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The Real Story of the Exodus Colin Humphreys, a world-renowned Cambridge University scientist, reveals for the first time the concrete, scientific truth behind the Exodus miracles. The Burning Bush: Caused by a volcanic vent that opened up under the bush. Crossing the Red Sea: The water was pushed back by a very strong wind blowing all night. This is a known physical phenomen The Real Story of the Exodus Colin Humphreys, a world-renowned Cambridge University scientist, reveals for the first time the concrete, scientific truth behind the Exodus miracles. The Burning Bush: Caused by a volcanic vent that opened up under the bush. Crossing the Red Sea: The water was pushed back by a very strong wind blowing all night. This is a known physical phenomenon called wind setdown. The details given in the Bible mean we can pinpoint where the Red Sea crossing occurred. Drowning Pharaoh's Army: When the very strong wind suddenly stopped blowing, the water rushed back in the form of a rapidly returning "bore" wave, sweeping Pharaoh's army into the sea. Mount Sinai: The real Mount Sinai is in present-day Saudi Arabia, not the Sinai Desert as is generally assumed.


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The Real Story of the Exodus Colin Humphreys, a world-renowned Cambridge University scientist, reveals for the first time the concrete, scientific truth behind the Exodus miracles. The Burning Bush: Caused by a volcanic vent that opened up under the bush. Crossing the Red Sea: The water was pushed back by a very strong wind blowing all night. This is a known physical phenomen The Real Story of the Exodus Colin Humphreys, a world-renowned Cambridge University scientist, reveals for the first time the concrete, scientific truth behind the Exodus miracles. The Burning Bush: Caused by a volcanic vent that opened up under the bush. Crossing the Red Sea: The water was pushed back by a very strong wind blowing all night. This is a known physical phenomenon called wind setdown. The details given in the Bible mean we can pinpoint where the Red Sea crossing occurred. Drowning Pharaoh's Army: When the very strong wind suddenly stopped blowing, the water rushed back in the form of a rapidly returning "bore" wave, sweeping Pharaoh's army into the sea. Mount Sinai: The real Mount Sinai is in present-day Saudi Arabia, not the Sinai Desert as is generally assumed.

30 review for The Miracles of Exodus: A Scientist's Discovery of the Extraordinary Natural Causes of the Biblical Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Renato Grun

