[b-hebrew] daughters jacob never spoke of

Harold Holmyard hholmyard at ont.com
Thu Jun 22 22:36:52 EDT 2006

Dear Brak,

>The reason I joined this list was to engage in scholarly conversations 
>about textual analysis, not get into theological discussions.
>But I return to my initial line of thought. Is this area of discussion 
>proper for this forum?
>I was under the impression that the forum was to discuss variants 
>between manuscripts, q/k issues, parsing of words and translation.
>This thread to me has been basically about doctrine, dogma, creed, and 
>So am I incorrect and this forum is open to theological debating, or is 
>it as I originally thought - an area for textual analysis and research.
HH: Here is some relevant material from the web site:

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its study, the culture of the Ancient Near East, the literary analysis 
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HH: I see nothing here that would prevent any of us from saying any of 
the things we have said. Rather, I think this material encourages us to 
say the kinds of things we have said.

Harold Holmyard

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