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The Miracles of Exodus
A Scientist's Discovery of the Extraordinary Natural Causes of the Biblical Stories
By C. J. Humphreys
HarperOne, (2004), 368 pages
ISBN-10: 0060582731
ISBN-13: 978-0060582739

Reviewed by Israel Drazin - February 9, 2010

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.


Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of seventeen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides. The Orthodox Union (OU) and Yeshiva University publish weekly chapters of Drazin and Wagner's book Let's Study Onkelos on www.ou.org/torah and on www.yutorah@yutorah.org. His website is http://booksnthoughts.com.

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