    Algumas das mais fascinantes viagens pelo mundo da bíblia podem ser encontradas em enciclopédias bíblicas, comentários e mapas sobre o assunto. Mas nenhum deles, ou muito raros, são os que buscam as bases científicas de um dos maiores de seus acontecimentos: o êxodo. Escrito por Colin Humphreys, um eminente físico britânico, Os Milagres do Êxodo emprega a física, a astronomia, a biologia juntamente com outros recursos científicos para mostrar que os mistérios e milagres descritos no livro de Êxod Algumas das mais fascinantes viagens pelo mundo da bíblia podem ser encontradas em enciclopédias bíblicas, comentários e mapas sobre o assunto. Mas nenhum deles, ou muito raros, são os que buscam as bases científicas de um dos maiores de seus acontecimentos: o êxodo. Escrito por Colin Humphreys, um eminente físico britânico, Os Milagres do Êxodo emprega a física, a astronomia, a biologia juntamente com outros recursos científicos para mostrar que os mistérios e milagres descritos no livro de Êxodo possuem todos eles, elementos naturais, muito mais possíveis de ocorrer que quaisquer explicações ou soluções mágicas. Elaborado como uma trama detetivesca, o autor proporciona uma verdadeira viagem pelos sítios arqueológicos do Êxodo, revelando lugares e expondo soluções para eventos chaves da saga bíblica. A primeira parte começa, por exemplo, descrevendo um dos grandes milagres ocorridos na chegada dos hebreus ao fim de sua longa jornada pelo deserto, a travessia do Jordão. Humphreys relaciona esta travessia com a mais famosa travessia (a do Mar Vermelho) e a explica trazendo para análise pistas sugeridas pelo texto, bem como os conhecimentos historiográficos modernos elucidando o que teria causado o fenômeno. Nela, ele faz uma busca para localizar a cidade daquele evento encaixando a descrição do texto bíblico, fazendo uso de livros, mapas e léxicos em uma investigação minuciosa e instrutiva. Em seguida, Humphreys leva o leitor a um dos mais abrangentes estudos sobre os anos obscuros de Moisés, a sua estadia em Midiã, lançando luzes sobre sua fuga do Egito, vinculando às rotas de comércio documentadas nos livros topográficos (que segundo o autor, Moisés provavelmente tinha conhecimento), e como isso se relaciona com a peregrinação posterior com o povo pelo deserto até dar no Sinai. Ele menciona as bases científicas da sarça ardente e como as modernas compreensões do Sinai se encaixam nas definições de um vulcão em erupção. A pesquisa sobre as rotas de comércio também possibilitam conhecer todos os lugares da trajetória tomada por Moisés até chegar Midiã, trazendo a baila nomes de lugares e cidades antigas para os termos modernos e atuais, bem como as relaciona aos pontos onde se encontrava água potável, disponível aos comerciantes e viajantes de então. As dez pragas que caíram sobre o Egito também são elucidadas tomando por base os modernos conhecimentos científicos. Uma das partes mais interessantes é a sua solução elaborada para a morte dos primogênitos (também explicada em termos naturais), cuja maior parte dos pesquisadores bíblicos rara ou dificilmente consegue explicar. O capítulo que trata do número de pessoas do êxodo é bastante importante para desfazer mitos das traduções e uma das pouquíssimas explicações sobre o tema, disponíveis em língua portuguesa. A quarta parte se debruça sobre o itinerário do êxodo até chegar no Sinai (não o tradicional, como se postula). Humphreys resgata a trajetória dos hebreus lançando mão não só de mapas e comentários bíblicos, mas com o conhecimento do clima e topografia da região, o que o leva em outra direção, diferente do Sinai tradicional. Todas as pegadas o levam a uma rota distinta da conhecida, cujo foco acaba dando num Sinai vulcânico, elaborado mais tarde, e com detalhes pormenorizados, pelo autor. Essa explicação é interessantemente entrelaçada com as explicações naturais da coluna de fogo a noite uma coluna de fumaça de dia que os guiava, uma clara alusão as explosões vulcânicas que teriam guiado o povo. Um capítulo à parte sobre a estratégia do Faraó e a resposta de Moisés também localiza o Mar Vermelho e sua travessia, novamente, em termos naturais, fazendo o leitor imaginar o texto bíblico mais natural e humanamente possível. Por fim a última parte localiza o monte Sinai de acordo com a rota traçada no livro, elucidando, entre outras coisas, a narrativa da água que saía da rocha, bem como a história das codornizes fazendo uso de conhecimentos climáticos e obras de referência sobre vulcões, dando forma a um argumento forte e coeso de que a descrição do Sinai não é nada mais do que um vulcão em erupção. Sem dúvida alguma, um dos grandes livros sobre o êxodo e, sem exagero, merece uma maior atenção do público interessado nestes temas.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Fascinating view of the Exodus from a Cambridge University scientist who decides to take the Bible 'at its word', with the help of his scientific training and experience. Fascinating view of the Exodus from a Cambridge University scientist who decides to take the Bible 'at its word', with the help of his scientific training and experience.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Subhaan

    While a theologian may assert that the stories are not grounded in reality but they contain narratological, Colin Humphreys shows that the events which took place have a basis in reality and he provides a comprehensive study of the events which took place to the point that it felt as if you were walking in the footsteps of Moses. The Miracles of Exodus: A Scientist's Discovery of the Extraordinary Natural Causes of the Biblical Stories by Colin Humphreys is a remarkable book in my point. The inv While a theologian may assert that the stories are not grounded in reality but they contain narratological, Colin Humphreys shows that the events which took place have a basis in reality and he provides a comprehensive study of the events which took place to the point that it felt as if you were walking in the footsteps of Moses. The Miracles of Exodus: A Scientist's Discovery of the Extraordinary Natural Causes of the Biblical Stories by Colin Humphreys is a remarkable book in my point. The investigative style of the book is something which I have not come across previously but I was enthralled by the breadth of research and investigation which went into this book. Not only is it accessible for the layman but it goes into an incredible amount of detail about the exodus in a methodical and systematic way. As I read the book, I found myself agreeing with many of the points raised in the book and I found the arguments presented to be grounded in reality as opposed to being far fetched religious fantasies which one may expect when reading a book of this kind. The book relies heavily on history, archaeology, geography, and science to such an extent that I find it odd that anyone would disagree with the points raised. The plausibility of the exodus is not something which I doubted but reading this book has certainly reinforced my opinion of the event and it has provided a different lens to which the stories in the Abrahamic tradition can be viewed. There are not many criticism I have of this book but I do feel that including maps would have substantially improved the book and I feel as though the section regarding the parting of the Red Sea could have been developed further. Despite these small ammendments, it's a fantastic book and it's highly enjoyable to read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Esther O'Neill

