enjoying the scientific explanations of the plagues, however this documentary is off the mark. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Mcpherson