On Bloggings and Book Sales
There has been a mini firestorm set off in the biblioblogosphere over Dr Jim West’s post on who not to cite. Among those not to be cited in academic papers, he states:
Anything Published by InterVarsity Press. Nothing really need be said here. When you open an InterVarsity publication you’ve opened the door to the dank and dark halls of fundamentalism. And fundamentalism just makes for very poor exegesis and theology.
While the issue is obviously his problems with fundamentalism in general rather than InterVaristy Press in particular (I personally see IVP as more Evangelical than fundamentalist), the post has generated responses from Mike Aubrey at εν εφέσω and Charles Halton at Awilum, the latter drawing a response from Dr Jim West. This maelstrom of activity is worthy of note, however, because it prompted Jim Spinti to offer a sale on the IVP’s Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture over at Eisenbrauns.
Now if we can just get the blogosphere riled enough to get Jim to offer a sale on the Handbook of Oriental Studies, Part One, I’d be a happy man.
Update (5/18): Christopher Heard has a three part series on the whole thing over at Higgaion. Good stuff. Also, I have to say the derision with which Jim West treats IVP is all the more odd considering his recommendation of Hendrickson Publishers (and dare I say Thompson’s footnote free works as well?). Me thinks he doth protest too much!