    Acquired by accident, not bought, new or second hand, or borrowed, just left behind by a visitor, I had assumed that this wasn't for me. Opening it at last, I realised my mistake, and like many other readers, struggled to put it down. Natural causes for apparently miraculous events has strong appeal. Every stage of the author's careful analysis is as gripping as any thriller, inviting the reader to take part in a profoundly scientific journey, on the page, in the landscape, in the laboratory and Acquired by accident, not bought, new or second hand, or borrowed, just left behind by a visitor, I had assumed that this wasn't for me. Opening it at last, I realised my mistake, and like many other readers, struggled to put it down. Natural causes for apparently miraculous events has strong appeal. Every stage of the author's careful analysis is as gripping as any thriller, inviting the reader to take part in a profoundly scientific journey, on the page, in the landscape, in the laboratory and field walking with archaeologists. Reading why the Mount Sinai of Exodus was almost certainly a volcano- a named volcano, the author's revised route for Exodus made sense. Ten plagues ? The biological nature of each plague and necessary sequence is carefully defined, including the reasons offered for the death of Egypt's firstborn sons. . Parting of the Red Sea ? Entirely possible and credible.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jill Hudson

    Colin J. Humphreys is a distinguished scientist who was one of my husband's materials science lecturers at Oxford, which is why we acquired the book. I thought it was going to be one of those books where an arrogant scientist tells you either that none of the events in the Bible could have happened, or that they were all perfectly natural coincidences. I couldn't have been more wrong. Humphreys has made a detailed study over many years of the Exodus events. He concludes that there is absolutely Colin J. Humphreys is a distinguished scientist who was one of my husband's materials science lecturers at Oxford, which is why we acquired the book. I thought it was going to be one of those books where an arrogant scientist tells you either that none of the events in the Bible could have happened, or that they were all perfectly natural coincidences. I couldn't have been more wrong. Humphreys has made a detailed study over many years of the Exodus events. He concludes that there is absolutely no reason not to accept the historicity of any of the material in Exodus. A challenging but engaging read. Well worth investigating.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Roger Downey

    Great book about the Exodus Colin Humphreys takes you on a journey that is very familiar to anyone who has read the Old Testament account of Moses and the Israelites escape from Egypt. He makes a very strong case for Mount Sinai not being the traditional mountain but a volcano in Arabia. He does this by using the descriptions provided in the the books of Exodus and Numbers. A thoroughly enjoyable read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Reese Walling

    Fascinating journey through the book of Exodus looking at naturalistic explanations to many of the miraculous events, retracing the trek the Israelites took from Egypt to Sinai (a radically different and convincing route than what you find in the back of most Bible’s), and discovering where the real Mount Sinai is located (far from the Sinai peninsula).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sashya Clark

    Humphreys proves, succinctly, that faith and logic are not mutally exclusive. Loved the section about manna...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    An absolutely mind blowing collection of ideas; I truly think everything in this book is true or close to it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jill Lopez

    I actually really loved this book. It was informative. Exploratory. Written by a scientist who loves this research. It is dated, sure, but funny and accessible. Merged review: I actually really liked this book. I picked it up for a dollar at a book sale not knowing anything about it, but it was written by a scientist who is really passionate about this topic. See other account.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    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 style, giving the reader a chance to share h 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 style, giving the reader a chance to share his excitement in his discoveries. Have you heard the story that the Red Sea crossing really happened in a sort of muddy puddle? I remember learning that the ancient Hebrew texts read “Reed Sea” or lake rather than Red Sea, but Humphreys asks the rather obvious question, why was it ever mistranslated. After all, the Hebrews who wrote, read, and presumably believed “Reed Sea” are the self-same people, centuries before Christ, who translated their own words into Greek, rendering the Hebrew “Reed Sea” into “Red” in Greek. Is it more logical to assume they made a very English mis-translation, or that the two names referred to the same body of water, much as Netherlands and Holland both refer to the same country? Of course, if that’s the case, there should be part of the Red Sea that’s both red and reedy, and so he takes a trip… I loved the lively, enthusiastic text. I loved the rigorous but comfortably explained logic. I loved the sense of adventure as each step in the Exodus journey became something real and relatable, even the plagues of Egypt, even the smoke on the mountain. And I found myself in awe, rather like the disciples when Jesus calmed the waves, of a God who could so perfectly control nature. Of course, the alternative conclusion is that an awful lot of coincidences led to either the real events of the Exodus, or the imagined events being so scientifically plausible and verifiable. I like simple conclusions, and I view the author’s analysis as pointing to the actions of God. But the reader is never told what to believe. A true scientist, Professor Humphreys lets the evidence speak for itself and keeps his personal opinions out of the way. After reading this book, I can finally imagine a version of Exodus that makes sense. I’ve wanted for so many years to touch that column of fire and smoke. Now I know why I can’t, and the answer truly delights me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Frank Peters

