Modern Biblical Scholarship Has Returned to the Speculative Methods of the Middle Ages
Remember when medieval theologians used to debate, endlessly, the speculative question of how many angels could balance on the head of a pin? In some quarters, that’s where we are again.
What if he were raised a persimmon? What if he were raised a marijuana addict? What if he were raised a salmon? More importantly, what is the goal of such speculation except the cynical hijacking of a biblical character for ideological rather than theological purposes.
I suppose, to make their case more plainly, it will be claimed that Jacob was transgendered. Or that James was. Or that Paul was. Or that Jesus was. That way, those with a certain, specific, postmodern, self indulgent mindset can claim these folk as ‘one of their own’. Without so much as a dribble of sensible evidence.
So afraid are many scholars to actually confront the biblical text and deal with it on its own terms (theological terms) that any side road will do; any diversion. Anything to avoid the text. Anything at all.
With apologies to all involved in such enterprises (#SorryNotSorry), it’s senseless and silly.
NB- Now we can expect a whole spate of books published by HarperOne and other such Murchochian publishers ‘investigating’ the transgendered nature of just about every person the Bible ever mentions by name.