Collaboration, curiosity, endurance, creativity, passion, courage (willing to challenge stubborn consenses), and dedication. Many of the virtues of a good detective!
I would also include social and emotional intelligence, but we all know famous scholars who bombed in this area.
~Nijay Gupta, Associate Professor of New Testament, Portland Seminary, George Fox University
Be sure to check out Nijay’s musings on scholarship, the church, and reviews of books at https://cruxsolablog.com/.