Why Biblical Scholars Should Declare Their Worldviews

Biblical criticism is never value-free. In itself that’s not a problem; the problem arises when readers don’t know what worldview a particular scholar brings to his or her work.

MarinaMariya/istockphoto.

MarinaMariya/istockphoto.

Response
July 26 2017
About the author

Craig G. Bartholomew, until recently the H. Evan Runner professor of philosophy at Redeemer University College in Hamilton, Ontario, has been named incoming director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics in Cambridge (UK).


I am very grateful for Joshua Berman’s essay on the condition of biblical studies, and on the whole I agree strongly with his analysis of what ails it. Here I’d like to present my own take on some of his arguments and then suggest a way in which the field might move forward.

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

More about: Biblical criticism, History & Ideas