The worth of a picture - The British Museum, Lakish, tzitzit and proof
Jim West has a fine gloating post claiming that the absense of tzitzit
in the images of Judeans in the Lakish siege panel in the British Museum "implies quite clearly" (which is not of course the same as the "proof" he has demanded vociferously from others ;) that the Pentateuchal regulations for these come "from many centuries after the fact
" and are "Hellenistic
Jim's remarks were stimulated by a post on James Crossley's blog, just titled "British Museum
" and asking the interesting question about the absense of these. (There is also a well-considered comment from Ken Ristau which Jim should read!)
For the record I see no connection between a panel dating probably to the early 7th century of a battle in the same period for claims of a Hellenistic dating for another text.
However Jim's post prompted me to look again at the British Museum site, it is much improved since my last visit! Well worth a look, the relevant section for this discussion is probably "Stone panel from the South-West Palace of Sennacherib (Room 36, no. 10)
" Good pictures, informative text and helpful suggestions of other goodies to explore - I'm going to add a virtual field trip to the BM to my next "Bible in an Electronic Context" class!