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Ehrman v. Keener

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY4EWOf54pQ

Jaros is a frivolous, ineffectual moderator. No surprise.

I mostly listened to the Keener/Ehrman exchanges. Keener provided some useful pushback. Keener’s views are well to the left of mine but well to the right of Bart’s. 

The reason Ehrman generally dominates debates is because he’s so pushy and aggressive, while everyone else is too polite to respond with the same forcefulness. Verbally, Ehrman is like a bully standing on the subway platform, who elbows his way onto the subway. 

Ehrman uses the idiotic comparison with oral poetry. Of course oral poetry is fluid because the point is to flaunt the bard’s improvisational skills. That’s not remotely analogous to the historical narrative genre.