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, naturally, 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. But if we are humble, and as God is merciful, we may find in the various offerings of professional scholars good things that are worth taking home, silly things that should just be ignored, and maybe a few bad 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 will always use 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 we who believe. Here, then, are ALL 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.
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*Page posted June 19, 2010; Archive dated to December, 2009