[b-hebrew] Robert Alter on Joseph

JimStinehart at aol.com JimStinehart at aol.com
Fri Jul 24 21:52:48 EDT 2009

Here is your own theory of the ages of people in the Patriarchal narratives:
“Is this history or not? If history, then this is evidence that for whatever

reason, people’s lives have been getting shorter.”
In the historical Bronze Age?  Karl, are you serious?  We have overwhelming 
historical evidence to the contrary.  You are saying that in the historical 
Bronze Age (after any Flood), there were people who lived to the age to 
which Abraham’s father Terakh is portrayed as living at Genesis 11: 31:  
namely, the age of 205 years (where, in your view, “years” means 12-month years)?
Are you serious about that, Karl?  And women did like Sarah is portrayed as 
doing, in your view, namely gave birth at age 90 years, in 12-month years?  
In the historical Bronze Age?
Karl, if that’s your belief, then we’ve got nothing more to discuss on 
this subject.  
Jim Stinehart
Evanston, Illinois

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