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Re: orion on P. Davies on ostracon 1
> Philip belittled my interest in "favourite" inkwells. Is this an
> example of what he called for on orion last month: humility and tolerance?
> One could try to follow the sometimes-impressive rhetorical turns from PD,
> but I suspect that to do so would unnecessarily give our moderator more
Considering the way that Mr. Goranson consistently refers to any
alternative view as the "anything but Essenes" view, which is an
obviously derisive term designed to be a caricature, I don't think he
has any real business making this accusation toward Philip Davies...
A good example:
> The IEJ wording "no serious objection," I agree, was not
> ideal (though they indeed have a right to that view), yet, with further
> documentation of these hets, I would not be at all surprised that the issue
> will become moot. I speak only of those open to considering an Essene
> connection, not those with anything-but-Essene loyalties. An N-shaped het
> is not a new thing, though some react as if it were.
I would have to ask what this kind of cavalier write-off of any and
every non-Essene view contributes to the discussion. Perhaps some
examples of other N-shaped hets would be in order, or perhaps it
would be better to address Philip's description of the actual letters
and show, by the evidence, why it is wrong. I still have not seen
the photos myself, so I can't contribute anything in that direction
until after Monday when I can get my hands on the article. But I
would like to ask Mr. Goranson to please drop this question-begging
label, especially since it would be just as easy to label his view as
"Essenes-at-any-cost." Name-calling does not further the discussion.