Taylor Weaver on “What makes a good Biblical Scholar or Theologian?”

My most salient advice for biblical scholars and theologians is: be aware of the diversity of your discipline, and work hard toward inculcating permeable boundaries for the disciplinary city. Those marginal spaces in the discipline are essential for the future of biblical studies and/or theology. We all note the importance of historical-critical work in all […]

Paul Sloan on “What makes a good Biblical Scholar or Theologian?”

Photo credit: Houston Baptist University 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?” “Fascination with the project” – if you’re not interested in the topic you’re researching, you’ll burn out. “Purposeful reading” […]

The Song of Songs: Love Is Strong as Death

The Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon) from the Hebrew Bible is a love song beyond compare— although it has been compared to everything. Some have deemed it ancient pornography. Others have sung its praise. In the second century C.E., Rabbi Akiva called it the “holy of holies.”1 Modern artist Marc Chagall’s interpretation of […]

Maddy Ward on “What makes a good Biblical Scholar or Theologian?”

Theology is a bit like a spider’s web, in the sense that cutting a single strand of a theological framework can drastically alter the shape of the whole. A good theologian understands the web from many angles. They can identify the fundamental tenets of an intricate system. They can foresee the potential effects of disregarding […]

2018 Septuagint Summer School in Salzburg

2-6 July 2018 – with Kristin De Troyer The Hebrew and Greek Texts of Joshua With the Salzburg Seniors ́ Seminar on Hebrew and Greek Manuscripts,Texts and Contexts by William Horbury (Cambridge), Günther Stemberger (Vienna), Johann Maier (Cologne), Andrew Macintosh (Cambridge), Stefan Reif (Cambridge) and Tessa Rajak (Oxford)   If you are a graduate student […]

Was there a “Septuagint Canon”?

In biblical and theological instruction and writing, it is common to refer to “the LXX” or “the Septuagint.” Old Testament / Hebrew Bible scholars refer to the LXX as the oldest translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, and scholars in New Testament and early Christian studies refer to the Septuagint as the text which the New […]

Christoph Heilig on “What makes a good Biblical Scholar or Theologian?”

For me personally, a good biblical scholar is someone who enriches the discipline not only, and not even primarily, through his or her publications, but also through the way he or she interacts with colleagues, especially those who do not yet hold powerful positions or might never do so. I am reminded of people for […]