Re: The Calf of Exodus vs. the Calves of 1Kings 12
Such good questions!
"Now that the list is in your hands rather than Kim's, are
you actually going to promote debate and the presentation of
alternative views, or just jump on everything that doesn't
meet your personal position?"
I have been pondering exactly how to balance between
the two positions.
I feel a genuine responsibility to uphold a more
"critical" or "skeptical" approach to biblical history.
Afterall, this is the position I have taken consistently
for quite some time.
And yet, of course, I want this list to CONTINUE to be
a place of promoting debate.
My recent post, while not supportive of your position,
was actually LESS stinging than I can sometimes be.
For example, I DID say that your position was CONCEIVABLE.
But simply because I am moderating the list (mostly for
behavior issues), I don't want this to be a STRAIGHTJACKET
on my own views.
As you know, I **DO** have my own views.
One restriction I put on the list home page is that discussion
of UFO theories in connection with the bible are off-limits.
There are OTHER lists for UFO-in-history discussions.
And I've had some off-list correspondence about my reaction
to Velikovsky theories. In an important way, your question
has helped me arrive at the conclusion that Velikovsky theories
will NOT be banned from the list.
Richard, you and I go a long way back. And you represent
an important (shall we say) "caucus" of this list. You should
feel free to offer up your interpretations about biblical
And I **TOO** will feel free (as a member as well as a moderator)
of describing what I think are short-comings of your
I would not have accepted Kim's "promotion" of me if I thought
that being a moderator would force me NOT to offer my views
My competency as moderator should not be measured by whether
or not I have strong personal opinions, but whether I am fair
in settling disputes, and do not act arbitrarily in the pursuit
discovering "what was true" in the days before, during and
after biblical events.
I hope this post helps to clarify the "balancing act" that
I must face each day. And in the long run, I hope that
my responsibilities keep my tone and posts MORE compassionate
and understanding than when I was just a regular member.
- Hi Ethel! How's your studies going?
I haven't been doing much scholarly threads, but I do enjoy the
dialogues in abh.
James M. Rogers
--- In AncientBibleHistory@yahoogroups.com, ethel jean saltz
> Funny, I thought I'd just start getting the digests again and sayon
> nothing. My first reading and here I am:) BUT this post is right
> point for me. Now, can you give me the approx. dates ofthese "Persian
> times"? Do you mean Babylonian Exile around the 600's around thetime
> of Josiah? I get mixed up with the Babylonian Exile and PersianDeuteronomy
> Influence (as shown by the Esther Scroll). We're studying
> right as part of our religion now and it's my impression that thebible
> historiography as we know might have been collected and cementedat the
> time of Josiah. Actually Rabbis agree with this as an option butsome
> members don't like us talking this way. it's considered profane :)bible by
> That's why I'm interested in this group again :)
> BTW, I've got a lot of support about my interpretation of the
> scanning the Quran on the keywords "torah" or "scriptures". Sofor me
> the Abrahamic Faith as we know it is from c, 600 to 600. In casey'all
> think I'm being religious, I'm not. It's just a fact of life forO.T.
> hundreds of years that every sabbath the first five books of the
> are studied and discussed every which way in synagogues the worldover.
> Certain portions of the rest of the O.T. are assigned to thesescheduled
> sectional reading. The entire 5 books are studied every year forstop
> hundreds of years. Some of us discuss it historically, others
> hysterically. The hysterical ones usually have the $$$ so I just
> going. Hurts my brain. I'm glad I never unsubscribed to thisgroup,
> thanks to y'all.to do with
> > Message: 5
> > Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2004 23:00:02 -0500
> > From: "Dora Smith" <villandra@a...>
> > Subject: Re: Moderator Summary of Editorial Posture
> > Um, George ALWAYS jumps on everything, folks! It has nothing
> > his being moderator!If he were,
> > I haven't seen him suppressing alternate points of view yet.
> > we'd be formally required to think that the OT was written inPersian times.
> > Actually, it's real nice to have some of the old discussion back.
> Ethel Jean Saltz, be-emet oo-ve-ahavah oo-ve-shalom
> I will NOT submit, MMMMMR;) Jews Created God