Queries & Comments
Scholars Aren’t Seeded Like Tennis Stars
I may not be able to respond to the editor’s despairing plea for help (“Help Me! I’m Desperate!” First Person, BAR 34:04), but I think I know why he finds it difficult to come up with scholars who will meet him “on the grounds of reason” on the subject of the James Ossuary inscription. In the editorial he claims to be a good judge of scholarly expertise; in which case he should know that scholars do not grade or seed their colleagues like tennis or soccer players, tend not to talk about “the world’s greatest” palaeographers, Aramaicists or whatever, and are not stunned into silence by appeal to those Shanks places “at the top of their field.”
The editor …

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