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I came to a different conclusion. He seemed to play middle man in IMHO. Maybe I misundestood him, but in the sections that he would present an argument from an 'Early Date' defender( e.g. quoted Ken Gentry a few times), he would then follow up with an from a 'Late Date' defender(e.g. Hendriksen, Fowler, etc.). He seemed to play the fence,though in my view he seemed to favor the late date in those sections. Perhaps I was reading too much into the rebutalls to the early data.


Your assessment is correct. I stand corrected. Thank you. Reymond did play the middle man. The point I should have made was that he gave an extremely fair and thorough treatment of the early dating argument, which I thought was very persuasive indeed (to put it mildly). It was not that "he" argued for an early date, which is what I said, but rather the facts he presented, in my estimation, argued for an early date. I could have made this more clear. Then his conclusion, as you say, was pulled out of hat as it were.