Although the image of the lone scholar is prominent, it is not really accurate. All of us need other scholars to sharpen our ideas and to gain new viewpoints on the texts. As a result, it is important for scholars to be humble regarding their ideas and to be able to work with others.
Not only do both of these traits make you a more agreeable person to work with (an important factor in getting a job and retaining good colleagues), but they also help one to recognise that they do not need to have all the answers and that their work, as well as all of scholarship, is a process; one that will continue long after we are gone.
~Sean Adams, Lecturer in New Testament and Ancient Culture, University of Glasgow