On the heels of the December movie Exodus: Gods and Kings comes a more serious film effort. The soon-to-be-released documentary, Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus,1 addresses the ongoing question: is the Exodus a myth, as most archaeologists still claim? While not an overtly Christian film, Patterns of Evidence supports the historicity of Moses and the reality of the Exodus, and thus endorses this much-debated part of the Bible. This high-quality feature-length documentary has already won numerous awards at secular film festivals.
The traditional (secular) date of the Exodus is 1250 BC, during the time of Pharaoh Rameses in the New Kingdom. Since no evidence has been found for an Exodus during this time period, most archaeologists are skeptical about the biblical account. The film argues, however, that archaeologists have been looking in the wrong time period. The documentary reveals that even agnostic archaeologists like David Rohl are now strongly questioning that late date.
Secular Egyptologists are increasingly admitting that their dating of ancient Egyptian history is in shambles. Some are declaring that the Bible should be given more serious consideration as our best—and only—historical record of events surrounding the Hebrews. Bible believers who watch Patterns of Evidence will be confirmed in their confidence that Moses’s account of the Exodus is historical—just as the writers of the New Testament, and Jesus Himself (Luke 16:31), affirmed.