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Is there a Doctor in the House?: An Insider's Story and Advice on becoming a Bible Scholar [NOOK Book]

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Many people assume that becoming a serious student of the Bible merely requires diligent study of English Bible translations, but biblical scholarship is much more complex. Is There a Doctor in the House? demonstrates what it takes to be a responsible Bible teacher, a well-published Bible scholar, or even a good student of the Bible: exacting knowledge of biblical languages and the languages in which most Bible scholarship is done; a love for history and archaeology; a sensitivity for literature and literary ...

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Is there a Doctor in the House?: An Insider's Story and Advice on becoming a Bible Scholar

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Overview

Many people assume that becoming a serious student of the Bible merely requires diligent study of English Bible translations, but biblical scholarship is much more complex. Is There a Doctor in the House? demonstrates what it takes to be a responsible Bible teacher, a well-published Bible scholar, or even a good student of the Bible: exacting knowledge of biblical languages and the languages in which most Bible scholarship is done; a love for history and archaeology; a sensitivity for literature and literary genres; and an understanding of theology, ethics, and ancient religions and philosophies. In one sense, every Bible scholar has to be a general practitioner—the foundation of biblical scholarship must be both broad and well built. Through the course of this book, Witherington invites would-be Bible experts to pursue excellence for the sake of the Bible’s world-altering message. From students considering a Ph.D. to lay Bible teachers, Is There a Doctor in the House? promises to be an informative, engaging, and often humorous resource.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310493037
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Ben Witherington III is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world and has written over forty books, including The Brother of Jesus (co-author), The Jesus Quest, and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. Witherington has been interviewed on NBC Dateline, CBS 48 Hours, FOX News, top NPR programs, and major print media including the Associated Press and the New York Times. He was featured with N.T. Wright on the recent BBC Easter special entitled, The Story of Jesus. Ben lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. ‘The Life of a Scholar Will Make You Holler’: Preliminary Considerations
Chapter 2. Ad Fontes: Going Back to the Source(s)
Chapter 3. Priming the Pump: Original Language Study
Chapter 4. Can You Dig It? The Importance of History and Archaeology
Chapter 5. Are You Literate in Literature? The Importance of Literary Sensitivity
Chapter 6. Summa Theologica: Knowing Your Theology and Ethics
Chapter 7. The Write Stuff: The Ability to Research and Write
Chapter 8. Honing Your Rhetoric: The Ability to Lecture and Teach
Chapter 9. Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: The Art of Interpretation and Hermeneutics
Chapter 10. Seek and Ye Shall Find: Choosing a School, a Program, A Mentor
Chapter 11. Taking it to the Streets: The Public Ministry of the Bible Scholar
Chapter 12. Jack of All Trades, or Specialist? On Being a G.P. in a PG World
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2011

    Recommended if you are considering getting a doctorate in theology.

    Witherington answers a lot of questions I had about seeking a doctorate in biblical studies. His chapter on the difference between the American and British graduate degree system is fascinating. But the book could have used a good editor. The author tells a lot of bad jokes and puns which hurt the overall effectiveness of the work.

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