Alex Joffe Responds to Thomas Thompson

Over at Bible and Interpretation.  Do give it a read. It’s titled How to Chase a White Whale: A Response to “Biblical Archaeology: The Hydra of Palestine’s History.”

Joffe writes in part

But what bothers Thompson of course is that the Bible is, for some, scripture, and Jewish scripture at that. There has always been a self-evident quality to his biblical antipathy. There is simply too much, well, Jewish stuff, in there, that connects, for better or worse, the past and present. His entire oeuvre has been a concerted effort to sever the Bible from the Jews and their Iron Age ancestors. This forces special pleading and head standing; hence such odd statements as “there is in Israel today, no political room for a post 722 BCE Israel.”

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