Expertise and How to Detect It

A claim of expertise does not mean real expertise… particularly so on the “interwebs”

Larry Hurtado's Blog

Last week a friend pointed me to a web site where a guy, claiming expertise in something else (cryptography, I think, but it  doesn’t matter) also claimed to have established beyond dispute and for the first time in modern scholarly studies the “true” meaning of a particular Greek word used by Paul.  Moreover, on this basis the guy claims a radically different understanding of what Paul had to say on the topic with which this Greek word is associated.  So, what did I think?

Well, I have to say that it’s curious that someone with no training in a given field, lacking in at least some of the linguistic competence required (both relevant classical language and key modern scholarly languages), thinks himself able to find something that has eluded the entire body of scholars in that field who labor year-upon-year to try to discover anything new and interesting.  It’s also…

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