April DeConick has waded into the debate over historical criticism and ‘postmodern’ approaches. It’s an unfortunate post, not merely because April has no idea what ‘postmodern’ means, but she rolls out the moth-eaten arguments that historical criticism is scientific, objective and rational. It reinforces the impressions historians and literary critics get when they ponder that form of biblical criticism: it is locked into outmoded assumptions at home in antediluvian institutions.

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