I’m getting an essay ready to submit to a journal and since all my references are in a database I thought I’d take a look at their chronological distribution. First, I was more than a little shocked that I had cited 97 separate works not counting primary sources. The oldest is Grotius’ 1644, Annotata ad Vetus Testamentum and the most recent is Wajdenbaum’s forthcoming Argonauts of the Desert: Structural Analysis of the Hebrew Bible. This alone is interesting because the essay in which I reference these works has next to nothing to do with the Hebrew Bible. By the way, I haven’t seen Wajdenbaum book as yet but, from the advanced description, it falls into a class of works that I reference. If I haven’t been able to see it before my essay goes to press (if it ever does), I will delete the reference. The other three references from this decade are at least on subject and, more importantly, I have read them. Excluding Gortius, here is the distribution of my reference by decade.
I guess this isn’t too bad. The current decade is still young. For those with truly abnormal interests, the average publication date of my references with Gortius is 1986 and without Gortius that average just short of 1990. The median with or without Gortius median is 1995.