Thursday, August 31, 2017

Patterns of Evidence- Exodus DVD Review

As you probably know, I am usually very hesitant to review DVDs. Everyone has different tastes and I have been burned before. But when I saw the opportunity to review Patterns of Evidence- The Exodus, my curiosity got the best of me. I love Biblical documentaries and the Exodus itself boggles my mind, so I had to see what this one was about.

P    Patterns of Evidence- The Exodus is about just that- The Exodus. Specifically, it is an investigation done by filmmaker Timothy Mahoney to see if he can prove whether or not the Exodus, as documented in the Bible, really happened. This 119 minute DVD, which took 12 years to produce, is full of historical facts and live interviews with theologians, archeologists, and even the Israeli president and prime minister. Released in 2015 and narrated by God's Not Dead's Kevin Sobo, it is a mesmerizing journey that takes the investigation around the globe.  It won 13 awards in 2014 on the film festival circuit,   including a Gold Remi Award for Best Director at the Worldfest Houston Intl. Film Festival, the Gold Crown Award for Best Picture and Best Documentary at ICVM 2014, and Official Selection at the Soho International Film Festival in New York.

For all you visual learners, this one is for you!  Not only are the images and on-site footage breathtaking at times, Mahoney uses a time line on a "wall" that adjusts accordingly each time he discovers new facts.  By comparing the Biblical timeline, other historical documents, and the opinion of renowned scholars, the timeline moves back and forth during the film.  While he leaves the evidence up to the viewer to process and decide in the end, his 12 year personal search for concrete evidence is pretty compelling in that the Exodus did occur as written about in the Bible.

Our thoughts-
We watched this as a family, and quite frankly, I would like to see it again as it is pretty overwhelming with facts at times.  That being said, our 10 year old did watch with us and loved it!  There were a lot of exclamations of "cool!" and "that's neat" throughout the viewing.  Of course, as believers, we do not doubt the validity of the Bible and the fact that the Exodus did occur, but the sheer number of people involved alone makes it mind boggling for us at times.  We loved that there were historical facts presented in simple terms that we, children included, could use to later defend our faith!

This film is NOT one sided, and indeed some of those interviewed do not believe that the Exodus actually happened, from archaeologists to Egyptologists.  But I do believe that all of the evidence presented is done in a very professional, and non-argumentative way.  Because we want to raise our children to respect the views of others, even those we do not agree with, this is important to me in this kind of documentary.

For that reason, I would most certainly recommend this film to you.  It is well done, quite heavily researched and will give your family a lot to consider and talk about!  You can watch the trailer and find more info at the Patterns of Evidence website.

You can also use the discount code MK1 for $3.00 off the movie when ordering.

If you would like to win a copy of Patterns of Evidence, just leave me a comment here on the blog and a good way to reach you if you win.  We will choose a random winner next Thursday!

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  1. I'd love the chance to win this DVD. We are studying Ancients and are just getting to Moses and the plagues. I would love to hear the argument as to why the Exodus did not happen. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. We would love the opportunity to explore the evidence of the Exodus! Thank you for introducing us to the Patterns of Evidence website with your review, it is absolutely amazing! And thank you for the opportunity to win!

  3. My family and I would enjoy watching this DVD together.

  4. Thank you for your great review of our film. We appreciate it and glad you enjoyed it- along with some of your readers too hopefully!
    We wanted to let you know about our 'Thinker Updates' since you & your family seem to be thinkers. They include fascinating research & finds with new evidence related to the Bible, plus more . We typically send them out once a week and then archive the blogs for reference & pleasure reading. You can sign up here to become a 'Thinker'
    We also carry homeschool curriculum for ages 7-14 on this topic. It's called Patterns of Evidence :Young Explorers


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