Well, everyone, I went and saw the movie and let me tell you, I was definitely impressed by the content. So much so, that it might take a bit of time to put all of my thoughts together concerning this film.
The premise of the film is the controversy surrounding the authorship of the first five books of the Old Testament. Most Christians believe that Moses wrote Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
According to the film, a number of mainstream scholars don’t believe Moses could have written those first five books because the people of that time couldn’t read or write. According to these same scholars, there was no formal written alphabet that could have been used.
However, the Bible contradicts that position quite clearly.
In Exodus 17, we see Joshua and the army of Israel go up against Amalek. After defeating Amalek, God instructs Moses to “write this for a memorial in a book…” (Exodus 17:14).
If the Israelites couldn’t read or write, then why would God instruct Moses to write down the history of this battle with Amalek? Why would God write the Ten Commandments on stone tablets for the people to follow (Exodus 34:28) if the people couldn’t read?
In this film, Tim Mahoney makes the case that Moses could have used an early form of an alphabet to write the first five books of the Old Testament. And this alphabet could have been created by Joseph. As the second in command of Egypt, he would have needed to write a number of different documents. A simpler form of an alphabet would make it easier to write and easier for the Semitic people to read.
Tim easily makes the case that Moses did, in fact, write the first five books of the Old Testament and it’s well worth watching.
If you can, there is one more showing of this film in theaters tonight, March 19. If not, I would invite you to buy the DVD when it’s available. I would also buy Patterns of Evidence: Exodus to establish the background for this latest film.
I made this one short because I didn’t want to give away too much of the film. I want to encourage you to watch it for yourselves and make your own decisions.