F.F. Bruce on the Vocation of a Biblical Scholar

A wonderful thought from the autobiography of F.F. Bruce:

To hear the voice of God in Holy Scripture oneself, and to help others to hear it, is a worthy cause to which to devote one’s resources; to be commissioned to devote them to this cause is a sacred trust, not to be undertaken lightly, not to be refused irresponsibly, but to be fulfilled thankfully. (In Retrospect, 312).

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  • I revisit that book every couple of years. He is my favorite New Testament scholar.

  • Brilliant! I may just use this in my inaugural lecture.

  • Jay

    being originally from a Brethren background, FF Bruce has always been a kind of patron saint of mine. I like what he says when remembering his former students, and his goal of getting them to think for themselves, and also to be influenced by/sympathetic to the text and authorial intent (p235):”Although my business is to expound Scripture objectively, there is no reason why I should exclude a note of animation when expounding Romans 3:21-26 or Hebrews 9:11-14″