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Seller: ancientgifts (4,385) 100% Top-Rated Plus, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122212661295 Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! The Miracles of Exodus: A Scientist's Discovery of the Extraordinary Natural Causes of the Biblical Stories by Colin J. Humphreys. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 362 pages. Publisher: Harper San Francisco; (2004). Colin Humphreys, a world-renowned Cambridge University scientist, reveals for the first time the concrete, scientific truth behind the Exodus miracles. The Burning Bush: caused by a volcanic vent that opened up under the bush. Crossing the Red Sea: the water was pushed back by a very strong wind blowing all night. This is a known physical phenomenon called wind set-down. The details given in the Bible mean we can pinpoint where the Red Sea crossing occurred. Drowning Pharaoh's Army: when the very strong wind suddenly stopped blowing, the water rushed back in the form of a rapidly returning "bore" wave, sweeping Pharaoh's army into the sea. Mount Sinai: The real Mount Sinai is in present-day Saudi Arabia, not the Sinai Desert as is generally assumed. CONDITION: NEW. New oversized softcover. Harper (2004) 368 pages. Inside the pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Outside book is unblemished, unmarked, pristine in every respect EXCEPT that there is a black remainder mark (a line drawn with a black marker) to the bottom edge of the closed page edges indicating that the book is unsold surplus inventory (not visible of course on individual opened pages, only to the mass of closed page edges). ALSO the book evidences mild edge and corner shelfwear, principally in the form of a mild bump to the upper open corner, likely the consequence of the book being bumped against a bookshelf whilst carelessly reshelved. So there's a very tiny bump to the front cover upper corner, and inside the pages have a tiny bump at the open upper corner as well. Condition is entirely consistent with new stock from a bookstore environment wherein new (albeit "remaindered") books might show minor signs of shelfwear, consequence of simply being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1683.1c. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Colin Humpreys is a renowned Cambridge University physicist who has received considerable publicity for his ideas and research, which span many fields from computer chips to micro-printing, eternal light bulbs, and computer chips in the brain. His passion for more than 20 years has been examining the Bible in the light of science, and he is expert not only in physics but chemistry, astronomy, and geology. He is president of the Institute of Materials and Goldsmiths' Professor of Materials Science and head of the Rolls Royce University Technology Centre at Cambridge University, and chair of Christians in Science for the United Kingdom. He was recently honored by the Queen with the title of Commander, Order of the British Empire, for services to science research and communication. Humphreys is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials. He has been awarded an Honorary D.Sc. by the University of Leicester. He has been president of the Physics section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published over 400 scientific papers and given plenary lectures at major international conferences throughout the world. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Reconstructions of biblical events by modern investigators are nothing new, but Humphreys's analysis of the Exodus reflects an unusual combination of homework, legwork and creativity. Humphreys, a materials scientist at Cambridge University, is a self-confessed amateur in the fields of archeology and biblical studies. But he emerges as the best sort of amateur, whose enthusiasm for his subject and joy in puzzle solving have a contagious appeal in spite of occasional quirkiness. As an outsider asking pesky but often astute questions, Humphreys will remind some readers of a certain physicist portrayed in Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Like Feynman, Humphreys shows an ability to sidestep scholarly assumptions by checking facts. Humphreys runs numbers, consults disused geological charts and old explorers' memoirs, and investigates sites on foot, unearthing fragmentary but wide-ranging evidence. The book's title is somewhat misleading since Humphreys's goal is to reconstruct the whole Exodus narrative and in particular, to retrace the likeliest route of travel and identify the correct location of Mount Sinai rather than to focus on the miracles themselves. Still, Humphreys rises to a self-imposed challenge to account for the Exodus miracles in terms of natural events (some more feasible than others) that become miraculous in light of their timing and significance for the escaping Hebrews. Although many of his hypotheses have been published before, Humphreys' refinements of detail and especially his comprehensive retracing of the Exodus route will invite curiosity, debate and perhaps some new ways of approaching the Exodus story in historical terms. REVIEW: Manna from heaven? A plague of toads? A Red Sea parted? Miracle, schmiracle. Let science explain. Weird things were afoot back in Egypt land 3,000 years ago. Once old Moses got it into his head to lead the people of Israel out of captivity and into the Promised Land, bushes began to burn, rocks to speak, rivers to dry up, and such like. You can read all about it in the book of Exodus, which Cambridge