Scholars in Press—a new interview series you don't want to miss

Chris and I are pleased to announce a new series we'll be hosting at Old School Script. You may have noticed that our writings tend to be linguistically bent, rather than exegetically based or theological, for that matter. While we are concerned with the latter, we are both convinced that certain linguistic frameworks can bring a great deal of explanatory power to the table of biblical studies, and such that has yet to fully be appreciated.

The series we'll be hosting is called "Scholars in Press". The aim is to provide a little bit of spotlight time for up-and-coming scholars (or one’s who’ve already been “made”) that specialize in the intersection of linguistics and biblical studies—in that order. You may notice that those participating range from being unknown to familiar to quite popular. In other words, some might not seem so "up-and-coming". But the truth is, the entire enterprise of applying linguistics to biblical studies is still being felt out. Widespread adoption is far from present, and arms-length curiosity is probably the best description.

"Scholars in Press" will seek to soften this disposition, and encourage active engagement with those on the front lines, the ones who are already invested in marrying linguistics to biblical studies. They may be few in number, but it's our hope that this (ongoing?) series will encourage others to follow suit.

A concomitant effect, and perhaps more important aim of this series, is that scholars and lay alike can have access to this budding movement of bridging linguistics and biblical studies in other venues besides the purely academic scene (e.g., journal articles / conferences). And, πρὸ πάντων (above all), it is our hope that Old School Script can be a stage for multiple other voices to be heard—not just established biblical scholars who may or may not be preaching solid linguistic principles.

A new page—titled "Scholars in Press"—will provide a basic description of the series, followed by hyperlinks to the various scholars who are interviewed. Also, for ease of identifying the interviews—if you're one of those people who just scroll through pages of posts—the featured image for every post will be a picture of the Gutenberg printing press, so you can know what to look for:

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I hope you enjoy this series. And please, pass the word onto your friends. The more traction we get with ventures like this, the faster the world of biblical studies will come to appreciate linguistic endeavors.

If you have any people you would like to see interviewed, please leave them in the comments section. We can't promise anything, but we'll certainly take note of your requests.

Oh, and one last thing: you can expect one interview a week (or maybe two).