Max Botner on “What Makes a Good Biblical Scholar or Theologian?”

From my perspective, a good biblical scholar is someone who is immersed in the primary sources, has a firm grasp of the history of the discipline, and communicates clearly with and listens to the voices of others.

A healthy dose of self-awareness about one’s own ideological commitments is also in order—after all, the vast majority of watershed moments in biblical studies are marked by someone who had a theological (or, if one prefers, an ideological) axe to grind.


Max Botner (PhD, St Andrews) is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Cornerstone University.

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Dr. Tavis Bohlinger is Editor-in-Chief of the Logos Academic Blog and Creative Director at Reformation Heritage Books. He holds a PhD from Durham University and writes across multiple genres, including academia, poetry, and screenwriting. He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife and three children.

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