Looking at: On what grounds — theological or historical — Brevard Childs denied Julius Wellhausen’s basic two-part plotline of Israel’s religious history.
Academic journals form the lifeblood of scholarly debate and discourse. Theologies and textbooks, even grammars and lexicons, rarely give you the fuller, deeper picture into the larger debate on a topic. For example we can find Richard Cervin and Wayne Grudem discussing the role of women in church and their conversation concerning κεφαλή (“head”) in biblical literature.
Interview with Charles Lee Irons about his impressively researched monograph, The Righteousness of God (Mohr Siebeck, 2015) over the New Perspective on Paul.
In the 15th century, the invention of the Gutenberg press meant that every literate Christian could read the Bible for themselves. This sowed the seeds for the Protestant reformation in which the self-interpreted Bible supplanted the church magisterium as the basic authority for Christian teaching. In the 21st century, the Internet and specifically the blogosphere and […]
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 […]
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” […]
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 […]