I will be honest. This is more cerebral than most viewers will appreciate and so it may not be for everyone. Several modern scholars make the claim that Moses did not write the Torah. For believers, this undermines our faith. If we can't trust the first five books of the Bible, all of the Jewish and Christian faiths suffer serious issues of credibility. The author took his time, asked the hard questions, consulted with both sides and tested the evidence to come to his conclusion. He did a study of the history of written language to confirm/disprove the main position of those claiming Moses did not write the Torah. Their conclusion is that Moses existed prior to written language, and therefore could not have written it. Their conclusion is that it was oral tradition and was exaggerated with the retelling. The author set up several proofs that he needed to confirm the position one way or another. He was fair and objective throughout the process. It's a lot of detail-driven archaeology material, but for those wanting an in depth, scientific discussion of whether or not Moses could or could not have written the Torah, this DVD will give you your answer and it will be a credible, believable conclusion. Even though a dry subject, he did keep my attention in his presentation.
I realize some people will never change their preconceived notions -- no matter how much evidence you give them -- (as evidenced by the "mainstream" scholars in this documentary), but for those who can put aside their preconceived notions, this is a good apologetic tool when it comes to the matter of Biblical reliability. The documentary itself is beautifully done and inspiring. I was particularly moved by the recreation of the pillar of fire and God descending upon Mount Sinai to meet with Moses and the camp of Israel. Rabbi Friedman did a beautiful job of further bringing the scene to life. That portion of the documentary alone was worth the cost of the DVD -- even more. I wish I had been able to watch this in theaters. This was wonderfully done. I was not bored once, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. I find it much better than the first "Pattern of Evidence" on the Exodus. That one focused so much on the critics that it was difficult to enjoy. It saved its big guns for last. This one did not make that mistake.
The first movie in the series is as advertised and is really good. The second movie in the series, 'Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy' was also really good, but the preview leads most people to believe that the movie is going to get into the physical evidence for the Red Sea crossing, which there is great evidence for, including chariot wheels, etc. that have been found, as well as the physical evidence for the Mount Sinai, the massive split rock that Moses struck, etc. Instead the movie only focused on if Moses could and did write the first books of the Bible, which was fine and important, but honestly if people don't believe that, there is no reason for people to believe the rest of the Bible, which is demonstrated in the movie.
The other somewhat disappointing thing about the movie, was that they never mention Ron Wyatt when they briefly state that there is evidence for the Red Sea crossing, etc. Ron Wyatt was the original discoverer of the correct Red Sea crossing location, the path the Israelites took, and many other discoveries. Ron Wyatt's discoveries are so amazing and profound, his discoveries also have caused many people to deseminate disinformation to try and muddy the waters for Ron Wyatt's discoveries, which might be why Ron Wyatt's name is not mentioned in the film, but anyone doing a lot of digging into Ron Wyatt will discover that there are ample reasons to believe that many of his discoveries have merit. Perhaps this series will continue and provide evidence into the other physical discoveries made.
The Patterns of Evidence films are well worth watching!
This is another excellent documentary by Timothy Mahone. He works hard to try to answer all objections to the Bible story with legitimate facts (something that not all apologists do unfortunately). I have been investigating many of the things he examines on my own and I can attest that is doing a really good job this far at avoiding the frauds.
The only thing I could have asked for is if he had shown some of the alternate translations so we could see for ourselves that the Hebrew translation was the better translation but I understand that he wants to save those for the next film.
Thank you Tim for doing these documentaries. I can guess at how much you are having to sacrifice to do this.
They did a good job leading up to the points of the movie. If you are already well versed in the topic of Hebrew Script and the history, then this movie may be too simple. However, for Christians who are seeking for more Truth, this is a very good film that connects some important dots.
This film is recommended and endorsed. You will not be disappointed.
