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  • Jan 29, 2010
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Bible readers have been debating whether the biblical stories of the Israelite exodus from Egyptian bondage actually occurred, whether it happened in a much smaller scale, if the scriptural miracles were natural occurrences and, in short, what actually happened. Colin J. Humphreys, a scientist, takes a naturalistic non-supernatural approach. He addresses stories told in the book of Exodus, such as how can a bush keep burning, what was the manna that fell in the desert, and where exactly were Mount Sinai and the Red Sea. The book is written in an engaging flowing style. Even readers who prefer a more fundamental interpretation of Scripture will enjoy and tend to agree with many of his ideas. He states, for example, that Midian, the land to which Moses fled after killing an Egyptian who was flogging a Hebrew, was not in the Sinai desert by in what is today called Saudi Arabia. Thus, when Moses was shepherding his father-in-laws flocks, he was doing so in Saudi Arabia, the land covering rivers of oil, and the burning bush was probably continually burning because of the oil beneath its surface. Mount Sinai, he contends, was also in Saudi Arabia. The burning and smoke that the Bible describes, which the Israelites could see for miles and which served as a goal for their journey was probably a burning volcano. Readers will hear the evidence he presents and can make their own decisions.

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review by . April 12, 2010
I like math. I like science. And I like the Bible. So this book is just perfect for me; it's by a serious scientist from Cambridge University, England, and it's about a really serious study of a famous story in the Bible.      Actually, Colin Humphreys is more than "just" a serious scientist. He's the sort of person who will take a trip to the Red Sea to investigate whether his theories might be true. And then he'll write about the trip in a gently personal …
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Reconstructions of biblical events by modern investigators are nothing new, but Humphreys's analysis of the Exodus reflects an unusual combination of homework, legwork and creativity. Humphreys, a materials scientist at Cambridge University, is a self-confessed amateur in the fields of archeology and biblical studies. But he emerges as the best sort of amateur, whose enthusiasm for his subject and joy in puzzle solving have a contagious appeal in spite of occasional quirkiness. As an outsider asking pesky but often astute questions, Humphreys will remind some readers of a certain physicist portrayed in Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!; and like Feynman, Humphreys shows an ability to sidestep scholarly assumptions by checking facts. Humphreys runs numbers, consults disused geological charts and old explorers' memoirs, and investigates sites on foot, unearthing fragmentary but wide-ranging evidence. The book's title is somewhat misleading since Humphreys's goal is to reconstruct the whole Exodus narrative and in particular, to retrace the likeliest route of travel and identify the correct location of Mount Sinai rather than to focus on the miracles themselves. Still, Humphreys rises to a self-imposed challenge to account for the Exodus miracles in terms of natural events (some more feasible than others) that become miraculous in light of their timing and significance for the escaping Hebrews. Although many of his hypotheses have been published before, Humphreys' refinements ...
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ISBN-10: 0060582731
ISBN-13: 978-0060582739
Author: Colin Humphreys
Publisher: HarperOne

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