All of scholar pretendus' pretensions that the 607 date is significant are precisely that -- pretensions. All of his arguments hinge on assuming that this is the most important date of ancient history, when it clearly is not. What this guy wants to do is force this assumption on everyone else and then challenge them to disprove his claims. This ass-backwards reasoning is typical of that used by cult apologists.
The fact is that, if the 607 date were correct, then almost every date prior to about 539 B.C. is wrong. This would mean that thousands of historical documents are so much junk. But why would virtually all ancient documents prior to 539 B.C. pertaining to Middle Eastern history be wrong? Why would 539 be the turning point? Isn't it obvious that it's the Society's claims that are so much junk? Especially in view of the fact that all JW apologists -- and most especially the Society's writers themselves -- deliberately ignore much evidence?
It's clear that the Watchtower Society and its apologists hold inconsistent standards. On the one hand, they have no problem with the 539 date for the fall of Babylon, or with the post-539 historical data that confirms this date, but reject all pre-539 data that also confirm the date. This is special pleading of the worst sort.
All readers of this forum who have experienced the special pleading and putrid reasoning set forth by JW apologists know how these people work.
A good example pertains to scholar pretendus here. Some weeks ago, I posted information that showed unequivocally that one statement by Josephus shows that the Jews returned to Judah, not in 537 B.C. as the Watchtower claims, but in 538 B.C., which clobbers the 607 date. This guy subsequently claimed that he could take just a couple of hours to refute this, along with many other disproofs of Watchtower claims, but he has yet to make another peep about it. Obviously he hopes that readers will forget. Likely he has the same philosophy as the Governing Body that works so well with the JW community -- "if we don't talk about this for a long time, people will forget about it." Well, there are no people on this board that gullible, aside from JW apologists.