The Review of Biblical Literature (RBL) In Recent Discussion

Well said Jim!

Zwinglius Redivivus

Around and about the biblical-studies world folk have here and there been lamenting the at times poor quality of reviews appearing in RBL.  I have several observations about this:

1- I have never seen a Journal which did not at one time or another have utter crap for both reviews and essays.  It’s just part of life.  I’ve hardly bothered with JBL, for instance, for the last decade because the essays by and large are uninteresting sounding and when I do take the risk and read one I’m usually bored to tears.  I enjoy SJOT much more (even were I not involved with it), CBQ (always a delight), and various online journals.  That said, there, again, isn’t one of any which hasn’t published absolute rubbish.

2- It’s easy to point out the failings of reviews and reviewers.  Let’s speak plainly- some reviewers are clearly inept and know nothing of the…

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