reviewing two reviews of “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus” (3)

The recently released documentary “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus” attempts to redirect the modern scholarly discussion of the historicity of the exodus by revealing evidence that mainstream scholars “don’t want the world to see–because it could cause them to shift their long-held positions.” The stated justification for the film, however, is not so much scholarly as it [Read More...]

“Patterns of Evidence” and patterns of culture-war rhetoric: (2)

Today’s post is the second of three on the recently released documentary “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus.” As I said in my first post, the concern I have is with the culture-war rhetoric the documentary seems to promote concerning the historical reliability of the exodus story. Below is the rationale for making this documentary taken from the film’s website. Stated are: The Problem, [Read More...]

First of all, there is no conspiracy. A review of “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus” (1)

I’ve been asked a few times in recent weeks if I would comment on the recently released documentary Patterns of Evidence: Exodus.   I wasn’t able to see the film, since it has not been widely released, but I perused the film’s website, watched trailers, and read reactions. It struck me rather quickly that the film would likely [Read More...]

has science vindicated those nasty Samaritans? looks like it.

I knew I should have paid more attention to biology class in high school. “You never know,” mom said. “One day you might grow up to be a biblical scholar, and someone might publish a scientific paper that intersects with your own field and you might want to be able to understand it.” How right [Read More...]

stories work–(from The Bible Tells Me So)

Stories work. Stories are powerful. Stories move us deeply, more so than statistics, news reports, or textbooks. We all know that. We only need to think about what holds our attention and makes us long for more—that book, film, or TV series that we wish wouldn’t end quite so soon, that story told of some [Read More...]


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