George Athas gathas at hotkey.net.au
Tue Jun 4 10:10:36 EDT 2002

Dear B-Hebrew Members,

This discussion about the historicity of the Jephtah narrative has gone on far too long. Please
exercise some vigilance and restraint. I'm sure you all realise that the discussion has crossed
beyond the boundaries permitted on B-Hebrew many times. As such, I'm calling an end to the thread.
Please desist from replying to any of the new messages, or from trying to have the last say.

Those who wish to continue the discussion, might do so on one of the other forums more appropriate
to the content.

Let's move on to B-Hebrew.

Thank you all for your understanding and co-operation

Best regards,

(B-Hebrew Chair Staff)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ian Hutchesson" <mc2499 at mclink.it>
To: "Biblical Hebrew" <b-hebrew at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, June 05, 2002 12:02 AM
Subject: Re: The daughter of Jeftah died?

| >But who is the author of the works of Herodotus, when did he or she
| >live, where did he or she live? What was the process by which he or she
| >wrote these (hi)stories?
| >
| >OK, we have a name and perhaps a few autobiographical details - though
| >many of the events recorded date back long before the time of this
| >putative individual.
| So there is no means of treating that data in itself as
| historical. It can only be treated as historical when
| there is some overlap with other usable material, for
| example archaeological.
| It is the period in which the author is witness that
| historical material comes from Herodotus.
| >But we have names and biographies in the books of
| >Joshua and Samuel though not in Judges.
| The question "who" is not so much for a name per se. The
| author of 2 Maccabees remains unnamed, but the text gels
| with other literary and archaeological material for the
| period it deals with. (This doesn't mean that it is taken
| on face value though.)
| >What makes Herodotus different
| >and more historical than any of these?
| The text's relationship with historically verifiable events.
| >PS We should not easily confuse the author of Judges with the
| >post-exilic editor who added a few comments about the fate of the tribe
| >of Dan.
| How can you make a non-arbitrary separation?
| Ian
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