A Proposed Name Change for the Journal BIBLICAL THEOLOGY BULLETIN

I recently came across this comment by Mike Gorman regarding the journal Biblical Theology Bulletin – ‘despite the title, [it is] a journal devoted primarily to social-scientific perspectives…’ (Elements of Biblical Exegesis, Hendrickson, 2008).
Gorman is right.  This is more or less a social-science journal.  What is to stop them from changing their name?  It is a bit odd that the name of the journal seems almost completely useless either for readers or for authors (unless you are ‘in the know’).  What might a name-change lead to?

The Bulletin for Social-Scientific Interpretation (?)

Journal for the Study of the Bible in Context (NB: an academic group known as ‘the Context Group’ is composed of social-scientists in biblical studies) (?)

Just a thought…

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2 thoughts on “A Proposed Name Change for the Journal BIBLICAL THEOLOGY BULLETIN

  1. Not the second one. You’d end up with unfortunate confusion with the Context Group like the confusion between the British Jesus Seminar of the BNTC and the American Jesus Seminar. Maybe Journal of Biblical Socio-Scientific Interpretation. Or leave it as it is with a disclaimer “this journal is not really biblical theology” or a subtitle “more or less social science”.

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