Even though it’s been out for over a decade now, I enjoy Lennart Moeller’s book, The Exodus Case, more than ever. The book argues convincingly for an Exodus accurate to the Biblical account and verifiable by archaeology – with the main problem being that folks have simply been looking in the wrong places before.
I know TV producer Simcha Jacobovici, star of The Naked Archaeologist on History International, has proposed a more recent and trendy theory and is not in favor of Jabal al-Laws as the mountain of Moshe, but frankly Jacobovici’s record for being accurate is a bit shakey and nowhere nearly as deeply-founded in research as Moeller’s theory.
As we enter the part of the Torah cycle where we read once again through Exodus, I am reminded of again of Moeller’s book and just how well-done it actually was. It still stands, for me, as a standard by which to measure other books on the Exodus topic – even though it is the book of Sh’mot itself that is the final authority.
One thing’s for sure, Moshe and the children of Israel were not the beneficiaries of any modern travel deals in their flight from Egypt, although the provision of haShem certainly covered every eventuality.