What do you do when you like neither scholarly position?

Why, you post a blurb and keep going. I don’t much care for either scholars pronouncements, finding them both wrong on more than a few things, it is of interest regardless to watch them go at it.

Ehrman pompously ignores my considerable analytical discussion, which was rooted in a wide-ranging, comparative literary classification and analysis of the Old Testament and ancient Near Eastern inscriptions. Apparently to him, the more than 40 years I have devoted to research in my study of the primary fields of Old Testament exegesis, ancient Near Eastern literature and ancient history—not least in regards to questions of historicity’leaves me unqualified and lacking the essential competence to address such questions because they also come to include a comparison of such an analysis with these same stereotypical literary tropes as they occur in the Gospels.

Read it here: http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/tho368005.shtml

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7 Replies to “What do you do when you like neither scholarly position?”

  1. I’m on a bit of an Ehrman bings currently, and finding that, as a non-specialist and non-academic I’m benefitting substantially from his popular level books. He’s a gifted imparter of information. The trade books all have very carefully and consciously controversial titles, in his view the more controversial the better for sales no doubt, but when you actually read them there’s about 5% controversy and 95% accepted scholarship. Take ‘Forged’ for example: controversial title, fairly bland contents. Wot, 2 Peter wasn’t written by the Apostle Peter? Well, Calvin said that 500 years ago. . .

    And his Did Jesus Exist? has really got up the noses of the Mythicist crowd, which is nice.

  2. I have not read Thompson’s book, but I don’t understand why he thinks that tracing NT messianology to ANE roots should imply something along mythicist lines. Wouldn’t a messiah be expected to fit (someone’s) messianic expectations? Why does it matter where those expectations ultimately come from? Am I missing something?

    I’m also put off by his referring to his own forty years of study of the issue. The amount of time spent studying something does not count when judging someone’s work. It’s the quality of the argument, and that alone, that counts.

  3. Well, Thompson himself invited me to read it several years ago, but I never got around to it. (I think I did look to see if any libraries in the area had it.)

    If I find time in the near future, I’ll read it and send you my thoughts (although I don’t want to spend much time on mythicism).

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