John on August 21, 2006 at 10:20 am
In her review of The Exodus Decoded, NY Times television writer Virginia Heffernan does her best to pour cold water on the central conceit of the program, i.e. the Exodus really happened. Having no evidence with which to counter what was offered in the program, she resorts to what all NY Times writers instinctively resort to. She offers the reader snarky one-liners in lieu of arguments.
At one point she suggest that filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici’s fascination with Biblical history is pathetic:
You might even feel sorry for him, as if he were one of those guys whose tender intellect has been sandbagged by notions about Atlantis or Area 51.
She does allow that he is “occasionally right” though, again, this is a wholly fact and specific free review. Where is he right and where is he wrong? Heffernan doesn’t want to bore us with details when a general aura of intellectual snarkiness will suffice. It’s enough for her to call it “baloney”, we don’t need to ask why.
I’m reminded of Plato’s dialogue between Socrates and Ion, reciter of Homer. Socrates demonstrates that Ion is a “reciter” who knows nothing about being a charioteer, doctor, carpenter, general — or any of the other topics he “recites” from Homer. In other words, Ion doesn’t really know what he’s talking about. When it comes to archaeology and Biblical history, neither does Virginia Heffernan.
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