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orion re: minimalism

For Ms. Leerner's benefit I will restate my earlier (now abandoned) thesis:
1- the OT was composed originally in Greek
2- The function of the Qumran center was to translate these documents and
make them widely available to the Hebrew and Aramaic inhabitants of the land.

What this has to do with minimalism I fail to see.

What place a discussion of my so called "minimalist" leanings would have on
Orion I likewise fail to see.

Thus, my statement of non-participation in a discussion of minimalism on
Orion seemed quite proper.  But if Avital wishes it, I will gladly carry on
such a discussion.  The implication that I am trying to avoid stating my
views or defending them is kind of silly given my complete openness on this
and other issues on this and other lists (as those who know me know well).



Jim West
Adjunct Professor of Bible
Quartz Hill School of Theology