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Re: Canaan vs Levant vs Palestine
Although I'm somewhat of a Zionist, myself, I don't think that calling the geographical
area by any of its names (past or present) should be considered a slap in the face by
any person on the list. This is to be a list for discussion of the DSS, and I don't see
how calling the place by any of its previous names has any bearing on the purpose of
I'm not a professional archaeologist, but have studied and followed along on ANE
and other groups for years with much interest, mostly in lurker mode. This is one of
the times when I feel that academics sometimes seems to be filled with a lot of
people with chips on their shoulders. In such a situation, no one can learn. Either
one is too busy protecting their own chip, or the interested learners and contributors
can't hear the ideas from all the shouting.
I recall leaving Anthro-L a few years ago because the so-called professionals, at the
time, didn't know how to act professional. One could say that the ad-hominems
outnumbered the homosapiens. I hope that doesn't happen here.
So, let's strive for accuracy when we can, but let's leave the political correctness at the
academic door and allow some nonattribution of sorts.
Thanks, From one who might not be an expert in this field, but at least knows what
the DSS are (and they aren't an argument on what the land of Israel is called).