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…