Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Authors: Scott Alan Roberts and John Richard Ward
Publisher: New Page Books
“As for Moses, you have been presented two equally illustrative pictures of who we think the man might have been. We are not satisfied simply casting him off as a cultural legend that has been turned in to a religious myth. We know the man exists, and yet we have drawn different conclusions based on our different paths and directions of study,” Scott Alan Roberts and John Richard Ward write in their book, The Exodus Reality.
At two hundred and eighty-six pages, this paperback book is targeted to those who want to know if the Biblical Moses was real or fictional based on history. With a foreword by Father Jack Ashcraft, prefaces by both authors, an authors’ note, and introduction, there are twelve chapters followed by a conclusion, two appendixes, notes, bibliography, index, and authors’ biographies. There are a few colored and black and white photographs depicted in every chapter. Hard to read lightly highlighted fonts in the chapters are mentioned in the notes and there is no reference on which version is used of the Holy Bible.
This book is a summary of two men’s concepts of Moses, based on research, findings, and theories written, displayed, or produced throughout years of history. While Roberts’s thread follows Senenmut, a son of Egyptian Pharaoh’s daughter, Hatshepsur of Thutmoses I, by collecting information during Moses’s birth, Ward weaves his thread at the flooded unfounded city of Thebes in regard to Amenhotep, son of Hapu, leading survivors out of Egypt.
As each chapter goes back and forth of the Senenmut and Hapu theories, readers slowly learn why the writers each found a different man that could be Moses. With some topics going off-track regarding the Ark of the Covenant and Solomon’s Temple, most is circumstantial evidence of two men living less than one hundred years apart.
With both authors stating they are Christian believers, they discuss how seeking fact over faith in reading the Bible can refortify their belief in it. With no actual Moses mentioned so far in history, they have made it their quest, resulting in two opposing viewpoints.
Even though the photographs often focus on either author (especially Ward’s use of his umbrella as a pointer), the book stimulates readers to consider that the Biblical Moses was indeed an historical person who was raised by a Pharaoh, lead his people out of Egypt, wandered the desert for forty years, and met God on Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments.
This book was furnished by Warwick Associates in lieu of an unbiased review.