Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Battle of the Big Boys

Academic disagreements can get quite sharp at times. When important values are called into question, the discussion gets sharper. Here is a recent example of a clash between two heavy-weights in the archaeology of ancient Israel (Israel Finkelstein and William Dever) with a medium-weight thrown in (Aaron Burke). These scholars are big boys and do not necessarily pull their punches. (I actually think Dever is being very restrained in this exchange.) At the bottom of the page is the comments section where anonymous ignorati pretend that they are able to mix it up with the big boys.

Those who have seen some recent squabbling by some Latter-day Saints (who are feather-weights by comparison) over issues in biblical scholarship might be reminded that when it comes to biblical scholarship, there is seldom consensus. Appeals to consensus are merely a way of signaling to those in the know which side an individual is actually on.