Friday, March 31, 2006

Exegetical Idol?

The previous post generated some interest and some good comments. Someone noted the tendency to "idolize," and this reminded me of "American Idol," I think it's called "Pop Idol" in UK and "Australian Idol" in...New Zealand. Anyway, let's roll with that analogy:

Although one judge thought he was too liberal (authorship of Jude/2 Peter), and another thought he was too conservative (early high christology, lack of respect for critical consensus on Gospel communities), the viewers hvae spoken. It looks like Richard Bauckham wins the very scientific voting on this year's edition of "Exegetical Idol": he wins a five year publishing/recording contract with "Chris Tilling Really Very Holy Ministries (CTRVHM)", a worldwide ministry enterprise that will really help Richard get out of the academic set and into the mainstream. There's even a movie, the script already written, about apocalyptic drama, which will star Bauckham as a coffehouse barista and secret exegete who uncovers the plot to end history. The script of course is written by Alan Bandy.

What, you say? Pitting scholars as actors? Well, there's so much exegesis in this movie, hiring actors would prove problematic, as the first year of production would be taken up by intensive study of the New Testament, Greek and other relevant languages, Hebrew Scriptures, etc. Several actors, including Tom Cruise, took but failed to pass an exegetical test to see if they could qualify. So we're going with Bauckham. It's like hiring a non-Italian actor when you could just get an Italian non-actor; saves you a lot of time in the long run.

6 Comments:

Blogger steph said...

NZ? Yeah right, I saw that. Snap bite grumble grumble.

And all this hero worship idol contest stuff is unhealthy IMHO. Respect and recognition is one thing but hanging on every word and noise one person makes is weird. The fact that NT Wright even has his own hyperactive mail list fan club is just creepy.

7:10 PM, March 31, 2006  
Blogger Chris Tilling said...

So long as he writes no crap he is welcome. I have high standards.

12:42 PM, April 01, 2006  
Blogger J. B. Hood said...

Steph, I was trying to do a little tongue-in-cheek number. Hopefully no one's encouraging hero worship. It is important to have good exegetical models to follow; Bauckham certainly qualifies. Sort of being a disciple from a distance in one very narrow area of life.


Chris,

congratulations on getting the pope to join CTRVHM. I knew he would come around. Did you poison John Paul 2.0 to open up this door?

7:55 PM, April 01, 2006  
Blogger steph said...

No worries J.B. So was my comment! It's all entertainment.

5:32 AM, April 02, 2006  
Blogger Chris Tilling said...

Did you poison John Paul 2.0 to open up this door?
Yes. I spiked the incense with various additional 'herbs'.

7:41 AM, April 02, 2006  
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4:28 PM, April 03, 2006  

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