Request for an apology from C Isbell

Peter Kirk Peter_Kirk at
Wed Mar 27 04:58:44 EST 2002

Charles, I accept that you did not state this as your own opinion. You
stated that it was what you had been told and had learned, and said
nothing to dissociate yourself from these views. Also some of the things
you mention were never said by Ian of me e.g. that I don't know any
grammar and so I could only take them as your own conclusions. For that
matter there are also things there which I never said of Ian; e.g. I do
not consider him 2000 years behind the times.

Perhaps we can settle this issue if you make a clear statement that
these are not your views either of me or of Ian.

Meanwhile I will not continue the thread you object to unless someone
brings up some significant new evidence or attacks what I have posted.

Peter Kirk

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Charles David Isbell [mailto:cisbell at]
> Sent: 27 March 2002 09:41
> To: Peter Kirk; Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Re: Request for an apology from C Isbell
> If I were guilty of "baseless slander," I would indeed apologize.
> read what I said, Peter.  "According to the postings of Ian and Peter
> about
> each other, we now have been told that, ..."  If you think that what
> follows
> is an improper characterization of the exchanges between Ian and you,
> me that.  But I am counting on your linguistic ability to help you
> that I have not offered an opinion of your abilities one way or the
> It is my opinion that Ian and you have reached a dead end.  It is my
> opinion, shared by others on list, that the TONE of your exchange has
> exceeded appropriate bounds of civility.  The moderators apparently do
> agree, so Ian and you are free to continue firing shots at each other,
> with
> no hope of any scholarly agreement that I can see.
> I have appreciated many of your comments here, Peter, and have agreed
> much of what you have said on numerous issues.  In this case, you have
> misread my comments.
> Regards,
> Charles

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