Re: Response to Everson Phoenician and why June 7?

From: Dean Snyder (
Date: Mon May 24 2004 - 07:55:25 CDT

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    Curtis Clark wrote at 9:02 PM on Saturday, May 22, 2004:

    >It's hard for me to believe that the world community of Semitic scholars
    >is so small or monolithic that there aren't differences of opinion among
    >them. I have been almost automatically suspicious of the posts by the
    >Semiticists opposed to encoding Phoenician; after thirty-four years in
    >academia (longer if I count that my father was a professor when I was a
    >youth), I have yet to see a field in which there were not differences of
    >opinion. Admittedly, all Semiticists might agree on the nature of
    >Phoenician (just as all chemists accept the periodic table), but the
    >fervor exhibited here makes me wonder what the issues *really* are. I am
    >used to seeing such fervor among academics only when there has been some
    >unstated agenda at work. And so I wonder, are we in this list reading
    >only one side of an internal squabble among Semiticists?

    Certainly not that I'm aware of. I am speaking my for myself.

    And I am not carrying on private discussions with anyone about this issue.


    Dean A. Snyder

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