With great thanks to Robert Holmstedt who sent it along. This is Michael V. Fox. 1987. Hebrew Studies 28:6-8. You all know by now of my loathing for endnotes1 I had no idea that Fox, or anyone, had ever so clearly and in such a sustained manner commented on this matter. I also look forward to following up on the (ironically located) endnotes in his footnote, particularly the references to Bowersock2. What makes this all the sweeter is that it comes from within our own field.
Thank you Prof. Fox. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Forever, thank you.
Please, read this, the best ever footnote and enjoy. Fox on Footnotes (PDF)