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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!
That said, I enjoyed the presentation and the hypothesis behind it. In the end, most of this stuff will inevitably lead us right back where we started: to a simple matter of faith that is no more or less true for its potential as fiction however unlikely some consider it as history.
If nothing else, Simcha Jacobovici reminds us that we don't know everything--nor even very much.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Informative and entertaining, leaving you asking yourself which senerio is true. Science is God or science exist because of God?Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love watching this documentary. The graphics are interesting. I would like to see what other archeologists think about his findings and analysis.Published 29 days ago by Constance Raaz
Bad bad bad. These people didn't even read the Bible thoroughly and perhaps whoever sees this and has't read the Biblical account can believe it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The conclusions does not make sense along with a number of other views presented and when stacked up against archaeology and Biblical scholars are weak at best. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ramshead
Ditto to C. Hopkins' review. No one producer will ever have the story 100%, but these come the closest to what we know as fact and add together what can be hypothesised. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephen W.
A bit confusing. Far too much CGI which detracts from the speakers and the dialog.Published 1 month ago by JR-Texas