By looking through the 'spectacles of science', Colin Humphreys is able to explain miraculous events like the crossing of the Red Sea, the ten plagues and the burning bush. After seven years of meticulous research Colin Humphreys has written a fascinating and involving book on the miracles of Exodus and the Israelites' escape from Egypt. Although Humphreys uses science to explain the events of Exodus he does not believe that this makes them any less miraculous - rather, God is the force behind the science. The author answers key questions about the Exodus, such as how many Israelites were involved and how they manage to survive in the desert for 40 years. He argues that the Israelites did indeed cross over the Red Sea (and not the Reed Sea as some scholars claim) and that the real Mount Sinai is not in the Sinai Peninsula but is a volcano in Arabia. Humphreys provides convincing biblical evidence to support his views and his treatment of the subject is fresh, passionate and often amusing. Humphreys concludes: 'I am well aware that most scholars believe the book of Exodus is riddled with errors and inconsistencies.
I've subjected the biblical text to a real grilling in this book, and I can only stand back in amazement at its accuracy and consistency, down to points of tiny detail...The Exodus story revealed in this book is truly astonishing, amazing and inspirational.'
Table of Contents
1. Unlocking the secrets of the Exodus; 2. Crossing the River Jordan; 3. The date-of-the-Exodus controversy; 4. Moses and Midian; 5. The burning bush; 6. The mountain of God - the mountain of fire; 7. Mission impossible: the Exodus strategy; 8. How many people were in the Exodus?; 9. The plagues of Egypt; 10. Death on the Nile; 11. The journey starts: the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire; 12. Where was the biblical Red Sea?; 13. The Red Sea Revealed; 14. The lost site of Etham; 15. Entrapment by Pharaoh; 16. Crossing the Red Sea; 17. Turning bitter water sweet; 18. From the clue of the dew to water from a rock; 19. The spectacular site of Mount Sinai.
Colin Humphreys is Professor of Materials Science at Cambridge University and is a great friend of Professor Stephen Hawking.