[b-hebrew] Pharaoh Khepera'a in Jeremiah 44:30
uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 19 17:39:58 EDT 2010
Opinions and impressions will vary.
Anyone interested in biblical historicity owes Kitchen
a great deal of gratitude for the tremendous collection of
extra-biblical sources he gathered in support of his
Skipping over his major contributions directly to
to the issue raised by George:
To my mind Kitchen's sharp attacks on various
minimalists are justified and very articulate. He
often responds directly to their quotes.
His comments on Thompson are prsented in six spefific
points discussed with detail in six pages (pp 450 -458).
His critique of Lemche is as detailed in
four pages (pp 458 - 462). And so forth. Obviously
he does not dismiss opinions he rejects with just a couple
True, his style is lively. I for one find the lack
of pomposity refreshing.
And yes, every work of scholarship deserves a cautious
approach. But criticsm should involve refutation of the
arguments of scholarly oponents, exactly as our author
Uri Hurwitz Wilmington VT
A slight aside to advise some caution about Kitchen's book mentioned by Uri. Much of what Kitchen writes in attacking the minimalist position is characterised more by vitriol than logical reasoning. I get the impression that he does not fully understand the minimalist position. I myself am not a minimalist (though, annoyingly, I'm often mistaken for one), but I find Kitchen's approach quite unscholarly at times, producing more 'heat' than 'light'.
My subjective 2 cents...
Moore Theological College (Sydney, Australia)
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