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The End of Biblical Studies

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In this radical critique of his own academic specialty, biblical scholar Hector Avalos calls for an end to biblical studies as we know them. He outlines two main arguments for this surprising conclusion. First, academic biblical scholarship has clearly succeeded in showing that the ancient civilization that produced the Bible held beliefs about the origin, nature, and purp...more
Hardcover, 399 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Prometheus Books
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So. Avalos's conclusions are bizarre. He thinks the solution is to "Retain biblical studies, but redefine its purpose so that it is tasked with eliminating completely the influence of the Bible in the modern world"

Not only is that just a completely unrealistic and impossible goal, but that sounds like the exact opposite of a scholarly discipline. Imagine if you replaced "Biblical" Studies with "Shakespearean Studies" or "Homeric Studies". It's just weird. Who would want to eliminate completely t...more
he dismantles some of W L Craig's nonsense.
The author was raised in a Pentecostal family and became a child evangelist in the 1960s. He decided to become a biblical scholar in order to fight for the truth of the Bible and more effectively oppose atheism and 'wrong' religions. He is now an associate professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University, however the journey from child evangelist to biblical academic persuaded him that biblical scholarship's primary motivation is the perpetuation of biblical scholarship and the only hones...more
Avalos does a wonderful job of detailing the religionist agenda of what he calls the ecclesial-academic complex that seeks to maintain the privileged status of the bible through the large arm of its reach. This is accomplished through falsifying translations, the attempt to spread the apologetic notion that there is such a thing as an "original text" and that it is recoverable, and mass media, pedagogic, and publishing campaigns that whitewash and gloss over the absurdities and alien nature of t...more
Lynne Williamson
Analyzes the persistence of "religiosity" in biblical studies as attempts are made to perpetuate a need for university bible history/archeology departments. The author exposes the lack of a genuine baseline bible after multiple translations of translations and describes attempts to "protect" the faithful from the worst parts of the bible through judicious changes via translations.
A solid book but as I recall it was very dry...a review forthcoming.
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Hector Avalos is a professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University and the author of several books about religion. He is a former Pentecostal preacher and child evangelist. Recognized as one of the foremost scholars of health care in the ancient world, Avalos is also one of the most prominent secular humanist biblical scholars today.

He has a Doctor of Philosophy in Hebrew Bible and Near Ea...more
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