舊年出咗本新書, 係Marty Alan Michelson的Reconciling Violence and Kingship: A Study of Judges and 1 Samuel, 由知名出版社推出, 呢本書係作者以佢喺名校University of Manchester完成o既博士論文為藍本寫成. 睇牌面, 應該有充足的信心保證.
但係好搞笑, 剛才喺Society of Biblical Literature見到有一篇書評, 由Andover Newton Theological School的Gregory Mobley寫, 佢對呢本書鬧到一文不值, 直指本書根本就唔合格, 不值得出版, 亦不值得俾個博士學位呢篇論文, 措辭既嚴厲, 又搞笑, 比我把口更毒.
I took no pleasure in reading this book, nor do I take any in cataloguing its flaws. The title itself with its initial, indecisive participle hamstrings progress toward coherence. (Note: all italics below are mine.) The publication history page, with its reference to the “british Library” damages the credibility before we even reach page i. There is frequent subject-verb disagreement (“The speech-complex … point out to us,” 114; “But none of the characters are named for us,” 199). There is careless editing (“If we had not been told enough that is [it?] had been night,” 97, “Mark Brettler,” 151 n. 101). There is clumsy sentence construction (“Since the woman [in Judg 19] leaves the Levite ‘not in order to live with another man in either a marital or sexual sense, as we might expect if sexual fidelity was the issue’ but rather returns to her father’s house in Bethlehem it is odd,” 86), inanely repetitive diction (“This [i.e., ‘king’] is a new title for our narrative for the tribes of Israel,” 114; “focal attention,” 113, and “narrative story,” 118)... These lapses render the book virtually unreadable.
Howtindog 已久未寫 blog, 但有時亦想有個地方把未成熟到足以製作成影片的想法先作個記錄.