The Biblical Scholar and the Public

For all the lip service still paid to the Bible in our society, it remains largely a mystery to lay people.
– William Dever, What Did the Biblical Writers Know & When Did They Know It?, 1

The thesis of this book is simple. It is that many—I would even venture to say most—people who read the Bible misunderstand it.
– Steven McKenzie, How to Read the Bible, 1

The sentiments by expressed above are merely two examples of a sentiment shared by those of us who have dedicated our careers to carefully studying the text of the Bible, and its linguistic, literary, historical, and even archaeological contexts. Like my colleagues above, I too have bewailed similar sentiments…. to be continued

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