Young and Rezetko’s whole discourse is oriented to the outcome, dictated from the start, that there is no historical linguistics of ancient Hebrew. This is a disingenuous procedure that makes for flawed philology.
By Ronald Hendel
Norma and Sam Dabby Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies
University of California, Berkeley
By Jan Joosten
Regius Professor of Hebrew
University of Oxford
It is unusual in academia to distribute an unpublished thirty-plus page review of a book online. This opens the gates to book review as trolling. Such is the case for most of the criticisms made by Ian Young and Robert Rezetko in their unpublished review of our recent book, How Old is the Hebrew Bible? A Linguistic, Textual, and Historical Study.
You said that they put an unpublished book review online, but actually I believe that putting a book review online is considered publishing it, even if it is free and no one peer-reviewed it. The second you put it online, it is published, so I don't know what you mean by the book review being unpublished. I am not trying to start an argument. I know that scholars are sticklers for details, so I am pointing this out as an interesting little detail. I know it is not the most important detail, but I thought it is interesting anyway.