RE: [ANE-2] Psalms Formation: A Request
- [Victor Hurowitz has just this moment observed: "if anyone can offer
philological arguments for Davidic authorship of this or that Psalm, rather
than just relying on traditional statements, he or she should not be banned
from posting such arguments on ANE. There may not be such arguments, but if
there are why not discuss them?"
Indeed. Though not necessarily on ANE-2].
I too would prefer that a strictly biblical topic such as the authorship of
Psalms be discussed in more expressly biblical arenas, but having argued
myself years ago on ANE-1 that the Bible is a collection of ANE literature
and is therefore as appropriate to ANE as any other text from the period of
ANE's interest, and since this position was accepted and is in still place,
I would not advocating a ban on the Bible or a biblical question now. I
only wish that in the framework of ANE more attention would be paid to the
zillions of other relevant texts, and that the position of the Hebrew Bible
in the context of other writings be somehow reflected in the amount of time
spent discussing it. We can as easily discuss the attribution of $ar gimir
dadme to Kabti-ilani-Marduk or of Enuma Anu Enlil to Adapa or of Inu Anum
Sirum to Hammurabi as we can the attribution of Psalms to David and the
Pentateuch to Moses.