A while back, I was searching for something to watch on Netflix and I came across Patterns of Evidence. Since the first time I stumbled upon this documentary I have watched it quite a few times for interest and entertainment. Thus, when a review opportunity popped up for the DVD of the same, I was thrilled. While life has gotten away from me and I’m missing review deadlines, I still want you to know what an incredible experience this documentary is and how it is very worthwhile for your family.
About the author/filmmaker/producer: Tim Mahoney
Tim Mahoney founded Mahoney Media Group, Inc. (MMG) in 1989. Specifically, Thinking Man Films & Media was founded in 2014 as an international documentary and publishing company with a focus on education and the Bible. Tim’s first full feature documentary film, “Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus”, released in January 2015. The film took 12 years to develop and takes a scientific approach to investigate the events of the Biblical Exodus. The overall vision for his film company is to explore “patterns of evidence” that support the Biblical narrative and engages the world in a conversation. The film takes a balanced approach and leaves the audience to decide for themselves if the Bible is real history or myth.
It was about two years ago, and my daughter was studying Ancient Egypt and the Old Testament for her history course. We needed some visual aids and interactive materials and I figured there had to be a video or two online from one of our streaming resources for us to experience and enhance our lessons. We watched several from various streaming resources, but it was this Patterns of Evidence: Exodus that just captivated us and brought us back for a second watch and more. I even told friends and family about it and we came back with the Enginerd to watch it again and discuss it all.
Find more information: www.patternsofevidence.com
Patterns of Evidence: Exodus
- Won 13 awards on the film festival circuit in 2014
- Supplemental resources include a nearly 400-page hardcover book, small group Bible study, Movie event kit, youth version, homeschool curriculum and others.
- The film has an objective, fair-minded and balanced approach. It allows viewpoints from all sides to be heard in a respectful way while asking honest questions of the Bible and scholars’ views. It does not preach and lets the evidence speak for itself.
The Patterns of Evidence website has a lot more information than I could possibly provide in my review as well as a place to buy a personal copy of the DVD for your family. For a limited time, use the code MK1 for $3 off the DVD price which retails for $19.95. And if you act soon, you can enter to win a copy on this blog post. Leave a comment and tell me why you want to add this DVD to your family’s collection. Giveaway ends September 11th, 2017. (See disclosure at the end of this post.)
In many resources, when we are studying Ancient Egypt and the Old Testament we are told to accept things by faith. Supposedly, archaeologists have concluded that there is no evidence for specific bits of accepted Christian history and we just believe it. While belief and faith are one thing, it is possible that someone may need a bit more proof. For instance, the basis of this documentary is a crisis of faith wondering Is this foundational event (The Jewish Exodus from Egypt) of the Bible really just a myth? Every minute of this film is filled with interesting and vividly appealing material to give evidence for just such a possibility.
Narration by Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), interviews and guest appearances with real people of the countries and areas involved in the history as well as amazing animations put forth a fascinating conversation starter and thinker for this film. The animation which is brought forth again and again through out the film and more information is relayed is one of my favorites for discussing the timeline of events and I have talked about it with my students, Enginerd, and family and friends quite a few times.
While in our studies, we watched quite a few documentaries and videos. This is the one film that I will categorically come back to when my next student is studying this bit of history. Patterns of Evidence: Exodus is fascinating and well done, and extremely well received in my house. I truly hope that Tim Mahoney will go on to continue this as a series and create more such full feature documentaries to continue the conversations. Thinking Man Films are well done and worth the time to watch without a doubt, more than once, again and again.
I have not seen the other supplemental resources, but I do plan to look into them as I think they are most likely very worthwhile as well.