Great follow on to the POE Exodus video. The presentation technique is a pros and cons format. The traditions of man always gets in the way of the truth. This presentation allows those facets of life to be exposed and considered. It is a presentation of the patterns of the evidence for the argument and allows the viewer to consider and decide for themselves. Of course if you are open to the Truth then the answer is intuitively obvious to the most casual observer, as my math professor would proclaim more than 50 years ago. I bought several after seeing it in the theater to share and review in more detail. U will like it.
Tim Mahoney does a great job at addressing the topic with not only his research but also presenting the critics' point of view. It's amazing to see the evidence out there which supports the Biblical record yet so many scholars seemingly don't want anything to change their paradigm. Give this a watch, even if your a skeptic. Highly recommend!
I like Tim Mahoney, he is just so unassuming and friendly, yet he digs deeply, intelligently and fairly to uncover lost, hidden, forgotten, despised, rejected strands of evidence that each have a crucial part to play in telling the true story, when taken all together. Another thrilling journey.
Yes, the evidence is all there that Moses DID write the Torah / Pentateuch, as stated in the Torah and traditionally believed.
Yes, the evidence is all there to the rigorous standards of true Science - which, sadly, many scientists today neglect.
Yes, the evidence is all there that Moses' people were largely literate - by the end of the Exodus, even if not in the beginning.
I guess that what frightens academics is the thought of standing out, being a black sheep, taking miracles seriously. But the evidence is all there that miracles do happen, have happened, and can happen, even on a vast scale on rare but significant occasions eg the Sun's strange movement at Fatima, reported but - hey, that can't happen! - kneejerk dismissal and forgetting by most people. Yet not only was it witnessed by a great number, but also it parallels happenings reported in the Bible (in one encounter of Isaiah and Hezekiah, a sighting seen also by Babylon's astronomers) and more recently, in Medjugorje.
So hats off once again to Tim Mahoney for producing a video every Church should see - as well as every intelligent theologian.
I think there is a lot more in this direction to be found. We already have the extraordinary work of Ron Wyatt (now deceased but his material is still available). The extraordinary story of Joseph Smith also deserves looking at - a story touching Old Testament apocalyptic history. One does not have to become a Mormon to recognize that here is a significant story that belongs to the whole further unfolding of Christianity. And in practising "Whatsoever things are true . . . honest . . . just . . . pure . . . lovely . . . of good report . . . think on these things" I sense that there is important material to uncover showing that Abraham too was literate, inherited ancient records, passed them on, and taught his descendants literacy as being of crucial importance to a "chosen race".
I enjoyed this film, although I watched small sections at a time due to the subject being fairly dry. But it was still done very well for a "dry" subject. Mahoney is a good presenter and investigator. I enjoyed the first movie also:
Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus https://www.amazon.com/Patterns-Evidence-Exodus-Kevin-Sorbo/dp/B013DS4QNW/
I was an atheist who had a near death / out of body experience. Became a theist, later a christian, later a creationist. I learned evolution in school (university and high school) so after my NDE/OBE experience it was hard for me to synthesize the Bible and "Science". After researching the science part through many articles and lectures from Creation Ministries over several years,
Is Genesis History? https://www.amazon.com/Genesis-History-Del-Tackett-DM/dp/B06Y15ZTJ9/
Anyway, now I am enjoying learning about the archeological/Bible History debate with Mahoneys two videos. However, I have done some other research on these archaeological topics from free youtube video lectures. But these two Patterns of Evidence movies are higher quality productions, which makes it more enjoyable to watch.
Anyway, Thank you Mr. Mahoney for great productions. Can't wait for more.
This is an amazing documentary evaluating the evidence for and against the historical plausability of Moses as the writer of the Torah, the first 5 books of the Bible. It delves into history, archaeology, and the evolution of the earliest alphabets and where they came from which was particularly fascinating for me. I had already seen some interviews from the maker of this film and I saw the trailer but the film itself went way beyond my expectations.
It takes a little too much time, in my opinion, on the personal lives of the film maker and some of the experts he interviews that could have been edited out. This does not take away from the film- just lengthens it a bit.
As a person of faith, there is good evidence to show the historical accuracy and reliability of the Bible. Whether you are a person of faith or not, this is a must-see!