IS There a Doctor in the House—- Yes There Is!

It’s a long climb up the hill to become a Bible scholar.  And finally, there is a book out that tells you how it can be done— at least one man’s journey, namely mine.   Zondervan has done a nice job with the production, and it is now available on Kindle, at Amazon at CBD etc.

I will just say that, of course there are many ways to become a Bible scholar, some easier than others, but there are certain constants along the way, and this book is in some ways my most personal one, full of personal anecdotes,  which I hope you will find helpful.   As for that top picture— well its the Frio river below, which of course means I was in Texas…. pursuing the upward call of God :)

  • Matt Dowling

    Looks great! Thank you for this book Ben. It really is a great service to us younger scholars. Blessings to you

  • Matt

    Sounds good, downloading it now.

  • Mark Stevens

    Pre-ordered the Amazon Kindle edition. It says it will be released on the 23rd. Review will ensue! :)

  • BW16

    Does your book answer this question: what is the difference between a Bible Scholar and a Biblical Scholar?

  • ben

    I would thing BW16 that the answer to that question is obvious. Anyone with the brains, work ethic and time, and devotion can be a scholar of the Bible. But to be a ‘Biblical’ scholar, requires a good deal more, and a good deal of grace and character formation.


  • BW16

    Thanks Prof BWIII.
    I’m also interested in doing some Queer Bible Criticism and wonder if you can give any advice on how this can be done as part of a fruitful career as a Bible Scholar? I only ask because I noticed your other upcoming book under the post “Philippians Revisited: Higher Up and Further In” on the Eerdword blog.

  • Ben Witherington

    BW16 you will need to ask someone like Dale Martin about that subject. I can’t be much help. In general, I am not much a fan of special interest attempts to re-read the Bible in light of modern agendas.

    Blessings anyway,


  • BW16

    Yes, you are probably right. I much prefer the objectivist Evangelical approach myself.
    Warmest regards!

  • Ben Witherington

    I’d be happy with any objective and historical approach Evangelical or otherwise. It does help to know the history of exegesis as it prevents reading a good deal of modern assumptions into the text.


  • Luke


    Is this book useful for those who are working heartily to study scholarly topics (original languages, archeology, history, etc.) but may never be PhD candidates?

  • Ben Witherington


  • Meltem Ciftci

    Congurulations and Blessings Ben ,for another wonderful book of Yours. This time a personal story !
    I’d love to read it sometime.

    Warm Greetings from Turkey.


  • ben

    Thank you Mel! I miss you! Ben

  • Deane

    It looks like a most humorous book, Dr. W3.

    I was also intrigued by the exchange above with “BW16″, if that is their real name. Can you briefly tell me why you chose the term “Bible scholar” rather than the term which I think is more common today, and certainly more inclusive – “biblical scholar”? With thanks in advance.

  • BW16

    bumping this post…

  • Ruby

    Thanks for sharing it.