A good biblical scholar brings the text to life.
Plenty of curiosity, along with a good measure of endurance (and occasionally guts) to carry it out.
Peter Malik, Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel, Germany
Faithfulness without fearfulness.
~Timothy Larsen, McManis Professor Christian Thought, Wheaton College
Sometimes you just need four concise points to deliver a compelling message. Paul Sloan does that for us in this week’s edition of “What makes a good biblical scholar or theologian?”
It’s hard to give a one-word answer that doesn’t sound trite. I’ll offer a hyphenated cheat: “confident-humility.” Biblical scholarship requires a willingness to keep every question on the table and to listen to others...
Persistence. Dealing with failure and rejection are inherent parts of the academic game, be it in journal submissions, book proposals, conference papers, job applications, grant applications, fellowships, awards, or promotion.
“Sympathy, curiosity, industry, creativity, intentionality, honesty, and responsibility.”
Collaboration, curiosity, endurance, creativity, passion, courage (willing to challenge stubborn consenses), and dedication. Many of the virtues of a good detective!
A good biblical scholar realizes that others are smarter than he is.
Editor’s note: Crispin Fletcher-Louis has disrupted our normal series on “What makes a good Biblica Scholar or Theologian?” with a title of his own making. We’ll let it slide, because his advice is just that good. Enjoy the...