Which part is Cecil's reply and which part is C K Dexter Haven's?

In the column “Followup: the last you’ll ever read about the Ark of the Covenant!” it reads,

I’m having trouble determining which part of the column was written by Cecil and which was written by Dex. Dex’s signature does not appear in this column and I can’t for the life of me figure out who wrote what. Is Cecil Jewish? Is he apologizing for his current reply or is it Dex apologizing for his previous reply? Who knows, I can’t tell who wrote that.

Unless Cecil = Dex, but I thought Cecil = Ed?

~Max

For those interested, there is much useful discussion of the Ark(s) in The Ark of the Covenant by Grierson and Munro-Hay.

I guess the cited column was a follow-up to this one, which claims

It is hardly a consensus view that “the Ark vanished during the Babylonian conquest.” Many think it was already gone by the time of King Josiah.

I continue to believe that the likeliest hypothesis is that Levites removed the Ark during the reign (which began circa 697 BC) of the heretic King Manasses. I think this follows from a critical reading of the accounts of Josiah’s restoration of the Temple, and the Jewish religion more generally. This is described in 2 Chronicles chapters 34-35 and 4 Kings chapters 22-23. Surely the Ark — if its whereabouts were known — would figure prominently in an account of the restoration of the Temple. Yet the account in 4 Kings mentions the Ark not at all, and 2 Chronicles has only a cursory mention (for which I show two translations):

Did the Levites obey the order? If they did, surely there would be an elaborate ceremony to report: the preceding chapter didn’t spare details of more mundane restorations. Why did the Levites have the Ark anyway? — It was supposed to be kept in the Temple.

I think the order to the Levites, coupled with the ensuing silence, is a cryptic hint that the Ark was missing, written by someone who didn’t want to write that explicitly.

It’s all the work of Dex, our CKDexterHaven.

When the columns went through the WordPress conversion mill (about the 4th or 5th time they had been migrated into Something Else over the life of this site) many of the original Straight Dope Science Advisory Board Mailbag/Staff Reports attributions got changed to “Cecil Adams.”

(Stuff happens in a mass migration, dammit.)

I’m fixing them as I find them, but that one had got past me. I’ll fix it now.

Thanks for catching that for us.

Jenny
your humble TubaDiva
Administrator

It’s all the work of Dex, our CKDexterHaven.

When the columns went through the WordPress conversion mill (about the 4th or 5th time they had been migrated into Something Else over the life of this site) many of the original Straight Dope Science Advisory Board Mailbag/Staff Reports attributions got changed to “Cecil Adams.”

(Stuff happens in a mass migration, dammit.)

I’m fixing them as I find them, but that one had got past me. I’ll fix it now.

Thanks for catching that for us.

Jenny
your humble TubaDiva
Administrator

Mystery solved!

As always, thanks to you and mods for everything you do to keep this place up and running.

~Max

Thanks, I might check that out some day when the libraries open again. Interesting stuff.

~Max

[quote=“TubaDiva, post:4, topic:854878, full:true”] (Stuff happens in a mass migration, dammit.)
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Monarch butterflies have mass migrations. As do the Sand Hill Cranes.

What if we have Exoduses ? Exoducci ? Exodii ?

Exoduses. Or, if you insist on going back to the Greek root, Exodoi.

Unless I misremember (always a possibility) there was a second portion to the Followup where Cecil responded too and countered the comments and criticisms of Dex, but probably due to the aforementioned migrations, that content seems to be gone. As I recall, he basically backed Dex 100%, and indicated that he felt Dex was being more than fair in expressing his own bias and being patient with the non-ending pushback on the subject of the manna. I don’t know if that piece is gone for good, or was actually included on a different Column. But since the column included the phrase “(Comment from Cecil Adams follows Dex’s reply)”, I think it was indeed this one and is just missing in action.