First, let me get into a little background before discussing the importance of this book. I was raised a Christian. I learned my bible history in a Christian grade school. I learned world history in history classes all the way through my master’s degree. I rarely saw much overlap. And part of that is because the history of the bible, at its youngest, is 2000 years old.
So I grew up and have lived most of my life with this divide in my head: there’s biblical history and there’s world history. Apart from historical cities and sites in the middle east, there’s a big disconnect. People are more and more seeing the bible as a curious collection of allegories and not legitimate history. But more and more science is pushing that pendulum back the other way.
I studied geology in college and was pretty good at it. I was very disappointed that the geologic layers didn’t reflect a world-wide flood. Geologists claimed that those layers reflected millions of years in their formation. That always felt a bit off to me but I wasn’t sure why.
How did all of those fossils get there? It’s a very rich testimony to the abundance of life in the distant past. But do we really believe all of those millions of animals died and just laid there, waiting to be covered by sediment? Ever see an A&E special on how long it takes scavengers to devour a dead animal, like a hippo? That carcass was COMPLETELY GONE within weeks, let alone before the rainy season flooded the area and covered that animal intact.
How did those animals get buried? Very fast! Like a flood. A huge world-wide deluge! Water came fast for 40 days and nights. From the time God shut the door on the ark to the day He said it was OK to come out was over a year. The entire world, covered by water, and the whole thing drained into a new configuration in that time. That’s serious water flow. It all happened in stages, which explains the layers too. And a lot of the world’s topography. For example the badlands look a lot like the area around Mt. St. Helens after it blew – just much bigger. Very fast erosion.
There are signs in this world that show us biblical history and world history are one in the same.
Enter Dr. Lennert Moller of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He leads the research in their Research Laboratory of Analytical Toxicology. He’s the author of The Exodus Case. From the back flap of the cover:
“His research focuses on drug development…environmental medicine, and methods to measure DNA damage and oxidative stress…Research projects cover from mechanistic studies of nano-particles to clinical studies on how food and medical treatment can affect our health.
(He) earlier studied marine biology, limnology, and chemistry at the universities of Stockholm and Uppsala. His interests involve photography, minerals, scuba diving, and archeology, which together with international scientific lecturing and collaborations, have brought him to more than 60 different countries….He has been editor and author of several books in popular science and theology…in seven different languages.”
You don’t accomplish what he has without good, solid scientific methods that yield accurate results. People around the world don’t buy your books and listen to your lectures unless you deliver what your resume’ says you should.
I found him while doing an internet search on the discovery of Pharaoh’s army (the Exodus guy) at the bottom of the Red Sea. I’d heard of it and wanted to get some solid information. I took a look at Moller, one of several names that popped up.
Guess what? He dove on the site and found them! Coral formations that grew around the chariots, people and animals. You can discern human and animal skeletons as well as chariot pieces. He’s got pictures in the book! And remember, he’s a doc, so he knows anatomy when he sees it.
Moller applied his considerable skills in scientific inquiry and a broad knowledge of different fields of science to a theory. Proposed – The book of Exodus is a literal account of a period in history.
Not allegory, not legend, not an amalgamation of tales borrowed from other cultures. The real deal with some good old Old Testament smiting, miracles, and desert wanderings. If events of the magnitude of Exodus really happened, there should be some evidence of it somewhere. You just need to apply good old scientific methods to lead you to the answer.
So, either he finds the goods and verifies the biblical account or he doesn’t or he finds contradictory evidence that disproves Exodus. When you think about it, that’s a pretty brave thing to do. A Christian lays his faith on the line and does a serious search, willing to let the chips fall where they may. Scary, say I. Because what if he’s wrong? Then what do you do with your beliefs? He took a leap of faith that the skills and intelligence God gave him will bear fruit, that he will find a connection between the bible and the world history as it lays before us.
And by the way, Pharaoh’s army? Not in the Red Sea. It’s in another body of water nearby. But we’ll save that for a coming installation of this book review.
Intrigued? The book is available on Amazon. I’d also recommend getting the two DVDs that Amazon will suggest you buy along with it. I got them and, I’m glad I did. The book is 400+ pages with tons of documentation, but VERY readable.
Maybe not sold yet? Well, I’m going to be giving you an overview of several of the most impressive sections in the next few posts, so stay tuned!