A good biblical scholar realizes that others are smarter than he is.
At least, this is true for me. Because of this, I find it incredibly valuable to have two or three people — colleagues, friends, teachers, mentors, whatever — to run crazy ideas past. Run drafts of articles past them. Run book proposals past them. Run SBL paper proposals past them. Require them to be brutally honest. And promise them you won’t get (too) upset. And let them — encourage them — to do the same with you. Your work will be sharper. Your writing will be sharper. And you will be sharper.
Finally, master the data.
~Rick Brannan, General Editor of the Lexham English Septuagint, Independent Scholar and Information Architect, Logos Bible Software