[b-hebrew] Hebron: The Linguistic Search for the Patriarchs' Bronze Age "Hebron"

George Athas George.Athas at moore.edu.au
Sun Oct 12 23:14:54 EDT 2008


I have only bothered reading the first part of your very long response, so I'm only responding to that.

You have completely misunderstood my argument. I am not arguing that there was a Hebron before there was a Hebron. I am not arguing that there was a Hebron before the Iron Age. What I am arguing is that when the text uses "Hebron" it means "Hebron". Nothing more, nothing less. When Hebron came about is not of prime interest to me. When the author uses "Hebron", I think he means "Hebron". To me, that also probably indicates that the text is most likely to be late, when people were familiar with "Hebron".

Once again, your argument seems to be of the type: "It looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, feels like a duck, so it must be a 40-ton truck, because 'duck' and 'truck' both end in 'uck'." It's just not reasonable. I can think of many other words that end in -uck, but I don't think they are germane to the discussion.

Sorry to be so forthright, but your theories really are spectacularly wild and singularly unconvincing. If you were to put them into a thesis, I doubt that a serious institution would consider them.

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