[b-hebrew] Improving the quality of the content on this list!
garthgrenache at hotmail.com
Tue May 18 08:37:45 EDT 2010
See folks: that's what I'm talking about.
This guy thinks I'm the one building a castle in the clouds, while he is down-to-earth, insisting that if I don't believe that Hebrew was once made up only of CV units, then I'm on the wrong track and he and Karl won't believe me. Who cares if two people with unscholarly, kooky ideas -who somehow end up agreeing with each other- believe me?!
Sensible scholars do take note of what I say, and affirm that it is valuable.
I didn't build a castle on the clouds: scholars have known and dwelt in these castles for a long time, and find that they have sturdy walls: predictions made in this castle are proven accurate. No, I think this castle is not in the clouds, it's on earth.
As for you and you bosom buddy, what will we hear from you next? That Sodom and Gomorrah's sin was not sodomy? Go and agree with each other somewhere else, and stop interfering in sensible discussions!
> Coming from the King of insisting that theoretical models are a good
> foundation to build a theory on. Do you remember that email about building a
> castle on the clouds? Your castle might be good and sturdy but with the
> clouds as its foundation it is destined to fall. You don't have any pearls
> worth sharing Garth. You just have this could be a nice pearl worth sharing
> if x based on y based on z are true. Interesting to listen to but not very
> James Christian
> On 18 May 2010 08:19, Garth Grenache <garthgrenache at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > Amen to all of that, Yitzhak!
> > Too much of that unscholarly garbage fills this list.
> > At times I find the garbage dominates.
> > It really puts me off sharing pearls on this list.
> > Garth.
> > > Additionally, [moderators ought rather to cut off] threads and posts
> > > criticizing comparative linguistics as inappropriate
> > > to the understanding of Hebrew, whether entirely or just by degree ("too
> > much
> > > use"). It is one thing to have a discussion of Biblical Hebrew on the
> > basis of
> > > standard linguistics, but it is another thing when every little
> > > concept in modern
> > > linguistics has to be re-established in long threads. Those who don't
> > accept
> > > Modern Linguistics don't have to accept them, but this list is not the
> > place to
> > > debate the underlying concepts, or to intervene in every thread that
> > makes use
> > > of such concepts to say they don't agree.
> > >
> > > Additional topics could include:
> > >
> > > * That Biblical Hebrew was a CV language.
> > > * That vowels in Hebrew are really pronouns interspaced between the
> > roots.
> > > * That reference to eminent scholars' views is faulty argumentation
> > simply
> > > because the author avoids going to the library and dislikes the idea that
> > he
> > > can't fully look up the quoted view without going to the library.
> > > * That someone on the list doesn't know Hebrew, even if he is a
> > recognized
> > > scholar of Biblical Hebrew, and even if he is just a guy trying to grasp
> > a hold
> > > of the standard grammars. This comes especially when it is voiced by
> > those
> > > who failed to master the Hebrew grammar and vocalization and believe that
> > > rereading the Hebrew Bible a few dozen times without vocalization while
> > it is
> > > printed in "authentic" Old Hebrew font has given them a superior grasp of
> > > Hebrew compared to others on the list.
> > >
> > > Yitzhak Sapir
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