RE: [XTalk] Gerhardsson & Neusner
- At 03:48 PM 6/15/2002 -0400, David C. Hindley wrote:
>Bob Schacht muses:Oh, I don't know. Having all those irons in the fire could have assisted in
>...Keep in mind, though, that Smith had an A.B. (1936) from a
>Christian sponsored school, and had earned an S.T.B. (I
>don't know what that means, though) from Harvard Divinity
>School in 1940. He then studied in Jerusalem under two
>successive fellowships from 1940 to 1943, while at the same
>time enrolled at Hebrew University until 1944. While he
>earned his PhD from Hebrew University four years later in
>1948, he had meanwhile returned to Harvard for postgraduate
>work since 1944 or 1945. This is hardly an environment to be
>called "self instruction."
the process of evading any critical review of his work by anyone in a
position to do anything about it. Besides, Neusner was much closer to the
situation than we are, so one wonders.
> >>So Smith had a mentor in learning to be a "ferocious critic"?<<Yes, and one might hope that line of descent of ferocity ends there.
>As did Neusner in Smith. <g>
> >>I prefer Popper's avowed method (which I am told wasWe have not yet mentioned the other side of the coin: how the rapprochement
>honored mostly in the breach, unfortunately).<<
>Still, he managed to infuriate Wittgenstein to the point
>where he almost whacked him with that fireplace poker. <g>
came about between Gerhardsson & Neusner. According to the book, Neusner
went to Gerhardsson's turf for a conference, and Gerhardsson provided
hospitality to his erstwhile nemesis with such grace that Neusner began to
re-examine his previous assessment of Gerhardsson's work. This book was
apparently the fruit of that encounter.
"Consider the source" is not always a reliable guide. But sometimes when
other means are not available, or are equivocal, I have found it helpful.
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]