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Miracles of Exodus: a Scientist's Discovery of the Extraordinary Natural Causes of the Biblical Stories Hardcover – 25 Mar 2003

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (25 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060514043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060514044
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 849,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Biblical history buffs will likely enjoy Humphrey's exodian excursions."--Kirkus Reviews

"A simply fascinating, and extremely readable, study of the Israelites in Egypt and on the desert way to Sinai."--Professor Robert Gordon, Regius Professor of Hebrew, Cambridge University

"Fascinating, highly readable...carefully researched and cogently argued. Recommended."--Library Journal

"This book will re-open the question of what happened when the Hebrews left Egypt for the Promised Land."--John Ray, Professor of Egyptology, University of Cambridge

"A strikingly novel interpretation of the Exodus story that will interest many students of the Bible."--Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne, Templeton Prize winner, and author of Belief in God in an Age of Science

A simply fascinating, and extremely readable, study of the Israelites in Egypt and on the desert way to Sinai. --Professor Robert Gordon, Regius Professor of Hebrew, Cambridge University"

A strikingly novel interpretation of the Exodus story that will interest many students of the Bible. --Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne, Templeton Prize winner, and author of Belief in God in an Age of Science"

This book will re-open the question of what happened when the Hebrews left Egypt for the Promised Land. --John Ray, Professor of Egyptology, University of Cambridge"

Biblical history buffs will likely enjoy Humphrey s exodian excursions. --Kirkus Reviews"

Fascinating, highly readable...carefully researched and cogently argued. Recommended. --Library Journal" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Interesting. Not as good as the author thinks it is. He is also quite proud of his ideas.

Aims to re-interpret the Bible story. Does not always argue his case well. If the Bible does not support his arguments then the Bible is ignored.Sometimes he is not convincing.
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Colin Humphreys correctly suggests what must have surely been the route for The Exodus. His scientific reasoning is also excellent. His book "The Mystery of the Last Supper" is an even better book than this one about The Exodus. Both books have been meticulously researched.
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I was lent this book by a friend, responding to a request for recent scholarship on the Exodus narrative, given that most of the material currently available appears to proceed based wholly on a set of skeptical presuppositions. Having presuppositions is fine, but after a while one begins to realise that the outcomes in terms of conclusions are fairly predictable.

I have to say that, prior to reading this book, I was a bit of a skeptic concerning Sir Colin's methodology. It seemed unlikely that a 'new' investigation would unearth the kinds of insights which recent archaeological endeavour had failed to produce - especially when this research was being conducted by a physicist. However, after a few chapters I became progressively convinced that the author was on the right track.

I have a few criticisms. The maps and illustrations are too small/unclear to add much to the text - and in this case, I really do think that the quality of the maps is an essential ingredient. Another reviewer has intimated that the text is overly repetitive - and it does exhibit that tendency, but I think that in many ways that repetition is necessary, in order to clearly link the key logical steps in the reader's mind. These are minor quibbles, however. It's a brilliant book, reading like a detective story and (generally) drawing conclusions that seem valid and which answer most of the challenges which have been raised by the skeptics. Sir Colin has a real knack of getting his readers to put themselves into the very foreign context that he describes so ably, and almost to coach us in 'looking' for the next piece in the jigsaw.
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I have purchased 3 copies of this book, two for friends who borrowed my copy and were so enthused that they asked me to order on their behalf. The important feature of this book is the willingness of the author to view the subject matter, particularly the geographical data, from a different perspective. In this case the perspective was an aerial one and the realisation that it would be highly unlikely that the Israelites could wander along any route other than a trade route because of the inhospitable terrain. Some readers may find the author's style somewhat irritating - it is written almost like a detective story. At the end of each chapter a useful summary is provided of matters addressed , conclusions reached and further questions to be explored. Although it took me sometime to get into the narrative, once hooked I found the subject matter truly engrossing. The author's final conclusion that Sinai has to be located in a volcanic region as well as his very satisfying explanation of the crossing of the Red Sea and his rejection of the 'reed sea ' hypothesis, both seem to me to add to one's appreciation of the Exodus story. However, this is not a book for the faint hearted. It needs to be read with several different translations of the bible texts to hand as well as detailed maps of the entire area. The end result is well worth the effort.
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An interesting attempt to account for the events associated with the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt as natural phenomena; their miraculous nature being in their their happy occurrence just at the "right time". The writing is clear, but at times a little patronising in its repetitiousness. At times also a plausible possible interpretation of an event graduates too readily to "the" explanation. Despite these petty carping criticisms the book is an interesting read.
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