By now, everyone has heard of Simcha Jacobovici. His special program on the History Channel, The Exodus Decoded, has generated much discussion and controversy. In August 2006, I wrote a post, “The Exodus Decoded,” in which I gave a brief evaluation of Jacobovici’s view.
The best and the most comprehensive review of The Exodus Decoded was written by Christopher Heard. Chris has written 14 posts in Higgaion exposing the fallacies of Jacobovici ’s views. In addition to his comprehensive review, Chris also lists several other sites that are related to The Exodus Decoded.
But the question remains: Who is Simcha Jacobovici? Jacobovici is an award-winning Canadian documentary director and producer and also a well-published writer and lecturer. He has been called a modern-day Indiana Jones who brought together a little of skepticism, a penchant for archaeology, and the passion of an investigative journalist to produce The Exodus Decoded.
A recent article in UKTV.com. provides some biographical information about Jacobovici and his work. As for his view of the Bible and archaeology, the article says:
Jacobovici is not merely out to get stuffy archaeologists to call a spade a spade. He is probing some of the most controversial new theories in Biblical archaeology: that the invention of the alphabet contributed to the Biblical Exodus; that recently discovered Bronze Age ceramic penises may explain why Delilah fell for Samson; and that an African army rescued Jerusalem in the 8th Century B.C. That he can combine such pioneering investigation with more irreverent questioning such as “Where do you stop for a good falafel when you’re on your way to find the real Mount Sinai?” shows that there’s no reason why you can’t learn some amazing history while having a bit of fun at the same time.
Read the whole article by clicking here.
If you desire to read more about many of the fallacies presented by Jacobovici in The Exodus Decoded, I highly recommend that you read Christopher Heard’s posts in Higgaion.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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