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by Johnathan Pritchett - Monday, February 29, 2016, 04:55 PM
In your dissertations, if you write a sentence like this:

"Many scholars are turning to social sciences for insights in aiding exegesis." 

It better have a footnote that demonstrates it. Something like this:

"For examples, see Craig Evans, Noncanonical Writings and New Testament Interpretation, (Peabody: Hendrickson, 1992); Walter A. Elwell and Robert Yarbrough, Readings From The First Century World, (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998); Everett Ferguson, Backgrounds of Early Christianity, 2nd Ed., (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993); Joel Green, ed. Hearing the New Testament: Strategies for Interpretation, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995); Jerome Neyrey, ed. The Social World of Luke-Acts: Models for Interpretation, (Peabody: Hendrickson, 1991); Bruce Malina, The New Testament World, 3rded., (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1993); Victor Matthews and Don Benjamin, Social World of Ancient Israel 1250-587 BCE, (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1993); David deSilva, Honor, Patronage, Kinship, and Purity: Unlocking the New Testament Culture, (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2000); John Walton, Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible, (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006)." 

In more than a few dissertations, we see many statements that say, "The majority of schoalrs say..." or "Several scholars are now suggesting..." with no data or references to think these sweeping sorts of statements are correct. 

Be sure to provide examples in a footnote. 

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