Your response to the comment was right on. When I read the comment pushing the stuff about Hoffmeier, I thought what a bunch of crap. But, I had to go to work and didn't have time to investigate the claim. Reading now that Hoffmeier is just another biblical apologist, I'm glad I didn't waste any time on trying to make sense of it.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Showing that something is plausible doesn't prove that it happened.