Yes, sir, I agree with you; you do inveigh—a lot—causing me, on occasion, to consider cancellation. However, when you come forth with “Of Curiosities and Relics” (First Person, BAR 33:05) and the fascinating and very informative Dead Sea Scroll features (BAR 33:03, 33:04, 33:05), all is forgiven!
Delight in the Past
Please keep on “inveighing”! All scholars and “experts” need that little needling voice to keep them humble (if that is possible). I wonder if those who describe ancient objects as mere “curiosities” or “relics” have ever been delighted to keep for their children a great-grandmother’s crystal bowl or a great-grandfather’s filleting knife. I own my great-great-grandmother’s soup bowls from England. I don’t consider them mere curiosities but a connection with the past.