2. It’s Entertaining (and Educational, Too)
Mahoney knew little about the debate over Moses’ authorship when he began making the film. He only knew there was disagreement.
“The surprise for me was uncovering information,” Mahoney said.
Mahoney travels the world to interview scholars on the Left and the Right, asking them to answer each other’s claims. He is part-journalist, part-explorer, part-archaeologist. The viewer learns as Mahoney learns. He is fair.
One “aha” moment takes place when Mahoney discovers that Flinders Petrie (1853-1942), a British archaeologist who is sometimes called the “father of Egyptology,” found evidence suggesting Moses had access to a written alphabet he could have used.
“Did everybody forget what [Petrie] wrote or did they conveniently forget?” Mahoney asked, rhetorically.
Mainstream scholars often participate in group think and assume their paradigms are true, he added.
“Sometimes it just takes an outsider to sort of look at things,” Mahoney said. “I'm just raising questions. It's up to the scholars to give us the answers. But then it's up to you as an audience to basically say, do I buy their answer?”
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