It has been quite some time since I first recommended the book by Avinoam Sapir on Genesis.
"Linguistic Archeology" is a valuable book for analysts.
The purpose of the book is to use his SCAN method (Scientific Content Analysis) to identify the author of Genesis. It is a very lengthy, detailed book, without good chapter breaks (in some places the editing of paragraphs could be better) and the reader should not simply think of it as a lengthy proof of authorship. Instead, it should be considered a "journey" into "Anonymous Author Identification" work, that it is, and consider it many many lessons of Statement Analysis, rather than a singular one.
It is a book to be studied, rather than read.
It is 600 pages of treasure, and for this, it is worth the expense. As goes the phrase, "you get what you pay for", in this, I consider the paperback version and price to be a marvelous bargain.
For the money, I have more than four decades of careful research and data building that addresses many principles of analysis, even though the singular theme sometimes seems far out of sight.
It is a discipline study; that is, it is not an easy "How to catch a liar" book that is so appealing to the masses. There is so much insight given into oft repeated stories that it would take many pages to simply review the work properly.
The topic of "social introductions" is given in depth, and it is repeated often. As I cover the simple on the blog, this is an opportunity for those given to study and formal training, to have insight into the complexities of human nature behind and revealed by the social introductions.
The Bible's first "murder"?
Not so fast.
The ancient use of the word "son", versus the use of the word "child", alone, is worth the price of the book.
I owe more than I can repay to the work and labors of Avinoam Sapir. He shows that although the investigator may immediately begin to apply principles to statements, the ongoing monthly guided training is where the work begins for those who seek excellence.
True enough, for causal readers, the "Lie books" are helpful even as media and deception have become popular and accepted today, but for those willing to submit to the rigors of study and discipline, "Linguistic Archeology" is a paperback book that you are likely going to make it look much like mine: well worn, beat up, with lots of notes and markings.
Avinoam Sapir is a rare genius and other than some editing, my complaint remains the same:
I wish the book had not come to an end.
I don't think there is a greater compliment to an author than to have tackled his work, cover to cover, repeatedly, and left wanting more.
No professional should be unfamiliar with this work.
As I set the final "Statement Analysis Certification" for those who study in Hyatt Analysis Services, included is the CEUs from the University of Maine but the mandated:
1. Successful Completion of the course, Statement Analysis, including quizzes, tests, and final.
2. Minimum of Two Years of Monthly Ongoing Guided Training
3. Successful Completion of Advanced Statement Analysis, including profiling and Anonymous Author Identification;
4. Publication of Thesis, including thesis approval from 3 professional analysts.
Currently, I strongly encourage and recommend "Linguistic Archeology" though, perhaps, consideration should be given to elevating it.
When a professional, in whatever field, receives this Certification, his or her master level work will be of such that any company who hires them, or any police department that utilizes their work, or any professional need for analysis will show its own excellence: The analyst is a professional who's work will speak for itself. By this time, the disciplines, rigors and use of peer review, are now life long habits of best practice.
They are those that practice professional excellence, which makes them so willing to help others. They, too, share in the debt to Mr. Sapir.
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