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Is there a doctor in the house? : an insider's story and advice on becoming a Bible scholar

Author: Ben Witherington, III
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Witherington, III
ISBN: 9780310493020 0310493021
OCLC Number: 705350842
Description: 156 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The illustrated guide to a PhD --
Fast forward --
1. "In principio erat verbum" : preliminary considerations --
2. Seek and ye shall find : choosing a school, a program, a mentor --
3. "Ad fontes" : back to the source(s) --
4. Priming the pump : original context study --
5. Are you literate in literature? : the importance of literary sensitivity --
6. "Summa theologica" : knowing your theology and ethics --
7. The write stuff : the ability to research and write --
8. Rightly dividing the word of truth : the art of interpretation and hermeneutics --
9. Honing your rhetoric : the ability to lecture and teach --
10. The character of the biblical teacher or scholar --
11. Counting the cost : surveying the sacrifices --
Appendix 1. Planning ahead : what to do during graduate school --
Appendix 2. Wesley's series of classic Christian works for his preachers
Responsibility: Ben Witherington III.

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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 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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