A high priest looks upon the Ark of the Covenant in a scene from “The Exodus Conspiracy.” (courtesy Mahoney Media Group)
A film that could potentially verify the historical accuracy of much of the Bible is getting a major expansion, causing its producers to be extra sensitive to modern political concerns and anxious fans to wait even longer for its release.
With a new working title of “The Exodus Conspiracy,” the movie was initially targeted for release in the spring of 2007. But, despite about 10 years of work, the producers have not launched it yet because the scope of the project has increased dramatically.
As WND reported in 2006, the film was intended at first to focus primarily on documenting the Exodus of the Israelites from ancient Egypt.
It originally encompassed events recorded in the books of Genesis and Exodus, beginning with the exploits of Joseph, the son of Jacob who was betrayed by his brothers into slavery but eventually became the second most powerful man in the known world, predicting seven years of famine in Egypt. It then covered biblical accounts involving Moses, the plagues on Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, and eventually Mount Sinai, where God is said to have given the Ten Commandments to the Israelites.
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But the film’s creators, while not wishing to reveal every detail, say the motion picture has grown tremendously, now beginning at the time of Abraham and ending with today’s news headlines direct from the Middle East. It even includes appearances by Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“We know how hot the real estate is. It’s hot,” said Pete Windahl, co-producer of “The Exodus Conspiracy.” “We’ve got to be right.”
With massive scrutiny expected, the efforts to be right about every fact and phrasing the narration just perfectly have created part of the delay, along with the inclusion of the added material.
Director Tim Mahoney instructs actors re-creating a scene involving the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai in the forthcoming movie, “The Exodus Conspiracy.” (Mahoney Media Group)
“We’ve made about eight prototypes of this film, about 500 hours of footage to get into a two-hour time span,” Windahl said.
What makes the film so “hot” is its march into present-day geopolitics based on which peoples dwelt on Mideast lands for thousands of years.
… the film also documents the efforts of Arab governments, especially Egypt and Saudi Arabia, to suppress, or at least to seriously impede, the discovery and publication of archaeological data that would confirm the historicity of the biblical narrative. Is this a conspiracy to suppress the truth about the ancient history of the Middle East? And, if so, who could possibly want to deny the reality of a 3,500-year-old event, and why?
The film’s answer to these questions is that Arab governments and political circles wish to deny to the Jews the status of indigenous inhabitants of the Middle East; and above all, to deny the 3,000-plus years of continuous Jewish inhabitance of the land of Israel (called “Palestine” by the Romans, the British, and now the Arabs).
The entire Arab justification for 88 years of relentless war against the Jewish people in the Holy Land, and their efforts first to prevent the rebirth of the Jewish nation there, and then to destroy it, rests on the claim that the Jews are alien European “settlers” in the Holy Land, while the Arabs are the “indigenous” native population, who have lived there “since time immemorial.”
Archaeology that confirms the accuracy of the biblical narrative, and which documents the ancientness of the Jewish habitation of the land, is thus extremely inconvenient to Israel’s enemies, even though (or rather because) it concerns events in the remote past.
“This might be the biggest documentary in the world – ever,” said Tim Mahoney, the film’s director who also appears on screen, asking questions of Dr. Lennart Moller, a Swedish DNA researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and author of “The Exodus Case.”
Director Tim Mahoney demonstrates how he wants the Isaac character to lie on a sacrificial site while Dr. Lennart Moller captures behind-the-scenes video for the upcoming film, “The Exodus Conspiracy.” (Mahoney Media Group)
While several versions of the movie have been pre-screened for small audiences, the final cut is still not complete, and the answer to the big question of exactly when a national release will take place remains elusive.
“We can’t give a you a date yet,” said Mahoney. “We need to have the funding to finish it. I think we should have it finished this year, and we’ll release it after that.”
With re-creations of biblical events and music courtesy of a symphony in Budapest, Hungary, the film includes retracing the actual route the Israelites took when they were freed from slavery in Egypt and crossed the Red Sea.
Abraham raises a knife over his son, Isaac, in a scene from “The Exodus Conspiracy.” (Mahoney Media Group)
While some scholars have alleged the Israelites crossed a “sea of reeds” and not the Red Sea itself, recent evidence suggests there was an actual crossing of the sea, beginning at a beachhead in Nuweiba, Egypt, and moving eastward across the Gulf of Aqaba portion of the Red Sea into Saudi Arabia on the other side.
Yellow highlights the possible real location of Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia. The Gulf of Aqaba branch of the Red Sea is at center, with the main Red Sea at the bottom-right of the photo (courtesy wyattmuseum.com)
It is there Mahoney and many others believe is the real location of Mount Sinai, even referenced in the New Testament as “mount Sinai in Arabia” by the apostle Paul in Galatians 4:25.
“It is a military-protected area with machine-gun guards,” said Mahoney.
Over the years, at least 13 different sites have actually been claimed
on the Sinai peninsula as being the location where the Bible says God
wrote the Ten Commandments with His own finger.
Mahoney’s movie is said to be packed with physical, archaeological evidence corroborating the accounts of Holy Scripture.
Also included in the film is a “shocking” clip of an Arab mob destroying Joseph’s Tomb, the burial site of the Old Testament hero.
While the title is currently “The Exodus Conspiracy,” the producers admitted that may not even be its final name.
When asked why they selected the word “conspiracy,” Mahoney indicated, “It’s a big story, and even through time, there have been nations that have been conspiring against Israel all the time.”
Windahl added: “It tends to be a conspiracy of evil – perhaps not seemingly coordinated, but nonetheless, evil.”
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