University physicist and biblical hobbyist Humphreys has apparently been doing lo these many years with a literalist's eye; that of a skeptical scientist, however, not a fundamentalist. If the Bible says that the river Nile ran blood red once God got irritated with an intransigent pharaoh, Humphreys is inclined to take that as, beg pardon, gospel. But, he explains, the river did so because it had filled with dinoflagellates, toxic fish-killing protozoa. The dead fish forced frogs to flee the river, yielding the second of the plagues of Exodus; all those dead critters produced gnats, flies, and dead cattle. The flies brought with them infectious diseases that yielded boils; an exceptionally severe hailstorm brought locusts, which deposited feces on wet stores of grain and killed off the firstborn of Egypt, and just about everyone else, too. Et voila: the plagues suddenly make sense as a connected natural sequence, just as Mount Sinai turns out to have been a Saudi Arabian volcano, the parting of the Red Sea the result of a particularly sharp offshore breeze. Explaining such phenomena, Humphreys takes a schoolmasterish tone ("concerning the ability of ancient peoples to go on long walks and marches, I would like to make a short digression to comment on the health and fitness of ancient populations because there seems to be a quite widespread belief that three thousand years ago people were riddled with disease and were unfit and unhealthy") that readers will find either pleasantly meandering or maddeningly roundabout; but just about always to the point. Biblical history buffs will likely enjoy Humphreys's exodian excursions, even if his conclusions do tend to steal some of God's thunder. REVIEW: Humphreys, a Cambridge University physicist, takes a look at the story of the Exodus through the prism of science. Using ancient maps and employing such disciplines as geology, astronomy, and agriculture, he attempts to ground the stories in Exodus in the natural world, even to the point of positing a precise location for Mt. Sinai. It's not on the Sinai Peninsula, as many scholars assume, but instead, it's an active volcano in Arabia, Mt. Bedr. Although the complexity of some of the techniques he employs (and the scrutiny with which he examines the most minute details) may prove taxing for some general readers, most of the time the narrative is nicely paced and thoroughly intriguing. Certainly, Humphreys' enthusiasm is infectious. When he explains, for instance, the scientific reasons for the Ten Plagues and how the plagues are linked through science, readers will be carried along on the excitement of discovery. There are, of course, other books that offer theories about the Exodus, but this one deserves a place in the forefront. REVIEW: Humphreys (Cambridge University) has produced a fascinating, highly readable series of scientific explanations for the miracles described in the stories of ancient Israel's Exodus and wanderings in the desert. For example, he attributes the stopped flow of water in the Jordan (Joshua 3:15-16) to an earthquake-induced landslide and the burning bush to a volcanic vent opened underneath the bush. He supports his conclusions by consulting with biblical scholars and historical and scientific research. In a central point, that the traditional site identified as Mt. Sinai is wrong, he asserts that accounts of what happened on the mountain points to a volcano but that there is none on the Sinai Peninsula. He posits that Mt. Bedr, in Saudi Arabia, is really Mt. Sinai. He concludes that miracles are incidents of extraordinary timing, which can therefore still be called miracles. Though controversial, his work is carefully researched and cogently argued. The subject matter will attract many readers. REVIEW: To the Biblical text Humphreys brings old maps, the latest science, and a new explanation of the whereabouts of Mount Sinai. Simply fascinating and extremely readable. A strikingly novel interpretation of the Exodus story that will interest many students of the Bible. This book will re-open the question of what happened when the Hebrews left Egypt for the Promised Land. Carefully researched and cogently argued. Highly recommended. REVIEW: Humphreys uses his scientific approach to propose a striking novel interpretation of the Exodus. He writes in a style that combines clarity with something of the excitement of a detective story. A simply fascinating, and extremely readable, study of the Israelites in Egypt and on the desert way to Sinai. Humphreys uses all the tools of science to solve one of the great mysteries of all time. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Love biblical archaeology? Then pick this book up. Usually I'm skeptical on reading books that "solve" history problems, but the book was on sale, and I needed something to read. Now I can't stop reading it. Far from being written like a textbook (god knows I have enough of those to deal with), this is much more light. It's in the format of a story, with you and the author as the detective. He poses the questions to you, as the reader, to come up with your own conclusions. I'm still not finished reading it, but I don't anticipate this book losing what I like best about it, the historical accuracy. In books like these, most authors will only show there view. Occasionally, for good measure, they'll stick in a comment from the opposing side (and usually in the process will belittle that person). That's not the case here. The author actually made sure every step of the way his information was actually correct, and established that with assorted individuals