In the Corinthian ecclesia, “not many” were well born, well connected, or well educated according to worldly standards – but among those who were, some used their gifts to take care of their brothers and sisters, while others made very human mistakes. More accurately, all those talented folks must have been BOTH a blessing AND curse to the church there in Corinth, depending on what time (and person) Paul asked.
Worldly wisdom can often be helpful and useful. It can also puff up, misdirect and evaporate. A purely factual knowledge of scripture can leave us spiritually empty, but with moderation and prudence (and more importantly, focus) the benefits of contextual understanding also promise to help us avoid falsehood and self-deception. A healthy balance is what every genuine scholar aims for, but ALL brilliant minds have their moments of veering from blessing to curse.
‘Moderation in all things’, said the king who prayed most for wisdom. So, if we are humble, and God is merciful, we may discover that various offerings of professional scholars will provide us with plenty of good things that are worth taking home, but also a number of silly things that should just be ignored, and even some awful things that should be hung out to dry in the public square at high noon.
At their best, the Bible students and Biblical Scholars who blog, speak & write books about scripture are engaging in conversations, some of which promise to help all of us make better sense of what we need to remember and what we might need to forget. At our worst, we’re a lot else besides. But again, God IS merciful. Let the reader understand.
God uses fools to confound the most wise. I’ve been on both sides of that. How about you? God even uses angry, hostile unbelievers – sometimes – to teach those of us who believe. Here, then, are 600+ links to academic Bible Bloggers (“the Bibliobloggers”) and to the Blogs of related individuals and companies who stay involved in the public debates about studying that which Christians call Holy Scripture.
If you want to see what Seminary and University Professors really do, when they do what they do, with the Bible - this is the place to begin exploring. Take it or leave it. Either way, God help us all.
(UPDATE/NOTE: This list is circa 2009 and was originally compiled - if memory serves - by the legendary blogger known as "NT Wrong" and his loyal cadre of
*Page posted June 19, 2010; Archive dated to December, 2009