On Exodus the true story behind the Biblical account_nodrm
Every year for millennia Jews have celebrated Passover to commemorate the Exodus—their liberation from Egypt. The Passover seder which recalls the Jewish people’s bitter enslavement, the ten plagues, and the miraculous escape via the Reed Sea under Moses’ leadership—is, in fact, widely regarded as the oldest religious ritual still celebrated today. The Exodus is also a bedrock of Christian faith, and the Eucharist originated in Jesus’ Last Supper seder with his disciples. Furthermore, the Exodus has served as a model for liberation struggles throughout history.
Yet in spite of all this, biblical scholars have largely discounted the historicity of Moses, the plagues, and the Exodus itself as a simplified dramatization of the rise of the Hebrew people. Even traditional Jews, Christians, and Moslems who take the Bible quite literally have regarded the details of the story as lost in history.
Now Ian Wilson draws on dramatic new exegetical and archaeological discoveries to show precisely when, why, and how the events of the biblical story actually occurred. Drawing on new research of Johns Hopkins University Egyptologist Hans Goedicke and others, Wilson identifies the eruption of the Mediterranean volcano of Santorini (ca. 1450 B.C.)—the greatest natural disaster in the area in civilized times—as the source of the plagues and the tidal wave that parted the Red Sea.
Wilson tells a fascinating story, rich in detail, expansive in scope, with many examples of the effects of volcanic eruptions, the dynamics of tidal waves, the history of the pharaohs, and much more. He brings together old traditions and recent theories like a seasoned detective, piecing together clues to a great and ancient mystery.
Using a wealth of photographs—of pharaonic statues and tombs, papyrus fragments, Egyptian tablets, exquisite frescoes at Akrotiri, excavations at Jericho, victims of ritual sacrifice, and the eruptions of Tambora, Krakatau, and Mount St. Helens—Wilson builds an impressive argument that not only helps to substantiate the Exodus story but also gives new perspective on the whole chronology of the second millennium B.C.
British journalist and historian Ian Wilson specializes in investigative reporting on historical religious subjects. He is the author of the bestselling Shroud of Turin, The Mysterious Shroud, and Jesus: The Evidence. In addition, he has developed television series relating to these and other subjects.