Sunday, August 23, 2009


以下是新约学者Larry Hurtado对有心进行新约研究者的劝勉

Q: “If there is one piece of advice you could give to someone entering New Testament scholarship, what would it be?”

A: “Yet again, how to choose one?? I’ll ignore that and offer a few that come to mind! Languages: work on Greek of course (reading, reading, reading, both NT texts and more widely, such as Apostolic Fathers), and other primary-text languages (especially Hebrew, but also Latin if possible), and key languages of modern scholarship (German especially, and French). Context and perspective: aim to familiarize yourself with texts, figures, movements, issues, developments ca. 200 BCE to at least 200 CE! It’s in this slightly wider historical horizon that one sees the remarkable features of the NT texts. Commit yourself also to fair and self-critical engagement with scholarship. My PhD supervisor (E. J. Epp) insisted on one rule above all others, and I re-affirm it: Make sure that you accurately represent the views of others, especially those with whom you disagree. Cheap polemics are of no value to anyone. The NT texts and the scholarship on them will require the most conscientious self-discipline of mind and spirit, and the honing of critical and expressive abilities. But I think these texts are worth the effort!”