March 29th, 2005

From"Decoded" The arrival


I finished reading the second of two excellent books on Biblical Archeology by William Dever, who arrived at the University of Arizona at about the same time I did, in the mid 1970s. Dever is among the most sensible of contemporary archaeologists dealing in an area increasingly marred by politics and fads. The first book includes a savage and telling attack on postmodernism and deconstructionism, and I was amused - apparently so was he - that he used deconstructionist tools to deconstruct both--especially the 'biblical scholars' in his own field. Since, for me, deconstructionism is a tool and not yet another religion, I was delighted with his approach.Collapse )
It was pleasant to spend Easter Sunday with people who never heard of it.
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