9/11/16

Jacob Neusner Style Apology for Plagiarism: "See the Footnote"

Jacob Neusner step one. Publish someone's work as your own in 2005 (about 900 pages).

Jacob Neusner step two: Get caught doing that four years later

Jacob Neusner step three: Apologize in a footnote in an article in an obscure journal. "Hendrickson did not reproduce the credit for Dr. Zahavy's translation set forth on the title page." It was not Neusner's mistake, you see. It was the publisher who forgot to "reproduce the credit." Yes, Neusner concludes, "I regret the omission and here acknowledge his contribution." Notice "the omission" not "my omission".

I cannot imagine a less forthright statement of ownership of an egregious act of direct plagiarism.

The source of the footnote is this essay: "EXPLAINING AN ACADEMIC COMMENTARY: A VISUAL RECAPITULATION OF BAVLI HULLIN AS TRANSLATED BY TZVEE ZAHAVY"
Appeared in: Review of Rabbinic Judaism, Volume 12, Issue 2, pages 287 – 296 





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