[b-hebrew] Doctorates or not (was Re: XSD)
shevaroys at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 3 17:50:44 EDT 2005
IMHO formal education of any kind is a quick stepping
stone for a new entrant into any field. Any knowledge
gathered thro' formal education however can be met and
exceeded without formal education, if there is
determination. I wonder how many doctorates a Thomas
Edison or a Tesla or the Wright brothers had.
Other than a medical degree where self-learning could
risk human lives, anything else could be learnt
through private study, determination and a normal
level of intelligence.
I do however understand the need for some with
doctorates to defend the value of their doctorates.
--- Karl Randolph <kwrandolph at email.com> wrote:
> How many times have you read Tanakh in Hebrew? I
> mean cover
> to cover. Have you memorized any chapters? There are
> who may not have academic degrees, but who have
> studied as
> much as those who have those degrees.
> One of the problems with this field is that there
> are too
> many conclusions that are more philosophically based
> strictly linguisticly. As a result, people react
> their philosophic biases.
> As for the lazy people, ...
> Karl W. Randolph.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jim West" <jwest at highland.net>
> > Dave wrote
> > >
> > >> Look at this forum. We have folks of every
> level of knowledge from the
> > >> newborn to the lifetime-fluent, and we all talk
> to each other, share ideas
> > >> and exchange information and topics. It really
> doesn't matter that X has a
> > >> Ph.D. and Y doesn't, everybody has an equal
> voice here.
> > I am always amazed at the disregard that people
> have for professionally
> > trained biblical scholars. They are a sort of
> "whipping boy" for all
> > those who imagine that one person's opinion is
> just as valid as another.
> > You cannot name one other field of professional
> studies where this
> > claim is made so regulary, frequently, or
> > No one would imagine going to their medical doctor
> and saying- "well
> > doc, that's just your opinion. I'm a self taught
> doctor and i think i
> > should write myself a prescription for valium
> whether you think i should
> > or not." But in biblical studies everyone who has
> ever skimmed a
> > grammar, read one or two books, and owns a bible,
> thinks that their
> > voice carries equal validity as the voice of a
> person who has invested
> > years and years in intense academic study of the
> field. It is, if i may
> > be blunt, retarded to make such a suggestion.
> > The next time someone says that "everyone's
> opinion is equally valid" i
> > hope they go to their lawyer, their doctor, their
> nurse, or any other
> > intensively trained professional and try the same
> > Its sickening to me that people who talk about
> loving the bible so much
> > are so lazy, disinterested, or arrogant that they
> wont make the effort
> > that others have in studying it and yet tell
> themselves, and others,
> > that they know as much as someone else does and
> they are proud that they
> > have no degree in it because that just proves
> their intelligence.
> > Bull *&(%
> > --
> > Jim West, ThD
> > Biblical Studies Resources -
> > Biblical Theology Weblog -
> > Non ergo fidem confirmare potest ulla creatura --
> Huldrych Zwingli
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