A few things come to mind for biblical students who want to be scholars and teachers: [Read more…]
A good biblical scholar or theologian knows well the primary literature and the original languages.
~Craig A. Evans, John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins, Houston Baptist University
Over 70 volumes of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (P.Oxy.) have been published in print. These volumes are expensive and typically available only in well-stocked libraries. But the first 15 volumes (1898–1923), covering over 1,800 ancient papyri retrieved from the sands of Oxyrhynchus, will soon be available for Logos Bible Software. That includes the transcriptions, the photographic plates, the notes and commentary on contents, the discussion of dates and importance, and more. All of this material, from cover to cover of the first fifteen volumes, is included in the Logos edition.
We are part of a common guild, so to be a good scholar in this sense is to be committed to the content of the guild but also the community of the guild.
Regarding the content, every scholar brings their individual strengths to the mix so it would be hard to pin down a distinct feature. For example, some do well with analysis, others do well with synthesis, and both approaches provide a service to the academic community. Methods come and go, but the skill and discipline of giving close readings of texts will always be valued in biblical and theological studies.
Regarding the community, now that I’m entering my mid-career phase, I also appreciate much more the committed, mutual support of other scholars, whether this is formal or informal feedback, contributing to projects, or just the advice for various aspects of life.
~Benjamin Blackwell, Assistant Professor of Theology, Houston Baptist University
A number of interesting jobs this week in OT, Biblical Studies, Theology, and Ethics, from New York to Oxford, South Africa to Quebec. [Read more…]
The following paper by Stephen Chan was presented at the “Internationale Konferenz über Moltmanns Denken und Sino-Theologie”, held at Chung Yuan University, Taipei, Taiwan.
In his early article on the philosophy of hope, Paul Ricoeur admiringly spoke of Moltmann’s eschatological theology: “For my part I have been very much taken with – I should say, won over by – the eschatological interpretation that Jurgen Moltmann gives to the Christian kerygma in his work The Theology of Hope.”1 It is quite uncommon for a contemporary European philosopher to so explicitly admit his indebtedness to theological insight. Yet, this is reminiscent of the intriguing history of how Karl Barth’s Römerbrief once inspired Martin Heidegger’s Sein und Zeit. [Read more…]
I would say something different for biblical scholar and theologian (the two are not always the same), but for biblical scholar:
Attention to detail combined with breadth of interest.
~ John M. G. Barclay, Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, The University of Durham
A lighter week in jobs, but still a number of exciting open rank positions in OT, Theology, and Church History, and a very interesting NT job at the University of Geneva. [Read more…]