Thursday, November 06, 2014

The Role of Scholarship within a Seminary "Text-Community"

An ideal of scholarship (scholaris) is directly related to the textual nature of the seminary community. It is hardly without good reason that within Scripture itself, the duties of the king (Deut 17:18), the prophet (Jer 36:2), and the high priest (Ezra 7:10-11), are those of the scholar, that is, reading and applying the Scriptures to life.

A community founded on a text cannot tolerate anything less than genuine scholarship in its leaders. Moreover, the degree to which a seminary's community practices scholarship in all its tasks is a measure of its faithfulness to its fundamental commitments to the text of Scripture.
—John Sailhamer, "The Nature, Purpose, and Tasks of a Theological Seminary"

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