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Exodus Decoded Official site   [New Window]

The Exodus Decoded is a 2006 History Channel documentary created by Jewish Canadian filmmaker and investigative journalist Simcha Jacobovici.

Exodus. The very word evokes an epic tale of Pharaohs and Israelites, plagues and miracles, the splitting of the sea, the drowning of an army, Moses and the revelation at Sinai. The story is at the very heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. But many historians argue that the Exodus is a myth. Others disagree.

In the Exodus Decoded we analyze the latest archaeological findings and scientific papers; we explore the dusty back rooms of out-of-the-way libraries and museums around the world; and we track down dozens of forgotten relics and ancient documents. Individually, these findings are historical curiosities. Together they tell the true story of the Exodus.

Debunking "The Exodus Decoded"   [New Window]

"The $3.5 million documentary "The Exodus Decoded" made its US debut August 20 on the History Channel. The documentary was produced and narrated by Simcha Jacobovici, the film purportedly provides new evidence to demonstrate the Exodus really happened. Some of Jacobovici’s points are new while others are old hat, having been proposed before. The presentation suffers from the same fate as other similar “documentaries” as dates are revised willy-nilly to make everything neatly come together to explain the events of the Exodus. Jacobovici does more harm than good since he mishandles the archaeological evidence."

Wikipedia   [New Window]

The Exodus Decoded is a 2006 History Channel documentary created by Jewish Canadian filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici and the producer/director James Cameron. The documentary explores evidence for the Biblical account of the Exodus. Its claims and methods were widely criticized both by Biblical scholars and by mainstream scientists.

The Israelite Exodus from Egypt   by Jimmy Dunn    [New Window]

An article from the Tour Egypt site, Jimmy Dunn states;

"Clearly, Merenptah's army had victoriously fought some part of Israel, and the message to us today is clear. By this point in history, the Israelites were in the land of Canaan though the account does not really help us to date their actual arrival. Hence, the majority view among scholars is that the Exodus must have taken place by at least the 13th Century BC."

As you can see, if you have visited the above sites, dates are not agreed upon by any one authority.

Bible History Online    [New Window]

The section "The Exodus in Smith's Bible Dictionary" states;

"The Exodus, of the Israelites from Egypt. The common chronology places the date of this event at B.C. 1491, deriving it in this way: --In 1Ki 6:1 it is stated that the building of the temple, in the forth year of Solomon, was in the 480th year after the exodus. The fourth year of Solomon was bout B.C. 1012. Add the 480 years (leaving off one years because neither the fourth nor the 480th was a full year), and we have B.C. 1491 as the date of the exodus. This is probably very nearly correct; but many Egyptologists place it at 215 years later, --about B.C. 1300. Which date is right depends chiefly on the interpretation of the Scripture period of 430 years, as denoting the duration of the bondage of the Israelites."