BAR 2:02, Jun 1976
Danaans and DanitesWere the Hebrews Greek?
Cyrus Gordonthe brilliant, maverick scholarhas spent a significant part of his professional life searching for connections between the early Greeks and Hebrews. His most popular effort in this area is a book entitled The Common Background of Greek and Hebrew Civilizations (New York: Norton, 1966).
Long a professor at Brandeis University, Gordon now teaches at New York University. Although he is regarded as a leading Ugaritic scholar (he wrote the basic Ugaritic textbook), some of his other work is sometimes seen as tenuous, speculative and often wrong.
In a new book entitled Bronze Age CivilizationThe Philistines and the Danitesa, a disciple of GordonsGordon wrote the forewordcarries on the effort to find connections between the Hebrews and the Greeks.