with great credentials. Not only that, but he poses all plausible scenarios, with pros and cons for each. I might also add he's getting things right. I just took a few classes that can coincide with it, from some very conservative professors (not a bad thing for historians). I'm almost positive that if I handed them this book, they'd agree. Try doing that with a Graham Hancock book- you won't get far. This book doesn't rewrite history, it simply provides an argument on some of the greatest mysteries surrounding the Exodus. Where was Mount Sinai? What routes did the Israelites take? He uses different types of sciences (archaeology, geology, etc) to answer these questions, as well as linguistics and general history. If you're concerned about the religious context, it can be taken either way. I'm not religious, but I love biblical archaeology. For those of you who are religious, fear not- the author states in the beginning of the book that far from disproving anything, he proves that the events of the Exodus were even more miraculous. I would recommend this book to any history buff, whether professional or not. Even if you only have a slight interest in the topic matter, I'm sure this book will keep you reading. REVIEW: Colin Humphreys, a Cambridge University Physicist, has produced a complete and coherent natural/scientific explanation of the 'miracles' of Exodus that deserves to be widely read and seriously considered, whether or not one agrees with 100% of his arguments or inferences. It is, in fact, the author's intention to stimulate discussion of the historicity of the written story of Exodus using scientific and rational arguments. His identification of the locations of Mt. Sinai and the 'Re(e)d Sea' crossing, and his explanation for how the crossing occurred, are by far the most interesting parts of the book and these chapters alone make the entire book worth reading. The book is written in an entertaining style so that one is immediately caught up in the author's personal detective story concerning other Exodus mysteries such as how the plagues occurred and in the sequence they did, or the route taken by the Israelites out of Egypt, as well as more minor yet fascinating issues such as how the burning bush burned without being consumed, how Pharaoh entrapped the host, why Pharaoh didn't further pursue the host, or even really minor yet still fascinating questions such as how bitter water was made sweet, or how the feast of quails occurred and what the heck is 'manna' anyway and why did it dissolve in the sun? The book is a cornucopia of interesting information and insights. His explanations of the events in the Exodus story draw upon a variety of scientific disciplines and historical sources. He employs sound logical inferences in making his arguments concerning the plagues, routes, events and site locations involved in the story, and even his speculations are not so wild as to be discarded out of hand. Importantly, he clearly distinguishes between the scientific facts presented and his own interpretations and inferences, including the degree to which he feels he is "strectching". The book is thus a serious attempt to provide valid answers to the many perplexing issues of this most famous story. Yes, he is a Christian, and yes he does believe in the authenticity of the Old Testament, but on the latter point he is far from being alone, even among agnostics, since more and more research (particularly archaeological) has shown that the Old Testament is a remarkably accurate "family history" that deals mostly with actual events recorded factually. There is neither Christian proselytizing nor alien wackiness in this book, just a serious yet entertainingly written and truly fascinating thesis that is complete, coherent (perhaps occasionally 'stretched') but extremely engaging read. I recommend it highly. REVIEW: I am currently taking a class on the Old Testament. In searching for supplemental reading on the Book of Exodus, I happened on this book and am very pleased that I took the time to read it. I was enthralled to see where common sense and logic led this author. He politely sets a hypothesis and then provides evidence to either come to his conclusion or to conclude that more evidence is needed. His systematic questioning leads to further questions in my mind. I know that there are always those individuals who feel that all of biblical history is factual as presented. Mr. Humphrey's writing will make the reader begin to question held assumptions. This is a very enjoyable read with well constructed chapters. The maps in the book are very useful. I am very glad to have found this valuable book that will make you nod or shake your head. REVIEW: This is the kind of book I'd normally scan for a few main items of interest. Instead, I found myself reading every word and I couldn't read anything else until I had finished the book. I found the author's relatively unsophisticated and non-technical writing style to be a big plus. Humphreys, a man of obviously prodigious talents in several fields, writes in an easily understandable manner. I really liked the transparently human quality reflected in his excitement in finding potential solutions to this amazing puzzle. Unlike a lot of writing by academicians, it reflects a genuine person with a real life, emotions, and curiosity. In sum, it's a truly fascinating read that radically brings to life the Exodus event; and it should spawn considerable discussion and debate for years to come. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. 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