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Academic Biblical Studies

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[As of 12 October, 2015, new rules are in play, and we need your help in ensuring the reinstated standards of this subreddit.]

This is a subreddit mainly for discussion of early Judaism and Christianity—with a focus on Biblical texts, but also related noncanonical literature (1 Enoch, the Dead Sea Scrolls, etc.)—in a scholarly context. Relevant topics might include general exegetical issues, ancient languages and translation, the study of the historical Jesus, textual criticism, reception history of early Jewish/Christian literature, etc.

Academic Biblical Studies is a field just like any other in the humanities. It attempts to do work with minimal ideological bias, which then undergoes peer-review in order to ensure this. As such, discussion on this subreddit should be framed in an academic/historical context, rather than from a (non-academic) confessional/theological one.

Non-academic queries for more (academic) information are certainly welcome. However, as for direct responses to a question itself, these are expected to be substantive and to show knowledge of the academic contours of the issue—which more often than not means the academic literature itself; and thus, with rare exceptions, responses are required to explicitly refer to a published academic work on this issue. (This has been clarified here.)

Resources

|| |:--:| |• The Wiki| |• /r/AcademicBiblical's compilation of online resources for early Jewish/Christian studies: lexicons, texts in original languages, etc.|

Some of the major academic journals for the study of early Judaism and Christianity:

(See here for an excellent blog that publishes the table of contents of the most recent issues of many of these journals when they're released -- though the blog manager himself writes mainly in modern Greek. See here for another feed.)


Visit /r/Scholar to request articles that can't be found freely on the internet or through your university's databases.

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