Part Two of the Patterns of Evidence documentary, The Red Sea Miracle, was launched last week, July 17, 2020 online. Director Timothy Mahoney originally planned for the movie to open in theaters, but the Coronavirus caused his team to try another venue.
Part One (Released 2/18/20) began exploring the Israelite’s exodus from Egypt nearly 3,500 years ago. What route did they take as they journeyed through desert and wilderness, and where did they cross the Red Sea?
Competing theories include the Egyptian and Hebrew approaches, and Part Two introduces a Hybrid approach. These approaches detail the way experts in various fields of research arrive at a proposed route taken by the Israelites, the locations they came to, where they crossed the Red Sea, and whether God used spectacular, supernatural miracles, or merely naturalistic occurrences.
Mahoney travels around the world, interviews experts, explores the regions in question, examines the evidence, and applies critical thinking in an effort to arrive at the truth of this historical narrative recorded in the book of Exodus. The film even wrestles with the idea of whether or not miracles can actually happen, and questions how much of the story is legend, mythology or poetic vs. historically accurate.
“The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.” (Exodus 14:21-22)
This beautiful film does a fine job bringing together hundreds of years of modern research and allows viewers to draw their own conclusions. I would highly recommend this film to anyone who loves Biblical history and a peak into the past. Further, if you have ever watched and enjoyed Cecil B. DeMille’s ”The Ten Commandments” (1956), this documentary shows how influential that film was, and how it has impacted modern research.
The Red Sea Miracle II provides a fascinating view into the past through the use of modern technology, archaeology, and other sciences. Both parts are lengthy and include an intermission and panel discussions, but I found them quite educational and well researched.