    It may have been a subconscious bond between Physicists, but I loved the book. Humphreys managed to do multiple things in this book that I did not think possible. He made the book interesting and even exciting at times. He remained an attitude that was faithful to scripture, while also searching for explanations that were entirely scientific. Many of his arguments I believe are excellent and should be paid attention to. Some were unfortunately weaker, and ignored significant passages in the bibl It may have been a subconscious bond between Physicists, but I loved the book. Humphreys managed to do multiple things in this book that I did not think possible. He made the book interesting and even exciting at times. He remained an attitude that was faithful to scripture, while also searching for explanations that were entirely scientific. Many of his arguments I believe are excellent and should be paid attention to. Some were unfortunately weaker, and ignored significant passages in the bible. Thus, one really needs to conduct a critical read of the Exodus account in parallel to reading this book in order to see how well his arguments actually fit with scripture. It is unfortunate that he ignores some of the obvious problems, and at least passively pretends that they did not exist. For example, the bible talks about the pillar of cloud/fire lifting over the tabernacle as a sign that it was time for the Israelites to move to another camp, and leading them on. How this can fit with the cloud from a fixed volcano is a mystery to me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Claire A

    I think that Mr. Humphreys raises some very interesting and persuasive points and theories. Some details, as to the why of the burning bush, the location of Mr. Sinai, the significance of various words used in the Bible take on new meaning. In my opinion, he makes a very good argument. Whether Colin Humphreys is right or wrong, I do not know. But for sure, he makes the reader think about things we have always taken for granted. I would love to see them make a documentary of the book to be shown I think that Mr. Humphreys raises some very interesting and persuasive points and theories. Some details, as to the why of the burning bush, the location of Mr. Sinai, the significance of various words used in the Bible take on new meaning. In my opinion, he makes a very good argument. Whether Colin Humphreys is right or wrong, I do not know. But for sure, he makes the reader think about things we have always taken for granted. I would love to see them make a documentary of the book to be shown on the History Channel or National Geographic. At around the time of Easter and Passover, the program would probably gather a great audience!

  14. 4 out of 5

    David Ward

    The Miracles of Exodus: A Scientist’s Discovery of the Extrordinary Natural Causes of the Biblical Stories by Colin J. Humphreys (HarperOne 2003)(222.12). The author, an actual Cambridge scientist, applies the scientific methods of logic and deduction to the problem of explaining the miracles described in the Biblical book of Exodus. Though the author's logic often seems tortured, his explanations may be the most plausible ones ever posited. This book will be better received by the true believer The Miracles of Exodus: A Scientist’s Discovery of the Extrordinary Natural Causes of the Biblical Stories by Colin J. Humphreys (HarperOne 2003)(222.12). The author, an actual Cambridge scientist, applies the scientific methods of logic and deduction to the problem of explaining the miracles described in the Biblical book of Exodus. Though the author's logic often seems tortured, his explanations may be the most plausible ones ever posited. This book will be better received by the true believer than by the skeptic. My rating: 7.5/10, finished 2004.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Super interesting. I got on a kick to find scientific studies for the "miracles" in the bible (i.e. parting of the red sea, burning bush, etc). I picked up about 7 different books and this one was my fav. The author takes you step by step into Egypt and surrounding areas and descibes possible scientific reasons for the miracles. Super interesting. I got on a kick to find scientific studies for the "miracles" in the bible (i.e. parting of the red sea, burning bush, etc). I picked up about 7 different books and this one was my fav. The author takes you step by step into Egypt and surrounding areas and descibes possible scientific reasons for the miracles.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dmcconkey

    An interesting book written by an English Baptist layman, who is an engineer, that explores alternatives for the exodus. Seeks to show how the miracles are possible – but affirms the miraculous through the intensity and timing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Miya

    The detail and accuracy was great. I enjoyed the perspective of this book, and the resources that he stated. I wish more church people would research what they "believe." The detail and accuracy was great. I enjoyed the perspective of this book, and the resources that he stated. I wish more church people would research what they "believe."

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ayelet

    The arguments are convincing but I don't know enough about geology, etc. to question any of his arguments. The arguments are convincing but I don't know enough about geology, etc. to question any of his arguments.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    The author gives what he believes are the natural events that fit with the plagues of Eqypt, Moses, and the Israelites exit from Eqypt, the Red Sea Crossing, and where he places Mt. Sinai.

  20. 4 out of 5

    David N

  21. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

  22. 5 out of 5

    John Daniel

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mesu

  24. 4 out of 5

    Adilson

  25. 5 out of 5

    Isaac Hazard

  26. 4 out of 5

    Thk

  27. 5 out of 5

    FêCris Vasconcellos

  28. 5 out of 5

    Adam Hummel

  29. 4 out of 5

    David Dye

  30. 4 out of 5

    David Anderson

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