At 12:27 PM, Friday, 11/1/02, Zion wrote:
The problem with the study of truly ancient languages and cultures is the lack of real records. A lot of this type of scholarship has to be based on supposition; personal bias will get in the way. I don't think that there is really any way around that. If a scholar starts from the supposition that the Bible is strictly a regional record - and most seem to - then it gets ignored.It seems to me that an honest scholar would just stick to writing things he can authenticate using the documentary record, or at least the archaeological record. In the absence of such records the author isn't just engaging in unfounded supposition, he is engaged in irresponsible guessing and wild speculation. That is, he is just making up the story. Such a book is fiction, not nonfiction.
John W. Redelfs [EMAIL PROTECTED]
"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no
music, no choreography and the dancers hit each other."
-- Jack Handy
All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
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