"He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years."
The 40-year-long journey of Moses and the Israelites from Egypt to the land of promise continues to fascinate movie makers. From Cecil B. DeMille's 1923 silent film "The Ten Commandments" to the more recent "Exodus: Gods and Kings", the story of the Exodus never fails to excite our imagination. Even so, there are Bible scholars out there who are saying the Exodus never really happened. Some even insist that the Israelites never set foot in ancient Egypt.
Archaeologists have shown, however, that the biblical account is historically accurate. And satellite image analyst George Stephens even claims that the route of the Exodus can still be seen today through the use of infrared technology.
According to the book The Stones Cry Out, Stephens studied SPOT satellite imagery of Egypt, the Gulf of Suez, the Gulf of Aqaba and portions of Saudi Arabia. On the images, taken at an altitude of 530 miles, he claims he saw evidence of ancient tracks made by "a massive number of people" leading from the Nile Delta that eventually wound up in the Sinai peninsula. He said he even saw traces of "very large campsites" along the trail.
While it is impossible, of course, to know if these tracks were made by the Israelites during the Exodus of Moses' time, the satellite images do demonstrate that large numbers of people could make long journeys through that inhospitable region and on the same route taken by the Israelites.
Notes: Larry Williams, The Mountain of Moses (Wynwood Press, 1990) "Epilogue" as cited in The Stones Cry Out, Randall Price (Harvest House Publishers, 1997), pp. 136-137.
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