11. To Refer or Not to Refer: That is the Question
Peter Machinist [+]
PM provides extensive discussions of four, well-known cases of textual referencing that involve connections between biblical texts or expressions and literary and linguistic phenomena outside the Bible in Canaanite and Mesopotamian literary materials. His chapter focuses on developing criteria that enable scholars to respond to the following question: How do we know that we such references and, when connections can be established, that the references are deliberate?